Lacey and the African Grandmothers

Lacey and the African Grandmothers


By Sue Farrell Holler


Can a sewing project make a difference half-way across the world? 

Lacey Little Bird loves spending time with Kahasi, an elder on her reserve who is like a grandmother to her. From Kahasi, Lacey is learning about their people, the Siksika Blackfoot tribe of Alberta, including the art of beadwork. 

Lacey hears about a project to help grandmothers in Africa who are raising their grandchildren because their parents have died from AIDS. Even though Africa is far, far away, Lacey wants to help and emails the grandmothers with a plan to raise money by selling beaded purses. 

What difference can a young Blackfoot girl from North America make in the lives of grandmothers in Africa? A lot, as Lacey discovers. Her decision to help will bring about amazing changes in her life and her community.

Lacey and the African Grandmothers is based on true events, real people, and the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign. 

A Kids' Power Book

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About the Author

Sue Farrell Holler traces the start of her writing career to elementary school when she regularly wrote to more than a hundred penpals. A genuine love of writing led Sue to journalism school and she is now a freelance writer based in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

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Product Information

  • Release: October 1, 2009

  • $14.95 Paperback

  • 164 Pages

  • 6.5 x 8

  • Children's Nonfiction

  • Ages 9-13 / Grades 5-8

  • Guided Reading: X

  • ISBN: 9781897187616


  • Character Education
    > Empathy
    > Strong Female Characters

  • History & Social Studies
    > Global Cultures
    > Social Justice

  • Reflecting Diversity
    > Cultural & Ethnic Diversity
    > First Nations & Indigenous Peoples



Awards for Lacey and the African Grandmothers

  • 2011 Rocky Mountain Book Award Finalist

Praise for Lacey and the African Grandmothers

"This is a story of remarkable courage and initiative in a young person who wanted to help others less fortunate." - Canadian Teacher Magazine

"Holler includes the wisdom of the elders as personified by Kahasi, Lacey’s grandmother. Reverence for the old ways, through such traditional crafts as beading and making moccasins, is also documented... It would make an excellent introduction to a study of children making a difference in the world, such as the ongoing work of Craig Kielburger." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Could it really happen? It’s a question often posed by readers. Fictional stories need to have the ring of authenticity or readers, particularly young ones, likely won’t read them. There will be no questions asked about Alberta freelance writer Sue Farrell Holler’s book for young people, Lacey and the African Grandmothers, which was inspired by a powerful real-life story." - Prairie Books NOW

"If you’re looking for a book to inspire young people to take action and make a difference in the world this is definitely worth reading." - Canadian Children's Book News