My Name is Konisola

My Name is Konisola


By Alisa Siegel

 In a land of strangers, a new family can be found.

On a freezing cold winter night, nine-year-old Konisola and her mother step off a plane in Canada, having left Nigeria with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They are running for their lives, having lived under the threat of violence from a controlling family member. Soon after they land, disaster strikes—Konisola’s mother is hospitalized and Konisola is forced to fend for herself in a strange country with no family and no friends.

Help comes in the form of a nurse who befriends Konisola’s mother. But still everything remains uncertain. Will this new life Konisola has found be taken from her? Will she be allowed to stay in Canada as a refugee, or will she and her mother be sent back across the ocean? This is a story of bravery and determination, of loss, and of generosity and good will that paved the way for a new family.


About the Author

Alisa Siegel makes radio documentaries for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Her work has been recognized with many international awards. Over the past 20 years, Alisa has produced stories on subjects as varied as the underground railroad for refugees in Fort Erie, daring women artists in 1920s Montreal, the return of the trumpeter swan, Canadian nurses in World War I, and violence in elementary school classrooms. She lives in Toronto with her family.

Product Information

  • Release: March 3, 2020

  • $10.95 Paperback

  • 176 Pages

  • 5.25 x 7.5

  • Children's Fiction

  • Ages 9-12 / Grades 4-7

  • ISBN: 9781772601190



  • Character Education
    > Empathy
    > Friendship & Family
    > Prejudice & Tolerance

  • History & Social Studies
    > Canadian History
    > War & Conflict

  • Reflecting Diversity
    > Cultural & Ethnic Diversity