Scholastic is teaming with Kaepernick Publishing — sure, the publishing firm of soccer participant Colin Kaepernick — to publish Dreamer, an autobiographical novel by and about Akim Alui, the Ukrainian-Nigerian-Canadian professional hockey participant and activist, “about his life rising up in Ukraine and Canada, the systemic racism he confronted all through his childhood and hockey profession, and the way he spoke out in opposition to it with integrity and bravado,” a press launch revealed this week. And it the ebook is co-written by Is’nana: The Had been-Spider creator Greg Anderson Elysée and illustrated by Karen De la Vega, making her printed debut with Dreamer.
Full disclosure: Greg can be a former Bleeding Cool author and a fellow former author for defunct toilet-themed satirical comics information web site TheOuthousers.com. However don’t fret: I will not copy and paste this press launch any in a different way simply because we’re buddies.
Here is the solicit for Dreamer, set to hit shops subsequent February:
By Akim Aliu and Greg Anderson Elysée, Illustrated by Karen De La Vega
Scholastic Graphix / Kaepernick Publishing | Publication Date: February 7, 2023
Ages 8-12 | $14.99 USD, $19.99 CAD | Paperback | ISBN 978-1-338-78760
Akim Aliu — often known as “Dreamer” — is a Ukrainian-Nigerian-Canadian skilled hockey participant whose profession took him all around the globe and who skilled systemic racism at each flip. Dreamer tells Akim’s unimaginable story, from being the one Black little one in his Ukrainian group, to his household struggling to make ends meet whereas dwelling in Toronto, to confronting the racist violence he typically skilled each on and off the ice. It is a gut-wrenching and riveting graphic novel memoir that reminds us to by no means cease dreaming, and is certain to encourage younger readers in all places.
Aliu had this to say within the press launch:
I’ve lived everywhere in the world and seen each the wonder and the ugly facet of humankind. For the longest time I puzzled, ‘Why me? Why does all the pieces appear to be a lot tougher for me than most different children? Is it my pores and skin coloration, or due to the place I come from?’ Right this moment, I can say that I am grateful to have gone by way of all of these trials and tribulations so I can go on these classes and experiences, and create a smoother path for the following Dreamer.
And even Colin Kaepernick had a quote:
With honesty and braveness, Akim Aliu’s Dreamer will encourage readers of all ages to maneuver confidently within the route of their future. Not solely does Akim’s story converse to the ability of goals, however his persistence within the face of adversity can encourage us to construct a greater world for the following technology.
No quote from Greg although, in all probability as a result of he is too busy counting all that cash, for the reason that press launch notes:
The ebook will likely be printed February 7, 2023 by Scholastic Graphix and Kaepernick Publishing and is aimed toward center grade readers ages 8-12. In an unique provide, the settlement consists of world rights and all languages for print, eBook, and audiobook codecs.
You may pre-order Dreamer on Amazon now.