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The Reading Club's Featured Books

Our featured selections are award-winning books that are obtainable in print from libraries and bookstores, and are also available in alternate formats (electronic or braille). Grade levels are approximate.

Grades 1-4

Uncommon Traveler: Mary Kingsley in Africa

By Don Brown

2000. Houghton Mifflin, Boston

Available in braille or electronic formats from the following sources:

1. National Braille Press
$5.95 - Available for purchase in print/braille.
(888) 965-8965

Mary Kingsley did what proper young ladies in 1893 did not usually do—she traveled alone from England to West Africa, then a mysterious place that most people from England knew little about. This book describes her life, from an unhappy childhood to the fulfillment of her dreams as she became an African explorer at the age of 30. Helen Keller visited parts of Africa in her lifetime, too, although not the same part of the continent that Mary Kingsley explored—and, of course, much later. Helen Keller visited Southern Rhodesia (now called Zimbabwe) and South Africa in 1951. She also visited Egypt, a country in North Africa, in 1952.

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