Lacey and the African Grandmothers
by Sue Farrell Holler
Lacey Little Bird is a twelve-year-old Blackfoot girl who lives on the Siksika First Nation Reserve in Alberta. Lacey has her share of troubles. Her mother is sick, her father away a lot, and her sister is in an abusive relationship. She finds patience and comfort with her grandmother, Kahasi, who teaches her how to do traditional beading.
When Lacey learns about an organization called Grandmothers Helping Grandmothers in Africa, she wants to help. The organization sells handmade purses to raise money for grandmothers in Africa, who are struggling to raise their orphaned grandchildren. Lacey decides that she could make purses too. But first she has to learn how to use a sewing machine.
Based on a true story, this is a realistic, moving account of how one girl made a difference. In doing so, Lacey united two communities, showing that we are all connected, even when we are oceans apart.