My Books

Why Can’t You Look Like Me?

YEAR PUBLISHED:

2009

SYNOPSIS:

Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong? Were you ever picked on? How did you deal with it? Sometimes children are teased, or left out because they look different, act different, speak different or even live in a different type of family than what others do.

Follow along on a young girl’s journey as she looks around and sees nobody that looks the same as her. It continues on to show that she is called names by some of the children at school. Not knowing, or understanding, why she is being treated unfair causes her to be sad. When another young girl comes into her life and shows her how to be strong about who she is, she starts to see the message that she can be happy within herself and to not believe what others say about her.

REVIEWS:
“The story is really good and I like the pictures of the kids.”
- Jazmine, 4 years old, British Columbia
“Ola Zuri’s debut book, Why Can’t You Look Like Me, is fantastic! Zuri’s writing is free and lyrical, with sincerity gained by first hand experience. This book is a gem, and although the dominant theme is trans-racial adoption, I highly recommend it for ALL families and classrooms.”
- Sally Bacchetta, Freelance Writer, Author, and Adoptive Parent, New York
“This book series is great so far. My children, one is in a wheelchair and the other has diabetes, are learning to feel better about themselves all the time. When we read the stories it helps them to work on how they are feeling.”
- Tracey Anderson, Adoptive and Biological Parent, Scarborough, ON
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Where Do I Belong?

YEAR PUBLISHED:

2009

SYNOPSIS:

How do you know you fit when you weren’t born there? When do you start believing in who you are rather than who you should be? Sometimes children feel left out within their own families, unsure of where they belong or of who they are.

Follow the story as a young boy takes a look at who he is in his family and wonders where he fits into that picture. He asks himself questions and tries to figure out who he is and where he belongs. He soon discovers that what is inside of him is more important than what is around him, where he lives, or what is given to him.

REVIEWS:
“Thanks for caring about the kids out there and writing a children’s book series! There is such a need for more positive adoption books out there. Thanks my boys and I loved it can’t wait till the next one…”
- Shannon Bullis Adkins, Adoptive Parent of two, Cincinatti, OH
“In her second book, Where Do I Belong, Zuri shows why her books belong everywhere there are children! This book artfully teaches children (and adults!) that true freedom is born of inner strength, and we all make decisions every day that either strengthen or weaken our inner selves.”
- Sally Bacchetta, Freelance Writer, Author, and Adoptive Parent, New York
“It sounds as though you have written good books for a niche market.  I wish you all the best with your project!  Sounds like it does a lot of good.”
- Rukhsana Khan, Author
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What Is A Part Of Me?

YEAR PUBLISHED:

2011

SYNOPSIS:

There are times when one wonders about what life was like before coming home. How do you know what feels right if you never ask the questions that are inside of you?

This is the story of a young girl who has some struggles with finding answers to some difficult questions. Follow along with her as she learns some things about her past and finds out where her true strength is.

REVIEWS:
“Zuri’s latest book for child adoptees encourages readers to think about their adoption story and the questions they may have about their early beginnings….”
Read the full review here – http://angela-krueger.suite101.com/book-review-of-what-is-a-part-of-me-by-ola-zuri-a391911
- Angela Krueger, Adoptive parent and PRIDE adoption trainer
“We love our copies of these books – they are not only for my kids but for all people in and around the community. Thank you Ola Zuri for bringing these resources to our attention. When we know better, we do better!”
- P. Wilson, Parent, Adoptive Parent, Community Worker, New York
“Thanks to Zuri for writing it. My youngest son joined our family through transracial adoption and I am constantly thinking about how that will impact him as he grows and how I can make the best choices for him.”
- Sharon, Adoptive Parent, California
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When Is It My Turn?

YEAR PUBLISHED:

To Be Announced

SYNOPSIS:

This is the story of a group of children who are in the foster care system and how each of them feels, sometimes not knowing where their strength is, while waiting to be placed within a family.

Follow along as these children ask some challenging questions, look at the world around themselves and try to figure out the various truths they see, and then journey to discover where their strength really is.

 REVIEWS:  ”I loved it!!  It really was filled with what I would consider to be raw emotions and I can certainly relate to it!  Nice job.  Please don’t stop writing – you are very good and I hope to see this book in print soon!”                                            - Heather O’Neil, Author and Child Advocate, Founder of Foster Children’s Day, New Jersey

 

 

Somebody’s Child

YEAR PUBLISHED:

2011

SYNOPSIS:

Stories of origin and creation govern how all cultures understand themselves. For the 25 contributors to Somebody’s Child, the topic of adoption is not — and perhaps never can be — a neutral issue. With unique courage, each of them talks about his or her experience of the adoption process. Some speak of heartbreak; some have found modified “happy endings”; others have discovered joy. All have been changed by discovering vital facts of their own birth and origin.

Somebody’s Child contains a wide array of true stories: a young man explores his love for his adopted sister; a woman comes to grips with the truth about her birth parents; a mother of two talks about meeting her “first son,” the baby she gave up; and a lawyer tells about discovering her Nigerian family. Somebody’s Childcaptures the many unforgettable faces and voices of adoption.

REVIEWS:
“The stories in Somebody’s Child touch my heart more profoundly than I could have imagined….Like the pieces of the puzzle in the lives of adoptees seeking their identity, these essays fit together to form as complete an understanding as is ever possible.”
Read the full review here – http://bettyjanehegerat.com/2011/09/04/somebodys-child/
- Betty Jane Hegerat, author of The Boy and Delivery
“I’d just like to give a shout out for Ola. She is an amazing woman; full of love and energy for her kids and all kids.”
- Teresa, Social Worker, Ontario
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