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Nastasia's March: An Army of Hope

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In "Nastasia's March," readers will embark on a remarkable journey alongside a young girl named Nastasia, who possesses an unwavering dream of joining the army. Despite her boundless determination and unrelenting spirit, Nastasia faces discouragement at every turn simply because she is a girl. But destiny has a different path in mind for her.

One night, as Nastasia drifts into a restless slumber, she experiences a vivid and transformative dream. In this enchanting reverie, she finds herself transported to a bygone era, a medieval world filled with knights, castles, and chivalry. As a fearless and valiant knight, Nastasia discovers newfound strength and purpose within herself. The dream ignites a spark within her soul, reaffirming her belief that she has what it takes to achieve her dreams, no matter the obstacles in her path.

As the story unfolds, readers will follow Nastasia's inspirational journey of self-discovery and empowerment. She breaks free from societal norms and challenges the conventions that would deny her the opportunity to serve her country. Along the way, she finds allies and mentors who recognize her exceptional abilities and courage, irrespective of her gender.

But "Nastasia's March" is not just a tale of personal triumph; it is also a tribute to the remarkable contributions of African-American women throughout American history. The story concludes by shedding light on the often-overlooked heroines who have played pivotal roles in every conflict the nation has faced, showcasing the indomitable spirit and unwavering dedication of these incredible women.

 ISBN: 978-1-0880-6558-7


    • JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American & Black
    • JUVENILE FICTION / War & Military
    • JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / General
Lexile Range: 810L-1000L (Grade 3-5)
Audience: Juvenile (Child 8-10)
Page count: 30

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Author's Biography

Shakeema Funchess is an inspiring author who is making a difference in the lives of young readers. She is a graduate of Saint Bonaventure University and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and pre-law. She minored in Arabic and Islamic Studies. Born and raised in bustling cities in New York, Funchess developed a love for writing and storytelling at a young age. After completing her education, Funchess began her career as a writer, focusing on creating stories that would empower and inspire young readers. She drew upon her own experiences as an African American woman to create relatable characters that would help children understand the complexities of the world around them. She is deeply committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in her writing, and her stories often feature characters from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. Funchess is known for her dynamic and engaging artistic style, which is both educational and entertaining. Her stories often tackle difficult topics such as racism, discrimination, and prejudice, but always do so with a message of hope and resilience. She is also a dedicated advocate for literacy and education and has worked tirelessly to promote the importance of reading and writing skills among young people. She wants her books to captivate and inspire young readers, and she remains committed to creating stories that promote diversity, kindness, empathy, and understanding.

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