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  • Blue Banyan Books Off Track

    Off Track by Tamika Gibson is an intense yet wistful, funny and ultimately inspiring novel, that makes a great addition to the repertoire of dramatic teen romances. Told from the engaging perspectives of dual protagonists 16 year-old Kayla Francis and 17 year-old Joel de Freitas, the novel explores Caribbean high school athletics, where success brings more than glory.

     

    Focused and gifted with unrelenting drive, Kayla has one goal – make it to the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic team. But Kayla has no interest in glory or fame. The focus and determination that makes her the envy of her teammates comes because for her track is a path out of the circle of things to be fixed, near empty bellies, and always waiting for the end of the month. All she wants is a chance to break out from the poverty slowly eating away at her mother and grinding down her younger sisters and escape the violence always at the edge of their world in the form of their aunt’s abusive, lecherous boyfriend. So, she has no time to worry about her relationship with her semi-estranged father. She has no time for fun and friends and definitely not for her growing interest in her teammate Joel.

     

    But Joel has far more to him than fast legs and a charming smile. With his father’s track legacy looming large in the public mind, it seems Joel was born to run. But as much as he has been running toward his dreams of Olympic gold he has been trying to out the shadows from his father’s past, a father whom he has never net, but whose mistakes have shaped Joel’s own path.

     

    The story features themes that range across athletics, family, growing up, crime, and migration, love as well as romantic and filial love. Set in contemporary Trinidad and Tobago, Off Track is grounded in a Caribbean life and culture but has themes that teens anywhere can understand – the ways in which expectations and aspirations may turn into burdens we have to carry and hurdles to be overcome. Ultimately, Off Track is a lively, vibrant story about taking control of your own destiny, facing challenges head on and that even when you stumble of even fall, with great determination, nothing can get you off track from your dreams.

    USD $23.97
  • Blue Banyan Books Sandy, Tosh and the Moo Cow

    When Tosh is awakened by the lowing of a cow, he and his older sister Sandy go in search for more than a quick look. So up and down the neighbourhood they go until they discover the elusive moo cow.

     

     

    Sandy, Tosh and the Moo Cow beautifully captures the magic of discovery … and cows.

     

    Paula-Ann Porter Jones has spent a life in media and is one of Jamaica’s most celebrated radio personalities. A mother of four, she has long found joy in telling stories to children. Sandy Tosh and the Moo Cow is her first publication.

     

    Author: Paula-Anne Porter Jones

    Binding: Hardcover

    Pages: 32

    USD $23.97
  • Blue Banyan Books Boonoonoonoonous Hair!

    The word boonoonoonous is a word of love, and award-winning writer Olive Senior’s Boonoonoonous Hair!, is a journey to self love! Young readers will discover how Jamilla learns to love her electric, kinetic, bombastic, fantastic, twirly, whirly, curly, fuzzy, snappy, nappy, wavy, crazy, boonoonoonoonous hair.

     

    This wonderfully conceived book features Laura James’ vibrant, energetic illustrations that celebrate the dynamism of black hair and are sure to fire the imagination! Plus you get to say ‘boonoonoonous over and over again!

     

    Author: Olive SeniorIllustrator: Laura JamesBinding: PaperbackPages: 48

    USD $23.97
  • Blue Banyan Books In This Breadfruit Kingdom

    In this Breadfruit Kingdom features over 60 poems selected by Mervyn Morris, Poet Laureate of Jamaica. This anthology bears poems rooted in reflections on history, family, love, lust, memory and identity.

     

    They move with ease across diverse rhythms, voice, attitude and language. Here, new and exciting voices mingle with some of the best-known Jamaican poets as well as poets from elsewhere who lived on the island. As with eating a fragrant, warm, and well-roasted breadfruit, this anthology will fill you.

     

    In This Breadfruit Kingdom book, brings together poetry from Jacqueline Bishop, Stewart Brown, H.D. Carberry, Colin Channer, Afua Cooper, Christine Craig, Kwame Dawes, Lorna Goodison, Millicent Graham, Ishion Hutchinson, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Ann Margaret Lim, Hannah Lowe, Mbala, Shara McCallum, Kei Miller, Pamela Mordecai, Mutabaruka, Oku Onuora, Geoffrey Philp, Velma Pollard, Claudia Rankine, Dennis Scott, Olive Senior, Tanya Shirley, Andrew Stone, and many others.

    USD $24.97
  • Made By: BalaPress

    BalaPress Lest We Find Gold

    Made By: BalaPress

    Lest We Find Gold by Melanie Schwapp, is a powerful and compelling masterpiece of fine literature.

     

    The rhythmic story weaves between the past and present of Millicent ‘Milly’ Pratt’s life; through the ‘golden’ layers we uncover the secret issues of insecurity, domestic abuse, social prejudice and the internal struggle between fear and acceptance.

     

    We look beneath the ‘caftan’ that cloaks Milly in self-deception, confusion and pain, and we are left gasping as she strips herself to release the freedom of ‘naked finery’. A BalaPress book.

    USD $24.97
  • Made By: BalaPress

    BalaPress How to Cope: Parenting a Child with Special Needs

    Made By: BalaPress

    If you are a parent relative or other caregiver with the responsibility of the care of a child with a disability or special needs, you are not alone! There is a world-wide “village Community” to inform, guide, inspire and encourage you on your journey. Christine E. Staple Ebanks’ book, How to Cope: Parenting a Child with Special Needs, published by BalaPress, brings it all together for you.

     

    The Author’s, as well as others’, “lived experience” of being the parent of a child with a disability or special need, bolstered by a rich cache of research, professional expertise, useful tools, and other powerful resources.

     

    Altogether, you will be enabled to accept and embrace the “gift” that is your child, focus on your child’s ability and not his/her disability, and in the process assert the right to, and advocate for “quality of life” for all.

    USD $24.97
  • Heritage Wonders The Handy Dandy Craft Box

    The Handy Dandy Craft Box is the perfect gift for a primary school child.   It contains all you need to get started on making crafts. When paired with the “Art and Craft for Elementary School” book, you can make all 52 projects from the “Art and Craft for ELementary School” book and have leftovers!

    USD $24.97
  • Pieces of Jamaica Coffee Table Book

    David Muir’s archival eye has snapped moments in time memorialized in books, exhibits, and galleries at home and abroad. Muir’s special love for candid, cultural and lifestyle photography inspires his work, and is a signature component of his acclaimed art collections.

     

    His photo art collection, Pieces of Jamaica™, was critically acclaimed and led to national and international exhibition tours. In 2012, works from the exhibition were published as a coffee table book titled Pieces of Jamaica™: The Real Rock Edition.

     

    The book features vivid photographs capturing Jamaica’s rustic reality revealing the island’s spirited humanity and the intrinsic beauty found in its people. Dynamic live performances, dance and theater are brought to life through Muir’s still photography.

    USD $49.97
  • Guesswah Jamaican Culture Boardgame

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    Guesswah is a fun-filled interactive word guessing game built for 3 or more players ages 6 and over. It is based on the diverse culture of Jamaica.

     

    Gamers will be called upon to display a combination of both mental and physical wit. Most importantly the game embraces the descriptive nature of the Jamaican culture and showcases the colorfulness of their dialect.

     

    See what’s inside! In every game set, you receive two sets of cards, (1) ‘Say It’ and (2) ‘Dweet’, a timer, a buzzer and a die. An guess wah? They all come together to make this one of the best Jamaican Trivia games you can find. Yuh know di answer? Guess it right to win! It’s that simple. Get your favourite people around for a fun-filled game night!

    USD $59.97
  • Made By: ArtSmart

    ArtSmart Dominoes Set in Espresso Wood

    Made By: ArtSmart

    Things can get competitive with this game beloved by Jamaicans and anyone with roots from the Caribbean islands.

     

    These dominoes are handmade in Jamaica and come in a set of 28. Played alone or in two pairs, each player tries to match their domino with the corresponding suite on the board to be the first one to empty their hand.

     

    This stunning ArtSmart Expresso Wood set is made with inlaid ceramic tile, so they won’t break when players slam the dominoes down to win the game six love.

     

    Grab this set for your next family dinner or barbecue. No matter the occasion, a set of “ivories” is always a welcome addition.

    USD $74.97
  • Made By: ArtSmart

    ArtSmart Dominoes Set in Natural Wood

    Made By: ArtSmart

    The game of Dominoes is a traditional Jamaican pastime, and a set of “ivories” is always welcome. This one is unique and beautifully packaged and makes a great gift for every gentleman, game lover or collector on your list.

     

    The box is beautifully handmade in Jamaica with an inlaid ceramic tile.

    USD $74.97

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