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Michelle Kadarusman’s middle-grade novel Berani is an inspiring introduction to environmental activism

Book Chronicles / Interview


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Berani
Michelle Kadarusman


Written by Hannah Abrahamse, Ryan B. Patrick, originally published in CBC

Aug 23, 2022

'I'd really like to impart to my readers in the middle grade to believe that you can make a difference.'

Michelle Kadarusman says writing for middle-grade is where she has found her voice. The Canadian Australian Indonesian author's novels have a compelling way of unraveling complex world issues for children and teens. 

Her latest middle-grade novel, Berani, is no exception. The story is told in three voices: Malia, who is determined to risk whatever is necessary as a young environmental activist; Ari, who can tell what is right but fears what that path will cost him; and Ginger Juice, a caged orangutan whose former home was turned into a palm-oil plantation.

In Berani, Kadarusman draws on the plight of orangutans while offering up a narrative steeped in empathy and inspiration for youth.

Read the full article here.



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