by Theresa Marrama 

Though it is a story that involves art, it is not typical in any way... After growing up in Senegal, Zeinixx decides that street art is her calling. As an artist, she finds a sense of peace in large-scale painting - graffiti. So, she decides to take on a new journey, a new lifestyle for herself that will allow her to express herself in a way that is empowering to women, practice her art, and be part of another community. Her story is one of strength, empowerment and the will to follow your heart. Senegal's first female graffiti artist, Zeinixx, defies gender stereotypes as one of the top graffiti artists in West Africa. Zeinixx uses both graffiti and slam poetry for social good and is passionate about promoting the rights of women and girls in Senegal. 

Published: 2021

Originally written in French

Number of pages: 83

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Race/Ethnic/Geographic Information

Author: Author is white but wrote it in conjunction with Zeinixx as a biographical story. 

Characters: Senegalese

Setting: Senegal

Notes from a teacher-reader

Elodie is sharing information about the Zeinixx on her Instagram: https://instagram.com/comprehensibleinputon 

Feel free to contact the teacher-reader, Élodie Channa at efernandes@gmail.com or Mandy Treichel at mandy.treichel@peelsb.com if you have questions about this novel.