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32pp, color

8.75in x 11in
Juvenile Nonfiction:  Biography

5 and up
September 2017







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Manjhi Moves a Mountain

By Nancy Churnin

Illustrated by Danny Popovici

Dashrath Manjhi used a hammer and chisel, grit, determination, and twenty years to carve a path through the mountain separating his poor village from the nearby village with schools, markets, and a hospital. Manjhi Moves a Mountain shows how everyone can make a difference if their heart is big enough.

Sakura Medal Shortlist, 2021

South Asia Book Award

Junior Library Guild Selection

Eureka Honor Book

Ezra Jack Keats Award Finalist

Children's & Teen Choice Book Awards Finalist

ILA-CBC Children's Choices List

NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Selection 2018

North Texas Book Awards Finalist

Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award

Northern Lights Book Award Winner

“Manjhi’s story is an excellent reminder of the power of one person to change the world and bring communities together.”
— Clare Doornbus, Diesel Bookstore

“Manjhi inspires children to persevere despite challenges. Using a well-known Indian story, Nancy Churnin gives children valuable insight into another culture in a manner that promotes tolerance and cultural awareness.”
— Rachel Ball-Phillips, Southern Methodist University

"This true life story of an Indian sage who became revered and known as the Mountain Man is inspiring and moving to young readers age 5 and up. Beautiful earth-toned illustrations depict the mighty work of Manjhi and the awe and respect of his village friends. "Manjhi Moves a Mountain" is a true modern treasure and wisdom life story."

— MidWest Book Review

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