Isaiah And The
Orchestra of Sounds
Isaiah (14 and a bit), the endearing hero of “Isaiah and the Orchestra of Sounds”, is living the perfect and peaceful life in Baltimore, Maryland, when, suddenly, he acquires an alien resident orchestra in his right ear! Isaiah has a doting mom whom he adores. He is best friends with Sammy and Rosa at a rigorous college prep school. He is a deep thinker, gets fabulous grades and loves video games. The lively story of Isaiah’s battle with the unwelcome performers will keep you on the edge of your seat until the grande finale!
Written in free verse, and the winner of various 2022 Jerry Pinkney Children’s Book Awards, including the Grand Prize, and a 2022 Readers’ Favorite Award, the book offers a humorous yet serious look at the tinnitus challenges faced by Isaiah. It is a creatively and boldly illustrated graphic story geared towards pre-teens and teenagers.
Ronke's adventurous stories
Chasing Butterflies In The Sunlight
A finalist in the 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Chasing Butterflies In The Sunlight describes the joys and innocence of childhood and friendships experienced by Ronke, growing up in a beautiful, culturally and racially diverse world on a university campus in Nigeria. A Nigerian-American mother, Ronke, living in Baltimore, Maryland, with young children, is somewhat exhausted by being pestered to tell them made up stories every night. In the hope that they will read to themselves, she decides to write them stories loosely based upon her wonderful experiences as a child.
About The Author
Morenike Euba Oyenusi is a Nigerian-American lawyer, author, minister of the gospel, and graduate of the University of London and Jesus College, Cambridge, who writes children’s fiction, poetry, and inspirational non-fiction.
Morenike’s publications have enjoyed a wide reading and critical acclaim. Her first book, Chasing Butterflies In The Sunlight, was a finalist in the 2021 Next Generation Indie Books Awards, the largest international award program for indie authors and publishers. The book was published in 2020 by Paradise Restored Publishing. Isaiah And The Orchestra of Sounds, her second book, was published in 2022, and has won three awards.
Morenike Euba Oyenusi
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Chasing butterflies is an experience painted in text and pictures creating an adventurous journey for all readers.
What Readers Say
These are really enjoyable to read and the watercolor illustrations are also excellent. Can be read aloud as bedtime stories or as a chapter book by a more advanced child. Add this one for diverse, own voices lit in a classroom library
A childhood in stories
I enjoyed a glimpse into Ronke’s life growing up in Nigeria in the 1970s. Heartwarming, charming and perfect for all ages. I highly recommend!
Such a sweet tale
Heart warming, beautifully written chapter book. My 7 year old really enjoyed reading this and was taken by all the descriptions of Nigeria. We love this book 😍
Very enjoyable read😍
This is a wonderful book about the charming Ronke. The setting takes place in Lagos Nigeria. This story gives the reader an insider view of the African culture. Must read.
Insider view of the African culture
Awards & News
2022 Jerry Pinkney Awards
Isaiah And The Orchestra of Sounds is the Grand Prize Winner of the 2022 Jerry Pinkney Children's Book Awards (sponsored by the National Black Book Festival) named for the world-renowned African-American children’s book illustrator who died in 2021. It is also the winner in the Motivational category. It had previously been selected as a finalist in the Educational and Motivational categories.
2022 Readers' Favorite Award
Isaiah And The Orchestra of Sounds is a 2022 Readers Favorite Bronze Medal Winner in the Fiction - Graphic Novel/Comic genre. "Readers' Favorite is the fastest growing book review and award contest site on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Penguin and Harper Collins".
2021 Indie Books Award
Chasing Butterflies In The Sunlight won the 2021 Next Generation Indie Books Finalist Award. "This award honors the best of independent publishers, authors, editors and illustrators".
Isaiah And The Orchestra...
Isaiah (14 and a bit) is living the perfect and peaceful life in Baltimore, Maryland, when, suddenly, he acquires an alien resident orchestra in his right ear!
Our endearing hero has a doting mom whom he adores. He is best friends with Sammy and Rosa at a rigorous college prep school. He’s a deep thinker, gets fantastic grades and loves video games. The lively story of Isaiah’s battle with the unwelcome performers will keep you on the edge of your seat until the grande finale.
‘Ronke was sulking in her room. Now that the baby was here, they didn’t seem to have time for her anymore. Ronke was six years old. Ever since she could remember, she had prayed every night for a “baby brozer”- she couldn’t imagine why they laughed when she said that -or sister…’
Locations For In-Store Purchases
Ivy Bookshop – 5928 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21209
Farm Chicks Corner Market – 1141 Berrymans Ln, Reisterstown, MD 21136
Young Bookworms Bookstore & Gift Shop – 3604 Hartsel Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
The Bookworm Cafe – 2A Adeola Adeleye Street, Coker Rd, Ilupeju 100253, Lagos, Nigeria
BookNook – Gateview Plaza, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, Nigeria