'Adriana's Angels' shines light on refugees, diversity in children's books

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:03:15 AM. Rogers Park resident Ruth Goring's first children's book took silver in the Spanish book category of the Moonbeam Awards this year. The author shares her story about writing a book focused on refugees and the displaced.
Author Ruth Goring considers herself a “third-culture kid” — a child who spent most of her formative years living abroad. A native of Kansas City, Kan., Goring considered Colombia her home for most of her upbringing, thanks to being a part of a missionary family. “My family took us to Colombia when I was 6 years old,” Goring said in a phone interview. “My parents were Plymouth Brethren; they lived on this model of living by faith, a model based on George Mueller, a British man who opened orphanages. They worked mostly in education, as well as serving the church, and we just grew up among Colombian friends.” The earlier years were spent in the more remote south of the country, in Pasto and Puerto Asis, but when Goring was 12, the family moved to Medellin. Goring, a University of Chicago Press editor, recalls that time of her life as a precious, priceless experience, when she was able to “grow up between two cultures.” Goring has brought that experience to the page before in books of poetry, but now she is telling Colombian stories through her first children’s book, “Adriana’s Angels.” (The Spanish version of the book recently took silver in the Spanish book category of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.) The book tells the story of a child who flees her Colombian home with her family to start a new life in Chicago. The book depicts the transition of the young refugee amid ordinary moments of youth and a new world of unknowns, with angels Milagros and Alegria surreptitiously...Read more
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