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A little girl is tasked with ruling her West African village in this empowering story about breaking from tradition and leading with your heart.

After the king of a West African village dies, his eight-year-old daughter Abioye is made the temporary ruler, or regent, until a new king is chosen. The chiefs scoff at this decision—a little girl can’t be regent! Even Abioye herself doubts whether she’s up to the task. But her late father’s words of wisdom comfort and guide her: Those who will rule must first learn to serve.

As Abioye comes to know and help her people, they realize that good leaders do not have to fit a predefined mold. This empowering story explores themes of service in leadership, gaining respect rather than demanding it, and gender equality.

Now available for Pre-order

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Pre-order Contest!

Everyone who pre-orders by February 28, 2024 will be entered into a draw to win a grand prize pack including:

  • A custom Little Regent backpack

  • A Little Regent plush toy

  • A set of all four of my previous books

To enter, email proof of purchase and shipping address to with subject line: Pre-order Contest.


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