Small-Girl Toni and the Quest for Gold



In this book, inspired by the life of Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, a young girl named Toni decides her wild imagination and words could be spun into gold. Toni takes her sibling on a treasure hunt to visit neighbors, spinning out tales as she goes. After a shopkeeper refuses to let the children in, they return home, feeling frustrated by the shopkeeper and by their lack of gold. Then, Toni begins to realize their day had been filled with gold: marigolds, buttery pound cake, golden pears, a Golden Retriever’s fur, and some shiny coins. With that, Toni begins another tale and another adventure.

This is a delightful, imaginative introduction to the amazing Toni Morrison. Also included at the back is a brief biography of Morrison and a list of her works that author Giselle Anatol references in the text. Finally, this book is beautifully illustrated by Raissa Figueroa, a Coretta Scott King Honor Winner. In sum, Small-Girl Toni and the Quest for Gold is a lovely way to introduce a new generation of readers to the life and work of Morrison.

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Book Author

Giselle Anatol, Raissa Figueroa





Page Count

32 pages


January 2024

Publication Date



Penguin Young Readers Group

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