When Morning Comes

Title: When Morning Comes Author: Arushi Raina Genre: Fiction / YA Release Date: 2016-05 Pages: 210 When Morning Comes is written from the points-of-view of four young people living in Johannesburg and its black township, Soweto in 1976. Through the eyes of Zanele, a black female student organiser, Mina, of South Asian background working at…

Kaleidoscope Song

Title: Kaleidoscope Song Author: Fox Benwell Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction Publisher: Simon and Schuster Release Date: September 19, 2017 Pages: 416 In Khayelitsha, South Africa, Neo’s passion for music leads her to her first love–Tale, the female lead singer of a local band–and an internship at the local radio station, and both experiences teach Neo about…

Solo

Title: Solo Author: Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess, Genre: Young Adult / Fiction Publisher: Blink Release Date: 2017 Format: Hardback Pages: 464 From award-winning and bestselling author Kwame Alexander comes Solo, the story of seventeen-year-old Blade Morrison who is being crushed between the scathing tabloids exposing his former rock-star-father’s addictions and a protected secret…

Akosua and Osman

Title: Akosua and Osman Author: Manu Herbstein Genre: Fiction / YA / High School Publisher: Techmate Publishers, Accra, Ghana Release Date: 2012 Pages: 130 pp. Akosua Annan is a confident and fiercely intelligent student at a posh Cape Coast school. There she comes under the influence of a charismatic feminist teacher. Osman Said’s background is…

Soldier Boy

Title: Soldier Boy Author: Keely Hutton Genre: Young Adult Fiction Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) Release Date: June 13, 2017 Pages: 336 “A searing, shocking book—part non-fiction, part novel—based on the true story of a child soldier in Uganda who survived war and enslavement and went on to create a haven for others who…

Amagama Enkululeko!

Title: Amagama Enkululeko! Words for Freedom: Writing Life Under Apartheid Author: Equal Education Genre: Non Fiction Publisher: Cover2Cover / African Books Collective (dist.) Release Date: 2016 Pages: 250 pp. Source: ISBN: 978 1 928346 35 7 Why did African men leave their homes to work on the mines of the Witwatersrand? How did a woman…

The World Beneath

Title: The World Beneath : A Novel Author: Janice Warman Genre: Fiction / Middle / High / YA Publisher: Candlewick Release Date: 2016 Pages: 159 pp. Source: 978 0 7636 7856 2 “At the height of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle, a boy must face life decisions that test what he believes …. Joshua lives with his…

The Tortoise and the Princess

Title: The Tortoise and the Princess Series: African Story Time Vol. 3 Author: Oke Ikeogu and Okey Nwafor (illus.) Genre: Folklore / Elementary / Middle Publisher: Manila Publishers / African Books Collective (dist.) Release Date: 2015 Format: Paperback Pages: 69 pp. Source: ISBN: 978-978-944-011-5 Connected stories tell about the time when animals and people lived…