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…

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…

Black Dove White Raven

Title: Black Dove White Raven Series: Through My Eyes Author: Elizabeth Wein Genre: Historical Fiction / Middle / High / YA Publisher: Disney / Hyperion Release Date: 2015 Pages: 357 pp Source: ISBN 9781423183105 This historical novel for young adult readers is a remarkable achievement. First of all, the novel has a great plot. It…

Blood Ties

Title: Blood Ties Author: Zimkhitha Mlanzel Genre: Fiction, Young adult, High School Publisher: Cover2Cover Release Date: 2014 Pages: 144 pp. Source: ISBN: 978-0-9946516-0-0 Blood Ties depicts South Africa’s Cape Town minus the varied neighborhoods and complexities that characterize large cities. But the novel provides the setting in which two high school girls try to carve…