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…

Baby Goes to Market

Title: Baby Goes to Market Author: Atinuke Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Picture Book Publisher: Candlewick Press Release Date: September 5, 2017 Pages: 32 Join Baby and his doting mama at a bustling southwest Nigerian marketplace for a bright, bouncy read-aloud offering a gentle introduction to numbers. Market is very crowded. Mama is very busy. Baby…

Olokun of the Galaxy

Title: Olokun of the Galaxy Author: Esther Iverem Publisher: Seeing Black Press Release Date: 2017 Pages: Unpaged Olokun of the Galaxy” is a poetry and visual arts book that tells the story of an African spirit of the deepest ocean. Olokun is born when Earth’s oceans are born, s/he witnesses the Atlantic Slave Trade, industrial…

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…

Leopard at the Door

Title: Leopard at the Door Author: Jennifer McVeigh Genre: Fiction Publisher: Penguin Release Date: January 3, 2017 Pages: 400 Set in Kenya in the 1950s against the fading backdrop of the British Empire, a story of self-discovery [and] betrayal… After six years in England, Rachel has returned to Kenya and the farm where she spent…

Behold the Dreamers

Title: Behold the Dreamers Author: Imbolo Mbue Genre: Fiction / New Adult Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks Release Date: June 26, 2017 Pages: 416 A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream–the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York…

The Wooden Camel

Title: The Wooden Camel Author: Wanuri Kahiu and Manuela Adreani (illus) Genre: Picture book Publisher: Lantana Release Date: 2017 Format: Hardback Pages: Unpaged Source: 978 1 911373 12 4 Etabo dreams of being a camel racer. One day he might even beat his older brother when they race. But with the price of water rising,…

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…

Siba & Saba

Title: Sleep Well, Siba & Saba Author: Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl Genre: Picture book Publisher: Lantana Release Date: 2017 Pages: Unpages Forgetful sisters Siba and Saba are always losing something. Sandals, slippers, sweaters – you name it, they lose it. When the two sisters fall asleep each night, they dream about the things they have lost…

One Shadow on the Wall

Title: One Shadow on the Wall Author: Leah Henderson Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Simon and Schuster Release Date: June 6, 2017 Pages: 448 In Senegal, eleven-year-old orphan Mor has three months to prove to his aunt that he can support himself and his two younger sisters, allowing them to stay together in their village and…