City of Saints and Thieves

Title: City of Saints & Thieves Author: Natalie C. Anderson Genre: Young Adult Fiction Publisher: Penguin Release Date: 2017 Pages: 432 Sixteen-year-old Tina and two friends leave Kenya and slip into the Congo, from where she and her mother fled years before, seeking revenge for her mother’s murder but uncovering startling secrets.   The City of…

Auma’s Long Run

Title: Auma's Long Run Author: Eucabeth Odhiambo Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Carolrhoda Books Release Date: 2017 Pages: 304 “Auma loves to run. In her small Kenyan village, she’s a track star with big dreams. A track scholarship could allow her to attend high school and maybe even become a doctor. But a strange new sickness…

Reclaiming Home

Title: Reclaiming Home Author: Lesego Malepe Genre: Biography & Autobiography Release Date: 2018 Pages: 256 In this diary of travels in South Africa in 2004, Lesego Malepe takes us on an entertaining, informative, touching, and exciting journey, as she celebrates her newly acquired American citizenship and the 10th anniversary of South Africa’s democracy.

Mansa Musa : The Most Famous African Traveler to Mecca

Title: Mansa Musa Author: Barbara Krasner Genre: Non Fiction / Elementary / Middle Publisher: Rosen Release Date: August 15, 2016 Pages: 112 From Mali to Cairo to Mecca and beyond, Mansa Musa was known as the Lion of Mali. Now remembered as the richest person in history, his enormous wealth, legendary generosity, and lavish pilgrimage…

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…