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…

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…

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…

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 Storyteller

Title: The Storyteller Author: Evan Turk Genre: Picture Book / Fiction Publisher: Atheneum Release Date: 2017 Pages: Unpaged Source: ISBN: 978-1-48143-518-5 “From Ezra Jack Keats 2015 New Illustrator Honor recipient Evan Turk comes his debut work as author-illustrator: an original folktale that celebrates the power of stories and storytelling. Long, long ago, like a pearl…

Obatala’s Daughter Discovers True Friends

Title: Obatala's Daughter Discovers True Friends Series: The Yoruba Orisa Children's Series: Book Two Author: Dr. Winmilawe Genre: Picture Book / Folklore Publisher: Gazing In Release Date: 2015 Pages: Unpaged Source: ISBN: 978-0-9839318-9-8, 978-0-98393118-8-1 In his article “Yoruba Traditional Education System: A Veritable Tool for Salvaging the Crisis Laden System in Nigeria,” (Journal of Interdisciplinary…

Noko and the Kool Kats

Title: Noko and the Kool Kats Author: Moodie, Fiona Genre: Folklore / Picture book / Primary Publisher: Tafelberg/NB Publishers Release Date: 2014 Pages: 31 pp. Source: ISBN 9780624067801 Village animals are surprised when The Kool Kats’ large bus gets stuck in the sand near their village, and the supposedly sophisticated rock stars (Lion, Miss Leopard, Cheetah,…