The Bitter Side of Sweet

Title: The Bitter Side of Sweet : A Novel Author: Tara Sullivan Genre: Fiction Release Date: 2016 Pages: 299 pp, Source: ISBN: 978 0 399 17307 3 “Kept as forced labor on a chocolate plantation in the Ivory Coast, Amadou and his younger brother Seydou had given up hope, until a young girl arrives at…

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…

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 and call for no…

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…

Trinity High : Back to School

Title: Trinity High: Back to School Author: Lokko, CNN Genre: Fiction / Young Adult / HIgh School Publisher: Afram Publications (Ghana) Release Date: 2014 Pages: 256 pp. Source: ISBN-13: 978-9964705237 Back to School, the sequel to Trinity High: Students in Crime ….captures the last two terms of the Form One experience for Naa Atswei and…

A thirst for home : a story of water across the world

Title: A thirst for home : a story of water across the world Author: Christine Ieronimo and Eric Velasquez (illus.) Genre: Picture Book / Fiction Publisher: Walker / Bloomsbury Release Date: 2014 Source: ISBN-13: 978-0-8027-2307-9 “Alemitu lives with her mother in a poor village in Ethiopia, where she must walk miles for water and hunger…

The Lion Who Stole My Arm

Title: The Lion Who Stole My Arm Author: Nicola Davies Genre: Fiction, Elementary Publisher: Candlewick Press Release Date: 2014 Pages: 89 pp. Source: ISBN 978-0-7636-6620-0  “Pedru has always wanted to be a great hunter like his father, but after a lion takes his arm, he worries that he’ll always be the crippled boy instead. Pedru…

They Are Coming

Title: They Are Coming Author: Christopher Mlalazi Genre: Fiction Publisher: Weaver Press, Harare, Zimbabwe Release Date: 2014 Pages: 145 pp. Source: ISBN 978 1 77922 258 9 The lives of a township family in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe are turned upside-down their son joins the local youth militia. Mr. Mlalazi is an internationally known Zimbabwean writer. He was guest…

Imani’s Moon

Title: Imani's Moon Author: JaNay Brown-Wood ; Hazel Mitchell (illus.) Genre: Fiction, Picture Book, Elementary Publisher: Mackinac Island Press Release Date: 2014 Pages: Unpaged Source: ISBN-13: 978-1-934133-57-6 “Little Imani of the Maasai people longs to do something great, like touching the moon, but the other children just laugh at her.” Publisher

Ghana Must Go

Title: Ghana Must Go Author: Taiye Selasi Genre: Fiction, New Adult Publisher: Penguin Release Date: 2013 Source: ISBN 978-1594204494  “Kweku Sai is dead. A renowned surgeon and failed husband, he succumbs suddenly at dawn outside his home in suburban Accra. The news of Kweku’s death sends a ripple around the world, bringing together the family…