By Toni Duval
Black Sun, by Kelvin Nyeusi Mawazo (Young Adult Graphic Novel)
Metatron's Children, by Chy Ryan Spain, illustrated by Sydney Kuhne (Middle Grade)
The year is 2130 and society as we know it has collapsed. Two Black non-binary siblings embark on an epic journey to ease the loss of their parents. Along the way, and with the help of a few friends, they unravel a mystery that very well may save what’s left of humanity. Metatron’s Children is an Afro-futuristic narrative of resilience, resistance, and redemption. This is Book #1 of the series.
The Pot of Wisdom: Ananse Stories, by Adwoa Badoe, illustrated by Baba Wagué Diakité (Picture Book)
Drawing on the rich vein of the African Ananse tradition, Ghanaian author Adwoa Badoe and Malian illustrator Baba Wague Diakite bring us a marvelously lively, witty and entertaining collection of ten tales about this spider trickster. These Ananse tales deal with the important issues that face us all — justice, money, food, marriage, vanity and self-respect. Sometimes Ananse succeeds and things go his way; other times he makes a fool of himself and is ashamed — but never for a long time. Many elements of these stories can be found in other trickster tales — those of African origin, like the Uncle Remus stories, and those of aboriginal American groups, like the coyote tales of North American native cultures and the jaguar tales from Central and South America.