Thursday, February 3, 2022

February Is African Heritage Month!

Your CEC Library contains many fiction books written by authors of African Descent. Stop by the library and check out the following titles.

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
by Roseanne A. Brown
Inspired by West African folklore, this novel tells the story of a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee who find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction.

Becoming Muhammad Ali
by Kwame Alexander and James Patterson
Before he was a household name, Cassius Clay was a kid with struggles like any other. This book vividly depicts his life up to age seventeen, including his childhood friends, struggles in school, the racism he faced, and his discovery of boxing.

Concrete Rose
by Angie Thomas
"The author revisits Garden Heights 17 years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood." -Publisher

Genesis Begins Again
by Alicia D. Williams
There are ninety-six reasons why thirteen-year-old Genesis dislikes herself. She knows the exact number because she keeps a list. -Summary

by Tiffany D. Jackson
When legendary R&B artist Korey Fields spots Enchanted Jones at an audition, her dreams of being a famous singer take flight. Until Enchanted wakes up with blood on her hands and zero memory of the previous night.-Summary

by Walter Dean Myers
While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken. -Summary

Punching The Air
by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
“Amal Shahid has always been an artist and a poet. But even in a diverse art school, he's seen as disruptive and unmotivated by a biased system. Then one fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighborhood escalates into tragedy. Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal's bright future is upended: he is convicted of a crime he didn't commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art. This never should have been his story.” -WorldCat

Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston
“This poetic, graceful love story, rooted in Black folk traditions and steeped in mythic realism, celebrates boldly and brilliantly African-American culture and heritage. And in a powerful, mesmerizing narrative, it pays quiet tribute to a Black woman who, though constricted by the times, still demanded to be heard.” -WorldCat

You Should See Me In A Crown
by Leah Johnson
"Liz Lighty has always done her best to avoid the spotlight in her small, wealthy, and prom-obsessed midwestern high school; after all, her family is black and rather poor, especially since her mother died; instead she has concentrated on her grades and her musical ability in the hopes that it will win her a scholarship to elite Pennington College and their famous orchestra where she plans to study medicine--but when that scholarship falls through she is forced to turn to her school's scholarship for prom king and queen, which plunges her into the gauntlet of social media which she hates and leads her to discoveries about her own identity and the value of true friendships." -Publisher

X: A Novel
by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
“X follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.” -WorldCat