Children of Blood and Bone

by Tomi Adeyemi

Hardcover, 2018






Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (2018), Edition: First Edition, 544 pages


Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.

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Digesting volumes of brutal and downtrodden images can be dangerous. It can lead to despair, paralysis, and/or self-fulfilling prophecies of further demise. Millions of people are ordinarily numb to the fact that hyper-violence and wretched Africanized worlds are hallmarks of modern media (esp.
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Hollywood), and accept it wholesale. Remarkably though, Adeyemi inserts a critical lifeline into this abyss–the concept that the Gods of one’s own ancestors (in this case the Orisha) provide salvation unlike any other.
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If a “Black Lives Matter–inspired fantasy novel” sounds like an ungainly hybrid—a pitch gone wrong—think again... The creator of a mythical land called Orïsha, Adeyemi taps into a rich imaginative lineage as she weaves West African mythology into a bespoke world that resonates with our
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Kirkus Prize (Finalist — Young Readers' Literature — 2018)
Audie Award (Finalist — Young Adult — 2019)
Locus Award (Finalist — First Novel — 2019)
Utah Beehive Book Award (Nominee — Young Adult — 2020)
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award (Nominee — Young Adult — 2020)
Buckeye Children's & Teen Book Award (Nominee — Teen — 2019)
British Fantasy Award (Nominee — 2019)
Green Mountain Book Award (Nominee — 2020)
Thumbs Up! Award (Top Ten — 2019)
South Dakota Teen Choice Book Awards (Almost Made It — 2020)
Colorado Blue Spruce Award (Nominee — 2020)
The British Book Industry Awards (Shortlist — Children's Fiction — 2019)
NCSLMA Battle of the Books (High School — 2020)
Virginia Readers' Choice (Nominee — High School — 2022)
Westchester Fiction Award (Winner — 2019)
Children's Africana Book Award (Winner — Older Readers — 2019)
Waterstones Children's Book Prize (Shortlist — Older Readers — 2019)
Volunteer State Book Award (Nominee — High School — 2021)
Books Are My Bag Readers Award (Shortlist — 2018)
Evergreen Teen Book Award (Nominee — High School — 2021)
Rhode Island Teen Book Award (Nominee — 2020)
Three Stars Book Award (Nominee — Young Adult — 2020)
Nommo Award (Shortlist — 2019)
Foyles Book of the Year (Winner — Children's — 2018)
Premios Kelvin 505 (Finalist — 2019)
Dragon Award (Winner — 2018)
Lodestar Award (Winner — 2019)
Readers Retreat (Shortlist — 2023)
Best Fiction for Young Adults (Selection — 2019)
Read Aloud Indiana Book Award (High School — 2020)
Nerdy Book Award (Young Adult Literature — 2018)
Notable Children's Book (Older Readers — 2019)
Penn GSE's Best Books for Young Readers (Selection — Young Adult — 2018)
Project LIT Book Selection (Young Adult — 2019)


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544 p.; 9.29 inches


1250170974 / 9781250170972

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