Must Reads for Summer 2018!
It's epic time and here they are! Some official summer MUST READS available at Chez AlphaBooks. Kintu described as a sprawling epic drama is considered by many critics to be Uganda's national narrative! The long awaited Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston is the story of Cudjo Lewis; a man born Oluale Kossola in the Yoruba kingdom of Takkoi and the last survivor of the last known slave ship to sail from the African continent to America with a human cargo. In addition, Children of Blood and Bone is the official #TONIGHTSHOWSUMMEREAD! Come and get them...
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Recommended Books for Children
Twelve-year-old Lanesha lives in a tight-knit community in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward. She doesn’t have a fancy house like her uptown family or lots of friends like other kids on her street. But what she does have is Mama Ya-Ya, her fiercely loving caretaker, wise in the ways of the world and able to predict the future. So when Mama Ya-Ya’s visions show a powerful hurricane–Katrina–fast approaching, it’s up to Lanesha to call upon the hope and strength Mama Ya-Ya has given her to help them both survive the storm. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=904272603106344&set=a.102820426584903&type=3&theater
Have you ever met a Jumbie???
Author Tracy Baptiste Explores A Dark History Through A Magical Story In 'Rise Of The Jumbies': Writer Baptiste was born in Trinidad where she grew up on fairy tales and the spoken folk tales of the island, including stories about creatures called jumbies. The mythical monsters inspired her to write her own Caribbean folk tale for middle schoolers.
Now, she's written a sequel that dives further into island mythology, as well as the darker side of its history. The novel, Rise of the Jumbies, centers around Corinne, the fiercely independent and half-jumbie main character. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=903805746486363&set=a.102820426584903&type=3&theater
“THE PEOPLE COULD FLY,” is a fantasy tale of the African slaves who possessed the ancient magic words that enabled them to literally fly away to freedom. And it is a moving tale of those who did not have the opportunity to “fly” away, who remained slaves with only their imaginations to set them free as they told and retold this tale.
- The DEADMAN'S DANCE explores how small misunderstandings arise in the interaction of two vastly different cultures...and then what happens!
- Many authors have attempted to describe early settlement in Australia, but their efforts remain primarily from the European perspective. Kim Scott, on the other hand, as the son of an Aboriginal father and English mother, was able to authentically deliver from both perspectives exploring the early contact between the Aboriginal Noongar people and the first European settlers. The Deadman Dance is set in the first decades of the 19th century in the area around what is now Albany, Western Australia.