A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope (MP3 CD)
If story is the ground in which we plant the seeds of our stronger, prouder selves, more comfortable in our skins no matter what shade, what gender or non-conforming gender, then give Caldwell's collection to every teen you know and watch the blooms. The power of self-worth in the face of centuries of marginalization is magic, and these characters, some on alien planets, some deemed alien in their own lands, gather that magic and explode it onto these landscapes. Brilliant!— Linda
Evoking Beyonc 's Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler's heirs have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that puts Black women and gender-nonconforming individuals at its center. A Phoenix First Must Burn will take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between. Filled with stories of love and betrayal, strength and resistance, this collection contains an array of complex and true-to-life characters through which you cannot help but see yourself reflected. Witches and scientists, sisters and lovers, priestesses and rebels--the heroines of this anthology shine brightly. You will never forget them.