Koffi and Ekon have seen the Shetani, the monster who lives in the Greater Jungle and brutally kills those unfortunate enough to encounter it. At least that’s what the stories say. Since the Rupture, when the sky and earth tore apart, magic has been lost, hidden by the few who can use it and relegated to remote places like the Kusonga Plains and the Greater Jungle. Koffi and Ekon set out to find the Shetani, each carrying burdens that make this impossible task necessary. The magic in this world is beautiful and terrifying, but it is the lovely depth of Koffi and Ekon that will wrap you in its complexity and squeeze out both tears and laughter. Prepare to commit yourself to this world and its people, and know that waiting can be delicious.
Dominguita Melendez loves to read even more than playing games at school, maybe just a little because she doesn’t have anyone to call a friend since her best friend moved away. Now her abuela has also moved away and Dominguita just wants to bury her head in the books they used to read together, but when the biggest bully in the neighborhood tells her that girls can’t be knights like her favorite knight, Don Quixote, she sets out to prove him wrong. Like Don Quixote, she learns much along the way, about friends, bullies, and even windmills. This lovely adaptation of one of my favorite classics introduces kids to Don Quixote with a twist of Cuban deliciousness. Can’t wait to see what Dom does with Treasure Island!
Has a unicorn horn been seen at Schmoke headquarters? Have the dastardly brothers finally done the unthinkable, found and …dare I say, KILLED a unicorn? The team ventures to the awesome mountains of the Himalayas to uncover the truth. With the help and gracious hospitality of Waleed and Asim Sahib, they traverse the highest mountains on Earth to find…well, now it wouldn’t be right for me to just tell you, would it? Beautifully woven into this fine, hilarious adventure are some powerful questions about weighing personal gain with environmental impact and the power of hope. Enjoy!
The ABCs are the foundation necessary to open the gates of words, reading, thinking and understanding our world, so how appropriate that Rio Cortez’ book centers on that foundation and, through it, introduces readers to the beauty and importance of the myriad accomplishments of African-Americans. For teachers and parents, this book will open the door to lessons in history, civil rights, education, politics, and the power of community. Imagine how different our vision of this country would be if the accomplishments and trials of Black Americans, those found so beautifully displayed here, were a part of every child’s early education.
Give this book to all the young women in your life, women who are exploring who they are culturally, sexually, romantically, where their experiences sit in the context of injustices both historical and current. Wrap all of that wisdom and beauty into a story you cannot put down, the story of Daunis Fontaine, an eighteen-year-old woman who straddles the worlds of the Fontaines and Firekeepers, white and Ojibwa in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. When yet another tragedy wrapped in the tentacles of the meth crisis occurs in her community, Daunis is reluctantly recruited by the FBI to go undercover to discover the source of a new, more deadly drug plaguing her community. Brilliantly intertwining science and the wisdom of the old ways, the power of community and the injustices that persist, The Firekeeper’s Daughter will leave you forever altered. I excitedly await Boulley’s next book!