High School Reader Bundle

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  • A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope
  • Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia Butler
  • How Long 'til Black Future Month?: Stories

Keep your kids learning and having fun with this incredible teen book bundle. The first two books of the bundle will include:

  • Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram Kendi, two award-winning authors in their own right, have joined together to offer your kids “a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative that shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas–and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.” This is a book that we encourage parents and teens to read together while school is out. It’ll offer a great opportunity for a much needed guided discussion between parents and children that’ll also offer some great screen-less bonding time.
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is told in the captivating voice of a woman who refuses to live in sorrow, bitterness, fear, or foolish romantic dreams, it is the story of fair-skinned, fiercely independent Janie Crawford, and her evolving selfhood through three marriages and a life marked by poverty, trials, and purpose. Introduce your high schooler to a true literary wonder and perhaps the most widely read and highly regarded novel in the entire canon of African American literature.

You also of the choice of 1 of the 3 below titles:

A Phoenix Must First Burn by Patricia Caldwell

Evoking Beyoncé's Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler's heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. 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 in which you cannot help but see yourself reflected. Witches and scientists, sisters and lovers, priestesses and rebels: the heroines of A Phoenix First Must Burn shine brightly. You will never forget them.

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia Butler

Butler's most celebrated, critically acclaimed work tells the story of Dana, a young black woman who is suddenly and inexplicably transported from her home in 1970s California to the pre-Civil War South. As she time-travels between worlds, one in which she is a free woman and one where she is part of her own complicated familial history on a southern plantation, she becomes frighteningly entangled in the lives of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder and one of Dana's own ancestors, and the many people who are enslaved by him. Frightening, compelling, and richly imagined, Kindred offers an unflinching look at our complicated social history, transformed by the graphic novel format into a visually stunning work for a new generation of readers.

How Long 'til Black Future Month: Stories? by N.K. Jemisin

Three-time Hugo Award winner and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption that sharply examine modern society in her first collection of short fiction, which includes never-before-seen stories. Spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story "The City Born Great," a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis's soul.