Meet twelve year old Sunny, the albino daughter of Nigerian immigrants who have moved back to Nigeria to raise their three children. She is already finding it difficult to fit in, a situation which becomes more complicated when she finds out that she is a part of a group of humans with special juju (black magic) powers and a dubious responsibility to save the world. Continue reading “Review-Akata Witch”
Full Disclosure-I know the author of this book. I met Zetta Elliott several years ago through Summer Edwards of Anansesem and I have followed her work closely ever since. Of Caribbean origin (St. Kitts-Nevis specifically), Zetta is a Black feminist writer of poetry, plays, essays, novels, and stories for children. She published a head-spinning fifteen (I believe-it may be more) children’s books last year, making a significant mark on her work towards seeing more diverse literature that accurately reflects the culture, experiences, reality, and essence of people of colour. Continue reading “Review-The Door at the Crossroads”
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All Over Again is a fun, well-crafted story of one school year in the life of a twelve year old boy living in the Caribbean. This book, written by Jamaican author A-dziko Simba Gegele, was the winner of the 2014 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. I would recommend for readers 9-13 years old. Continue reading “All Over Again by A-dziko Simba Gegele”
My intention is to review Caribbean books and films, however, I went to the movies last night for the first time in a long time, so I will break my stride a bit and write about it. Continue reading “Maleficent – a short review”
Charmaine Rousseau is a Trinidad-born writer whose short story, “Miss Annie Cooks Fish” has been short listed for the prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2014. She is the author of two novels, Cafe Au Lait and Give Me the Night, both published under the pen name Liane Spicer. Continue reading “Give Me the Night by Liane Spicer”
Iris’ dying wish is to ensure that her newborn child learns her life story “so that she could understand who she is“. When Iris passes on from her earthly existence, she is given access to pen, paper, and the memories of family members who can fill in gaps about her past. In this way, Ms. Augustave takes us into the life of a Haitian girl who is adopted at age five by a white American family and raised in the US. Continue reading “The Roving Tree by Elsie Augustave”