Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson

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Forced to become a child soldier, a 16-year-old Somali refugee must confront his painful past in this ... tale of loss and redemption for fans of A Long Way Gone and What is the What When Abdi's family is kidnapped, he's forced to do the unthinkable: become a child soldier with the ruthless jihadi group Al-Shabaab. In order to save the lives of those he loves, and earn their freedom, Abdi agrees to be embedded as a spy within the militia's ranks and to send dispatches on their plans to the Americans. The jihadists trust Abdi immediately because his older brother, Dahir, is already one of them, protégé to General Idris, aka the Butcher. If Abdi's duplicity is discovered, he will be killed. For weeks, Abdi trains with them, witnessing atrocity after atrocity, becoming a monster himself, wondering if he's even pretending anymore. He only escapes after he is forced into a suicide bomber's vest, which still leaves him stumps where two of his fingers used to be and his brother near death. Eventually, he finds himself on the streets of Sangui City, Kenya, stealing what he can find to get by, sleeping nights in empty alleyways, wondering what's become of the family that was stolen from him. But everything changes when Abdi's picked up for a petty theft, which sets into motion a chain reaction that forces him to reckon with a past he's been trying to forget….-http://africaaccessreview.org

 

From the Heart of Africa by Eric Walters

A collection of African wisdom gorgeously illustrated by artists from Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Canada, the United States and more. Aphorisms are universal. They give guidance, context and instruction for life's issues, and they help us understand each other and the world around us. We use them every day, yet never think about where they came from or why they exist. In this beautifully illustrated collection, Eric Walters brings us classic sayings from the places where this shared wisdom began. Ashanti, Sukuma, Akan and Kikuyu: all of these cultures use the portable and easily shared knowledge contained in aphorisms, and from these cultures and more this communal knowledge spread. This book is a celebration of art, of community and of our common history. - http://africaaccessreview.org

 

Orange for the Sunsets by Tina Athaide 

From debut author Tina Athaide comes a soaring tale ... as two best friends living under Ugandan President Amin’s divisive rule must examine where ‑ and who ‑ they call home. Perfect for fans of Half from the East and Inside Out and Back Again. Asha and her best friend, Yesofu, never cared about the differences between them: Indian. African. Girl. Boy. Short. Tall. But when Idi Amin announces that Indians have ninety days to leave the country, suddenly those differences are the only things that people in Entebbe can see ‑ not the shared after-school samosas or Asha cheering for Yesofu at every cricket game. Determined for her life to stay the same, Asha clings to her world tighter than ever before. But Yesofu is torn, pulled between his friends, his family, and a promise of a better future. Now as neighbors leave and soldiers line the streets, the two friends find that nothing seems sure ‑ not even their friendship. Tensions between Indians and Africans intensify and the deadline to leave is fast approaching. Could the bravest thing of all be to let each other go? - http://africaaccessreview.org

 

 

Ghost Tribes: The Ghost of Africa by Venancio C. Gomani Jr.

“Survive! I must survive. I race through these dark gloomy woods, dodging trees from side to side. Seven of us entered this hell of a forest; seven hybrids, sent to apprehend IT. One of us is, so far, dead ‑ slaughtered by the hand of the demon that now pursues me. What kind of demon makes easy hunt of beings as lethal as hybrid? No one man can stand on par against just one of us, let alone seven. Yet here we are ‑ hunted like prey by the very demon we came to capture.”

When the Lozi princess Likando, heir to the throne, is aggressed by a group of “mixed-breeds”, people with parents of different origins, before her maturity ceremony, she embarks on an incredible adventure which brings her before the legendary Ghost of Africa ‑ a terrorising figure people believe to be a demon dominating the territory where the Lozi tribe and many others live.

In this alert historic fantasy novel, Venancio Gomani displays a wide range of characters both fascinating and troubling. The elegant writing style mirrors an almost Shakespearian plot inspired by oral stories about love, rivalry and betrayal, and in which oral tradition mingles with history. In an African mythical land, where the world of spirits and the world of humans intertwine, where stories and History always go together, story-telling is one of the essential forms of knowledge passed on from one generation to another. It is from this immense immemorial heritage that Venancio Gomani takes his inspiration.

The first from the series Ghost Tribes, the novel The Ghost of Africa introduces an enigmatic character whose fame cut across generations and created an aura of fear and fantasy. What the novel points at, finally, are the individual stories that grow and entangle to form a vast, complex web of tales that create the background of History and people’s lives. Here is an tribute to story-telling, legends and tradition who necessarily speak about what lies ahead. - https://theafricanbookreview.com/

 

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