Children of Blood and BoneBook Club Kit - 2018
Instant New York Times Bestseller
New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2018
TIME Top 10 Best YA and Children's Books of 2018
NPR 's Book Concierge 2018 Great Reads List
Buzzfeed's 24 Best YA Books of 2018
Bustle's Top 25 Best Young Adults Books of 2018
2018 Kirkus Prize Finalist
YALSA William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist
Paste Magazine's 30 Best YA Novels of 2018
Newsweek's 61 Best Books from 2018
Boston Globe's Best Children's Books of 2018
Publishers Weekly Best YA Books of 2018
School Library Journal Best Books of 2018
2019 YALSA Teen's Top Ten List
With five starred reviews, Tomi Adeyemi's West African-inspired fantasy debut, and instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, conjures a world of magic and danger, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir.
They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.
"A phenomenon." -- Entertainment Weekly
"The epic I've been waiting for." -- New York Times -bestselling author Marie Lu
"You will be changed. You will be ready to rise up and reclaim your own magic!" -- New York Times -bestselling author Dhonielle Clayton
"The next big thing in literature and film." -- Ebony
"One of the biggest young adult fiction debut book deals of the year." -- Teen Vogue
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#1 New York Times bestseller , March 14, 2018
From Library Staff
LPL_KimberlyL Oct 10, 2019
A West African-inspired fantasy where a magical young rebel teams up with a rogue princess to outwit the monarchy, who is determined to destroy magic for good.
William C. Morris Finalist
LPL_VanessaR Feb 28, 2019
Zélie's world as an underdog, as a maji, as a child tethered to the whims of a ruthless kingdom does what anyone would do in her situation: fight. Orïsha is filled with the blood and bones of her ancestors and present. She faces betrayal, violence, love, and intense sadness in her quest to save h... Read More »
LPL_KimberlyL Mar 22, 2018
This is *the* YA Fantasy book of the moment. I'm purposefully not looking up about the plot to make it a complete surprise, but I know it's set in a West African-inspired world and it's recommended for fans of Sabaa Tahir and Leigh Bardugo (two authors I'm obsessed with).
From the critics
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AliceInWonderbread thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over
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sarahbru17 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over
Sexual Content: Heavy "petting" between two characters. Age suitability depends on comfort level. Comparable to TV 14 is my guess
Sexual Content: Inan and Zel hug and then Inan touches Zel all over her body. There are also no more than 4 references to seduction. And the way the maji were treated by others is a bit scary. They are sometimes sent to brothels among other things.
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As it fades, I see the truth - in plain sight, yet hidden all along. We are all children of blood and bone. All instruments of vengeance and virtue. This truth holds me close, rocking me like a child in a mother's arms. It binds me in its love as death swallows me in its grasp.
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Once, Orïsha was the land of maji, ten powerful clans, each with their own unique powers to command earth or water, life or death. But eleven years ago, King Saran conducted the Raid, cutting the maji off from their gods, and killing every practitioner old enough to have come into their powers. Only the divîners remain. Children at the time of the Raid, they will live their entire lives under the heel of the Royal Guard, derided as maggots, never coming into their inheritance. It seems that the gods have abandoned Orïsha. But tension is brewing in the royal family. Princess Amari’s best friend is a divîner named Binta, who serves as her chamber maid, and Prince Inan is hiding a dark secret of his own. Having lost her mother in the Raid, a young divîner named Zélie harbours a deep resentment for the royal family, and a longing for the Reaper powers she should have inherited on her thirteenth birthday. Instead, she trains to fight with a staff, and dreams of a day when the divîners will rise up against their oppressors. But the gods have plans to throw some unusual allies in her path.