January 23, 2017
Three fantastic new additions to our collection!
Tiffany D. Jackson
In Jackson’s gritty and haunting debut, when she was 9, Mary B. Addison, an African American, allegedly murdered a white infant she and her mother were babysitting. Because Mary kept quiet and said little in her defense, she was quickly convicted of the crime. She’s spent the better part of her life under lock and key and endures nonstop bullying from the staff and the girls at the all-female group home where she lives. Mary’s only escape is volunteering at a nursing home where she meets her boyfriend, Ted a fellow volunteer. Before there wasn’t a reason to set the record straight, but now she’s got Ted and their unborn child to think about. When the state threatens to take away her baby, Mary knows that her fate is in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most--her mother.
City of Saints & Thieves
Natalie C. Anderson
Anderson’s enthralling murder mystery debut is set in Kenya where 16-year-old Tina, a Congolese refugee has two purposes in life: take care of her mixed-race half -sister, and avenge their mother's death. Tina believes the murderer is the rich and corrupt Roland Greyhill, her mother’s former employer and lover. After her mother's death, Tina spends the next five years living on the streets where she joins a local gang and works as a thief to support her younger sister. By the time she's 17, Tina is ready to put her plan for revenge into action by blackmailing and then killing her mother’s murderer. But she may not have all the facts and uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother and why could cost Tina her life.
The You I've Never Known
Hopkins (Traffick, 2015) again tackles difficult subject matter as she tells the story of 17-year-old Ariel who longs for a permanent home, and Maya, Ariel’s mother who allegedly abandoned her daughter when she was 2. Ariel finally experiences a bit of stability when she and her nomadic father put down roots in Sonora, CA. Here she begins to explore her sexuality with both the handsome new guy at school Gabe and her best friend Monica. But Ariel’s life is upended when Maya returns, claiming that she never left her daughter. Instead, she reveals that Ariel’s father kidnapped her, and now Maya wants her back. Ariel finds herself torn between the mother she’s been taught to mistrust and the father who fostered that suspicion.