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Book List: “imagine” (Jan. 2019) | Black Men Read

2019 is here and we can’t wait to get reading some great literature!  We love books that help us to explore the previously unimagined, to move us out of our reading comfort zone and into the far reaches of a creative author’s imagination.

This month’s family book list is titled “imagine”.  In this book list we provide books that seek to bust up literary norms and embrace new possibilities.  This list has every thing from witches in the big city to undead killers in the Civil War era.  This list is fun for the whole family as it has a book for any reading level.

Grab one of these books today at your local library, Mahogany Books, your local indie bookstore or wherever dope books are sold.

Books listed by Reading Level (Click the title for a link to the books.)

ELEMENTARY:
Swift Walker: A Space Adventure” by Verlyn Tarlton

Join Swift Walker as his speedy legs take him on a journey that is out of this world, and learn about all the planets in our solar system while you’re along for the ride.

MIDDLE GRADE (Chapter Books):
Dragons In A Bag” by Zetta Elliott

When Jaxon is sent to spend the day with a mean old lady his mother calls Ma, he finds out she’s not his grandmother—but she is a witch! She needs his help delivering baby dragons to a magical world where they’ll be safe. There are two rules when it comes to the dragons: don’t let them out of the bag, and don’t feed them anything sweet. Before he knows it, Jax and his friends Vikram and Kavita have broken both rules! Will Jax get the baby dragons delivered safe and sound? Or will they be lost in Brooklyn forever?

YOUNG ADULT:
A Blade So Black” by L.L. McKinney

The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she’s trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.
Life in real-world Atlanta isn’t always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice’s handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she’ll need to use everything she’s learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally.

Dread Nation” by Justina Ireland

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever.
In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead.
But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies.
And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

ADULT:
Akata Witch” by Nnedi Okorafor

Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she’s albino. She’s a terrific athlete, but can’t go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing—she is a “free agent” with latent magical power. Soon she’s part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But will it be enough to help them when they are asked to catch a career criminal who knows magic too?

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