"The refrain, poetic imagery, and well-paced sentences make this a smooth read-aloud." - Kirkus
"Esbaum and Boldt [hit] the serious, the horrific, and the hysterical—and tenderly portray the growing bond between the two children." - Kirkus
As most folks familiar with the publishing process know, there are a huge number of factors that go into the creation of a book, and each new deal is a minor miracle of converging elements. There are times, though, when those elements come together so perfectly that you just know that you're going to get something extra special.
And that's exactly what has happened in the case of this groundbreaking anthology, BLACK ENOUGH: STORIES OF BLACK TEENHOOD IN AMERICA. The collection of YA stories was conceived and helmed by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, and has been signed on for publication in winter 2019 by Alessandra Balzer at Balzer+Bray.
You think you're already excited? Wait till you see the star-studded list of contributors: Rita Williams-Garcia, Coe Booth, Dhonielle Clayton, Brandy Colbert, Renée Watson, Tracey Baptiste, Jason Reynolds, Kekla Magoon, Jay Coles, Nic Stone, Lamar Giles, Leah Henderson, Justina Ireland, Varian Johnson, Tochi Onyebuchi, Liara Tamani, and Ibi Zoboi.
There's really only one thing left to say... is it 2019 yet?!!
Huge congratulations, Ibi and team!