Wings of Ebony
by Elle, J.

Taken away from her Houston neighborhood by the father she never knew in the aftermath of her mother's murder, a Black teen arrives on a hidden island of magic, where she discovers her half-god identity and responsibility in helping protect the mortal and immortal worlds. 60,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

J. Elle is the author of the instant New York Times and Indie bestseller Wings of Ebony, a YA novel about a Black teen who must lean into her ancestor&;s magic to protect her inner-city community from drugs, violence, and crime. Ms. magazine calls it &;the debut fantasy we need right now.&; Elle is a former educator and first-generation college student with a bachelor&;s degree in journalism and a master&;s in educational administration and human development. When she&;s not writing, Elle can be found mentoring aspiring writers, binging reality TV, loving on her three littles, or cooking up something true to her Louisiana roots. 

A teenage girl is whisked away from the only home and family she knows to a hidden land of magic and secrets. The last year has been a jarring sequence of events for 17-year-old African American Rue. After their mother dies in a senseless shooting, Rue and her 12-year-old sister, Tasha, are separated. Tasha is living with her father back in Houston while Rue finds herself off the coast of Madagascar on the hidden island of Ghizon with her previously absent father, Aasim. Rue struggles to assimilate to a magic-filled world, but her new friend Bri accepts her and gives her an understanding of Ghizoni culture. Despite being immersed in this world of wonder, nothing can replace a sister: Rue breaks the rules and travels back to Houston to see Tasha. Everything seems to be going well until a man with a snake tattoo on his neck offers Tasha a ride to school and a series of events unfolds that threatens Rueā??s world and may change Ghizon forever. Debut author Elleā??s characters shine with determination and heart. The tough realities of living in an underserved community fortify Rue against great odds but also influence her reluctance to accept kindness and support. Rue grapples with her sense of community, family, and duty; despite the size of her foes and fears, she never stops fighting for justice. Heart-stopping action and intrigue from cover to cover. (Fantasy. 14-18) Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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