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Nigeria Jones

May 9

The cover centers a young Black girl sitting on the ground with legs crossed staring out intently at the viewer. The background seems to be a mosaic of golds and blues. There is also a kind of mosaic overlay on her hair and jeans but this is with blues, purples and pinks that are vivid in her hair and pastel on the jeans. The title is in white and all caps but the letters have swirls and flourishes. Nigeria Jones by Ibi Zoboi
HarperCollins US

Warrior Princess.

That’s what Nigeria’s father calls her. He’s raised her as part of the Movement, a Black separatist group based in Philadelphia. Nigeria is homeschooled and vegan and participates in traditional rituals that connect her and other kids from the group to their ancestors. But when her mother—the perfect matriarch to their Movement—disappears, Nigeria’s world is upended. She finds herself taking care of her baby brother and stepping into a role she doesn’t want.

Nigeria’s mother had secrets. She wished for a different life for her children, which includes sending her daughter to a private Quaker school outside of their strict group. Despite her father’s disapproval, Nigeria attends the school with her cousin, Kamau, and Sage, who used to be a friend. There, she slowly begins to blossom and expand her universe.

As Nigeria searches for her mother, she starts to uncover a shocking truth. One that will lead her to question everything she thought she knew about her life and her family. — Cover image and summary via Goodreads


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