Viking Books for Young Readers A Phoenix First Must Burn: 16 stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, & Hope
Viking Books for Young Readers A Phoenix First Must Burn: 16 stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, & Hope

A Phoenix First Must Burn: 16 stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, & Hope

By Patrice Caldwell

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Publication Date: March 10, 2020

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Ages 12 And Up, Grades 7 And Up

Sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic.

With stories by: Elizabeth Acevedo, Amerie, Patrice Caldwell, Dhonielle Clayton, J. Marcelle Corrie, Somaiya Daud, Charlotte Nicole Davis, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Danny Lore, L. L. McKinney, Danielle Paige, Rebecca Roanhorse, Karen Strong, Ashley Woodfolk, and Ibi Zoboi.

Evoking Beyoncé’s Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler’s heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. A Phoenix First Must Burn will take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between. Filled with stories of love and betrayal, strength and resistance, this collection contains an array of complex and true-to-life characters in which you cannot help but see yourself reflected. Witches and scientists, sisters and lovers, priestesses and rebels: the heroines of A Phoenix First Must Burn shine brightly. You will never forget them.

About the Author

Patrice Caldwell is a graduate of Wellesley College and the founder and fund-raising chair of People of Color in Publishing—a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting, empowering, and uplifting racially and ethnically marginalized members of the book publishing industry. Born and raised in Texas, Patrice was a children’s book editor before shifting to writing full-time.

In 2018, she was named a Publishers Weekly Star Watch honoree and featured on The Writer’s Digest podcast, PBS’s MetroFocus, and Bustle’s inaugural “Lit List” as one of ten women changing the book world.

She currently lives in New York City in an apartment overflowing with tea and books and is obsessed with purple lipstick. Visit her online at patricecaldwell.com, Twitter @whimsicallyours, and Instagram @whimsicalaquarian.

Author Residence: New York, NY

Author Hometown: Austin and Dallas, TX

Format: Hardcover

Length: 368 pages

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: March 10, 2020

ISBN: 9781984835659

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