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A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope

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

Evoking Beyoncé'sLemonadefor 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 Burnwill
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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    It's official, this is one of my most anticipated releases of 2020!
    Rose Angelus
    As a black teen I am so lucky to be growing up in an age where I can be seen in literature. Where my face isn't the side character or the punchline. Where I don't have to hide behind the faces of white teens living lives I know I can. I want everyone to read this. Black, white, asian, native american,
    and hispanic. Let our voices be heard. Read our stories. A phoenix first must burn, but when we rise we rise together. Everyone should have this on their TBR's.
    Jun 17, 2019 marked it as tbr-collect  ·  review of another edition
    Have you ever seen a cover as gorgeous?
    Rec-It Rachel
    patrice's story is my favorite
    Zehra (recklessreverie)

    Jun 17, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    *sees author names*
    *sees ibi zoboi, Dhonielle Clayton, among others*
    *hones in on Elizabeth Acevedo*
    faith ✨
    This whole concept of black gender non-conforming teens is basically me and I'm so fucking here for it, so N E E D.

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    Murderous unicorns, transforming dragons, many types of Black witches, Black queer vampires, and so much more!
    ♛ Cameron ♛
    I am in complete awe of this cover. The girl is so pretty! The colors! The swooshing hair! The title! My poor gay heart can’t take much more. Also the whole premise behind this is a collection is “black girl magic.” I couldn’t add this to my TBR sooner. I really loved some of the stories, especially Elizabeth Acevedo’s, yet I do think some of the other stories didn’t quite engage me. Considering this is an anthology collection, I’m not surprised about my overall thoughts on the book being ...more
    Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

    Thank you to Bookish First and Penguin Teen for sending me an ARC of this book! Any quotes I use are coming from this, which is an uncorrected text, and may not be what appears in the final version of the book. All thoughts of the book are my own and have not been influenced by me receiving this ARC!

    Overall, I think this book was good! Some stories definitely stand out more than others, but I expect that would be the case with any collection of short stories. Another big
    Leila Jaafari
    A collection of short stories pitched as Octavia Butler meets Beyoncé’s Lemonade. 16 authors write science fiction/fantasty/Afrofuturism stories that will take you on a ride. I liked most stories... some were weird as per usual of short story collections.
    Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I entered & won this as a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I entered the giveaway because this book seemed interesting. I'm a white chick but I enjoy diverse reading. This book contained a variety of fantasy and sci fi short stories which were compelling and centered around diverse storylines and charachters. There is a wide variety of well known authors and a treasure of short stories representing strong POC women characters. There is a wide variety of character types ...more
    Tiffani Reads
    Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    3.5 stars

    Full review with rating per story and thoughts to come.
    Dec 10, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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    So proud of Patrice and so excited to read this!
    Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This variety of short stories and settings based on science fiction and fantasy will engage and capture readers. Each story is built around complex and relatable characters. Aliens, homesteaders, sirens, priestesses, and rebels offer readers a variety of heart-pounding adventures and trials. Each story will leave you thinking. Readers will want to find their favorite authors and seek out their full length novels. The strong, POC, female characters tie together all the stories in the anthology. ...more
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    Patrice Caldwell is a graduate of Wellesley College and the founder & fundraising 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 being a literary agent at Howard ...more