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message 1: by Liralen (new)

Liralen | 180 comments Mod
What YA fiction set in Africa or by African authors can you recommend? A lot of my recent reading (There Was A Country, Endangered, Born in the Big Rains, I Shall Not Hate) has been quite violent and anxiety-provoking, so ideally I'm looking for something relatively light, but I'll take what I can get.

I've read a handful of YA African novels, but most of them are by non-African authors: the Spud books (South African author), The Good Braider, Now Is the Time for Running... Please enlighten me: what am I missing?


message 2: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth (elizabethinzambia) | 73 comments I am not sure that it exactly qualifies for YA fiction, I would certainly recommend The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind- a wonderful true account of a Malawian boy who overcame significant obstacles to bring progress to his life and his village. A rare story of hope coming out of Africa.The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind


message 4: by Manu (new)

Manu (manuherb) | 166 comments Liralen wrote: "What YA fiction set in Africa or by African authors can you recommend? A lot of my recent reading (There Was A Country, Endangered, Born in the Big Rains, I Shall Not Hate) has been quite violent a..."

You might check
http://www.africaaccessreview.org/aar...

though I have to say that after two years they have failed to review my Brave Music of a Distant Drum:

http://www.africaaccessreview.org/aar...

Many YA novels published in African countries never make it to the international market.

Check, for instance:

http://www.codecan.org/burt-award-africa

I'm not aware that any of the winning books have been published abroad. CODE has plans for making them available as E-books but implementation is taking ages, so much so that I'm contemplating self-publishing my Akosua and Osman on CreateSpace and, perhaps, Kindle.


message 5: by Mary (new)

Mary (maryokekereviews) Liralen wrote: "What YA fiction set in Africa or by African authors can you recommend? A lot of my recent reading (There Was A Country, Endangered, Born in the Big Rains, I Shall Not Hate) has been quite violent a..."

True Murder by Yaba Badoe

No Turning Back, 1995, by Beverley Naidoo ***
http://www.maryokekereviews.blogspot....

Imagine This by Sade Adeniran
http://www.maryokekereviews.blogspot....

Powder Necklace
http://www.maryokekereviews.blogspot....

Tears of the Lonely
http://www.maryokekereviews.blogspot....

Purple Hibiscus
http://www.maryokekereviews.blogspot....

Susan's Diary
http://www.maryokekereviews.blogspot....

Grief Child by Lawrence Darmani (currently reading)

Cheers.


message 6: by Beverly (new)

Beverly | 543 comments I would also recommend:

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okoragor


message 7: by Liralen (new)

Liralen | 180 comments Mod
Thanks, all! Some really interesting-looking books.

Manu, good point about markets and availability -- very few of the books on those lists are on Goodreads, let along at my (very well-stocked) library.


message 8: by Carolien (last edited Aug 28, 2013 12:28PM) (new)

Carolien (carolien_s) | 452 comments The Garbage King is good set in Ethiopia.
Inkarna could be YA.
Have a look at Lauren Beukes.


message 9: by Muphyn (new)

Muphyn | 816 comments Some really good suggestions here! I read a lot of YA but most of it by Australian, American or European writers. The above suggestions should help expand my African YA experience. :)


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