Author and editor Kwame Mbalia brings an outstanding ensemble of Black male and non-binary writers together in this timely audio anthology. Seventeen works portray the power of joy in Black boys’ lives. The opening story’s compelling message on the importance of sharing moments of joy creates a thematic framework for the collection. Every author’s contribution—whether funny, sad, scary, or hopeful—confirms that “joy is at the center of everything; [you] just have to coax it out.” The storytelling skills of narrators Amir Abdullah and Taj Leahy shine as they employ an astonishing array of voices to enhance dozens of characters. Their engaging delivery of assorted genres ranging from realistic fiction to sci-fi and fantasy will appeal to a wide spectrum of middle-grade listeners. S.A.A. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2021 Best Audiobook © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2021]
Trade Ed. Listening Library 2021
DD ISBN 9780593409886 $15.00
Library Ed. Listening Library 2021
DD ISBN 9780593409893 $38.00
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