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Illustrator: Ejiwa "Edge" Ebenebe 

Cover Design: Keirsten Geise

JOSEPHINE AGAINST THE SEA

(Out July 6, 2021, Scholastic)

Meet Josephine, the most loveable mischief-maker in Barbados, in a magical, heartfelt adventure inspired by Caribbean mythology.

 

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

*Kirkus Starred Review

Eleven-year-old Josephine knows that no one is good enough for her daddy. That's why she's desperate to make it onto her school's cricket team. She'll get to play her favorite sport AND make sure her fisherman daddy is too busy attending her matches to date.


But when tryouts go badly, the frustrated Josephine cuts into a powerful silk cotton tree and accidentally summons a bigger problem into her life . . .
The next day, Daddy brings home a new catch, a beautiful woman named Mariss. And unlike the other girlfriends, she doesn't scare easily. Josephine knows there's something fishy about Mariss–she sings in a strange language, eats weird food, and seems to exert mysterious control over everyone she meets.


Josephine knows that Mariss isn't what she seems . . . she might not be human! But who's going to believe her? Can Josephine convince her friends to help her and use her cricket skills to save Daddy from Mariss's clutches before it's too late?

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 Cover Design: Anita Mangan

ALLIES ANTHOLOGY

(Out July 2021 in UK & September in US, DK Books)

Co-Edited by Shakirah Bourne & Dana Alison Levy

 

This book is for everyone. Because we can all be allies.

As an ally, you use your power—no matter how big or small—to support others. You learn, and try, and mess up, and try harder. In this collection of true stories, 17 critically acclaimed and bestselling YA authors get real about being an ally, needing an ally, and showing up for friends and strangers. 

From raw stories of racism and invisible disability to powerful moments of passing the mic, these authors share their truths. They invite you to think about your own experiences and choices and how to be a better ally.

There are no easy answers, but this book helps you ask better questions. Self-reflection prompts, resources, journaling ideas, and further reading suggestions help you find out what you can do. Because we’re all in this together. And we all need allies. 

A portion of the proceeds from this book goes to supporting charities. 

*FREE Educational Package available for teachers. Please request via contact form.

 

MY FISHY STEPMOM

Caribbean Edition (Josephine Against the Sea)

(Blue Banyan Books, 2019)

“A delightful story that is charmingly funny. With a folktale antagonist, the shenanigans that result as the main character fights to preserve her bonds of family and friendship are heartwarming.”

CODE Burt Judges 2018

Illustrator: Andrea Haynes-Peart 

Cover Design: Ion Communications

DUPPY ISLAND

(2022, Scholastic)

 

 

A middle-grade adventure about an aspiring filmmaker who follows her family to a silent retreat, only to find the island haunted by soulless children.

JOSEPHINE AGAINST THE HEARTMAN

(2023, Scholastic)

 

 

When Ahkai gets kidnapped by the Heartman, Josephine is forced to team up with a suspicious sea spirit to save him.