Books by African Authors


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Korede’s sister keeps killing boyfriends. Korede has always protected her murderous sibling, but now all of that is colliding with her job, and the man she loves may be in danger.

Ijeoma is sent away for her safety during the Nigerian civil war. She meets and falls in love with another girl, but they must hide their relationship from people who see it as wrong.

Kirabo has been raised by her grandmother and aunts, always wondering who her birth mother might be. When she turns thirteen and discovers a new rebellious streak, she goes looking for answers.

Read about these and other fascinating characters in these books by African authors. These stories offer everything from thrills to humor to mystery, and more.

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The Death of Comrade President

In the 1970s, the President of Congo is murdered. Because of his mother’s kinship with the President, a man named Michel must protect his family, which requires him to learn a new skill: lying. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla.

A Girl Is a Body of Water

When Kirabo turns thirteen, she sets out to find the identity of her birth mother, but she must contend with a new and confusing force inside her. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

My Sister, the Serial Killer

Whenever Korede’s younger sister Ayoola kills a man “in self-defense,” Korede is called upon to dispose of the body. But when Ayoola takes an interest in Korede’s longtime crush, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she’s willing to go to protect her. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.

Under the Udala Trees

Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla, as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.