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Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi makes their young adult debut with Pet. An honoree for the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 List, a longlist nominee for the Carnegie Medal of Excellence, and a shortlist nominee for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, Akwaeke continues to receive accolades and rave reviews for their adult debut Freshwater and their second adult novel, The Death of Vivek Oji. Born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria, Akwaeke currently resides in liminal spaces.
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2 books

Pet

How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?
There are no more monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. With doting parents and a best friend named Redemption, Jam has grown up with this lesson all her life. But when she meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colours and claws, who emerges from one of her mother’s paintings and a drop of Jam’s blood, she must reconsider what she’s been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption’s house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth.

Bitter

From the critically acclaimed author of Pet, Bitter takes a timely and provocative look at the power of youth, protest and art.

Bitter is thrilled to have been chosen to attend Eucalyptus, a special school where she can focus on her painting surrounded by other creative teens. But outside this haven, the streets are filled with protests against the deep injustices that grip the town of Lucille.

Bitter’s instinct is to stay safe within the walls of Eucalyptus . . . but her friends aren’t willing to settle for a world that the adults say is ‘just the way things are.’ Pulled between old friendships, her creative passion, and a new romance, Bitter isn’t sure where she belongs – in the art studio or in the streets. And if she does find a way to help the revolution while being true to who she is, she must also ask: at what cost?

‘A powerful book.’ Books for Keeps
‘A much anticipated companion novel . . . complex and great for readers of all ages.’ Buzzfeed
‘Timely and riveting.’ Book Riot

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