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GENRE:  Fantasy

SERIES:  Legacy of Orïsha #1

PUBLISHER:  Henry Holt and Co.

AVAILABLE FORMATS:  Hardcover, Paperback,  eBook, Audiobook, Large Print

LANGUAGES: Spanish & Korean editions available

Children of Blood and Bone

By Tomi Adeyemi

They killed my mother.

They took our magic.

They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.


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          Children of Blood and Bone:  Legacy of Orïsha #1

Children of Virtue and Vengeance:  Legacy of Orïsha #2


DisneyFox/LucasFilm is working on a movie adaptation of Children of Blood and Bone

Andre Norton Nebula Award for Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction, Winner, 2018

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Notable Children's Books, 2019

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, Winner, 2019

Audie Award, Young Adult, Finalist, 2019

Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year, Outstanding Merit, 2019

Booklist Editors' Choice Top of the List 2018: Youth Audio

Booklist, Starred Review, 2018

Boston Globe’s Best Children's Books of 2018

Bustle's Top 25 Best Young Adults Books of 2018

Buzzfeed's 24 Best YA Books of 2018


CBCC Choices Best-of-the-year List, 2019

Chicago Public Library, Teens Best of the Best Books 2018, Fiction

Children’s Africana Book Awards, Best Book for Older Readers, 2019

Goodreads Choice Award Best Debut Author, 2018

Goodreads Choice Award Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nominee, 2018

Kirkus Prize for Young Readers' Literature, Finalist, 2018

Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, Winner, 2019

Morris Award, Finalist, 2019

Newsweek’s 61 Best Books from 2018

New York Public Library Top Ten Showstopper Favorite of 2018 (Notable 100 Books for Kids)

New York Times Best Seller

New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2018

NPR's Book Concierge 2018 Great Reads List

Paste Magazine’s 30 Best YA Novels of 2018

Publishers Weekly Best YA Books of 2018

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, 2018

School Library Journal Best Young Adult Books of 2018

TIME Top 100 Fantasy Books of All Time

YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2019

YALSA Teens Top Ten, 2019

YALSA William C. Morris YA Debut Award, Finalist, 2019


  Tomi Adeyemi


 Cover Design and Illustrator Rich Deas



Tomi Adeyemi's Children of Blood and Bone is an Epic Allegory About the Black Experience

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