“Like That? Read This!” is my new weekly feature where I provide librarian-curated book recommendations. Each week I’ll be picking a recent release and sharing a list of similar books to pick up if you liked it! “Like That? Read This!” is also perfect when you’re waiting for a library copy of a hot new release and need something to read in the meantime.
Librarians and educators are welcome to use “Like That? Read This!” to create readalike lists, displays, or other readers advisory tools for their students/readers!
Title: A Phoenix First Must Burn
Editor: Patrice Caldwell
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Release date: March 10, 2020
Goodreads Summary: “Sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic.
Evoking Beyoncé’s Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler’s heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. A Phoenix First Must Burn will take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between. Filled with stories of love and betrayal, strength and resistance, this collection contains an array of complex and true-to-life characters in which you cannot help but see yourself reflected. Witches and scientists, sisters and lovers, priestesses and rebels: the heroines of A Phoenix First Must Burn shine brightly. You will never forget them.
Authors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Amerie, Dhonielle Clayton, Jalissa Corrie, Somaiya Daud, Charlotte Davis, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Justina Ireland, Danny Lore, L.L. McKinney, Danielle Paige, Rebecca Roanhorse, Karen Strong, Ashley Woodfolk, and Ibi Zoboi.“
- The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
- A Blade so Black by L.L. McKinney
- The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis
- Mirage by Somaiya Daud
- Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
- Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown
- Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
- Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender
- The Deep by Rivers Solomon
- The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum
- A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy
- War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi
- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
- Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
- Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
- Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi
Have you read A Phoenix First Must Burn? What else would you add to this list?