What stood out to me even more in reading early reviews, was how Adeyemi created a fantasy world in which to explore the very real issues of racism, oppression and slavery.
In the author's note, Adeyemi writes,
"Although riding giant lionaires and performing sacred rituals might be in the realm of fantasy, all the pain, fear, sorrow and loss in this book is real.Children of Blood and Bone was written during a time where I kept turning on the news and seeing stories of unarmed black men, women, and children being shot by the police. I felt afraid and angry and helpless, but this book was the one thing that made me feel like I could do something about it.I told myself that if just one person could read it and have their hearts or minds changed, then I would've done something meaningful against a problem that often feels so much bigger than myself."
This approach reminded me of how Facing History uses the distance of history - people in another place and time - to surface essential questions about human behavior and the moral choices we face everyday, and to propel our students (and ourselves) into action.
Please join me in exploring Adeyemi's work. We'll convene the Book Cafe on:
Sunday, May 19th
at a West LA location TBD