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a Phoenix first must burn

Sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic.

Karen Strong’s short story, “The Witch’s Skin,” focuses on Nalah Everlasting, a grieving girl who must find a way to destroy the Boo Hag terrorizing her island home.

Praise for the book

Kirkus Reviews Best Book
YALSA Best Fiction Book
New York Public Library Best Book
Ignyte Award for Best Anthology
Locus Award Finalist  

“Magical and real, this collection lives up to its goal with stories as diverse as the black experience. #BlackGirlMagic indeed.” – Kirkus Starred Review

“Readers will appreciate the wide representation of the African diaspora…Luminous reading.” – Booklist Starred Review

“This is an outstanding collection, with an evenness to its stories, unique characters, and a wide range of tales.” – School Library Connection Starred Review


“Fiercely fantastical and achingly honest, this book delivers a more inclusive means of self-discovery.”– Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review

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