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Powell's Books Presents Jewell Parker Rhodes & Kelly McWilliams
From award-winning, bestselling author Jewell Parker Rhodes (Ghost Boys) comes a powerful coming-of-age story about two brothers, one who presents as white, the other as black, and the complex ways in which they are forced to navigate the world, all while training for a fencing competition. Powerful and emotionally gripping, BLACK BROTHER, BLACK BROTHER (Little, Brown) is a careful examination of the school-to-prison pipeline and follows one boy's fight against racism and his empowering path to finding his voice.

Agnes loves her home of Red Creek. There, she cares tirelessly for her younger siblings and follows the town's strict laws. What she doesn't know is that Red Creek is a cult, controlled by a madman who calls himself a prophet. Then Agnes meets Danny, an Outsider boy, and begins to question what is and isn't a sin. Her younger brother, Ezekiel, will die without the insulin she barters for once a month, even though medicine is considered outlawed. Is she a sinner for saving him? As the Prophet grows more dangerous, Agnes realizes she must escape with Ezekiel and leave everyone else behind. But it isn't safe Outside, either: A viral pandemic is burning through the population at a terrifying rate. The Handmaid's Tale meets Wilder Girls in Kelly McWilliams’s genre-defying new novel, AGNES AT THE END OF THE WORLD (Little, Brown).

Sep 27, 2020 02:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Jewell Parker Rhodes
Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of Ninth Ward, winner of a Coretta Scott King Honor, Sugar, winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and Ghost Boys, a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback editions. She has also written many award-winning novels for adults. When she's not writing, Jewell visits schools to talk about her books and teaches writing at Arizona State University.
Kelly McWilliams
Kelly McWilliams is a mixed-race writer who has always gravitated towards stories about crossing boundaries and forging new identities. For this and so many other reasons, young adult literature will always be close to her heart. Her new novel, Agnes at the End of the World, benefitted from a We Need Diverse Books Mentorship. She has loved crafting stories all her life, and her very first novel, Doormat, was published when she was just fifteen-years old. Kelly has also worked as a staff writer for Romper, covering issues important to women and families. She lives in Colorado with her partner and young daughter.