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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Tomi Adeyemi  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;

Born: 1993

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Illinois Connection

Adeyemi grew up in Homewood Flossmoor and Hinsdale. She graduated from Hinsdale Central High School in 2011.

Biographical and Professional Information

Tomi Adeyemi #1 New York Times and International Best-Selling author of book and upcoming movie Children of Blood and Bone. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she studied West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. She is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach now based in San Diego, California.

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Titles At Your Library


Children of Blood and Bone

  • #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Starred Review, Booklist, 2018
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, 2018
  • Starred Review, Kirkus, 2018
  • Starred Review, VOYA, 2018
  • Finalist, Kirkus Prize, 2018

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