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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Tomi Adeyemi  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;


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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 is the #1 New York Times-bestselling Nigerian-American author of Children of Blood and Bone. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship to study West African mythology, religion, and culture in Salvador, Brazil. When she’s not working on her novels, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing on her website. She now resides in San Diego, California.


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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Selected Titles At Your Library

Children of blood and bone /
ISBN: 1250170974. OCLC Number: 990287971

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Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.

ISBN: 1250170990. OCLC Number: 1030485153

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After Zélie and Amari bring magic back to the land of Orïsha, the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, forcing Zélie to fight to secure Amari's right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy's wrath.