The Louisiana Girls Trilogy from Jewell Parker Rhodes

Three books by Jewell Parker Rhodes

The Louisiana Girls trilogy from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes brings together three heroic girls from across history. These coming of age books tell the stories of Lanesha, Sugar, and Maddy, each living in Louisiana during a time of crisis, and each finding bravery within themselves in the face of overwhelming adversity. Steeped in the folklore tradition of the American deep south, this trilogy celebrates the power of friendship and family and demonstrates how anyone with enough strength in their heart can change the lives of those around them. All three Louisiana Girls books are now available in paperback.

Bayou MagicBayou Magic

It’s Maddy’s turn to have a bayou summer. At first she misses life back home in the city, but soon she grows to love everything about her new surroundings—the glimmering fireflies, the glorious landscape, and something else, deep within the water, that only Maddy sees. Could it be a mermaid? A coming-of-age tale rich with folk magic, set in the wake of the Gulf oil spill, Bayou Magic celebrates hope, friendship, and family, and captures the wonder of life in the Deep South.


Slavery is over, but ten-year-old Sugar doesn’t feel very free laboring in the fields all day. When Chinese workers are brought in to help harvest the cane, the older River Road folks feel threatened, but Sugar is fascinated. As she befriends young Beau and elder Master Liu, they introduce her to the traditions of their culture, and she, in turn, shares the ways of plantation life. Sugar soon realizes that she must be the one to bridge the cultural gap and bring the community together. Here is a story of unlikely friendships and how they can change our lives forever.

Ninth WardNinth Ward

Twelve-year-old Lanesha lives in a tight-knit community in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward. She doesn’t have a fancy house like her uptown family or lots of friends like other kids on her street. But what she does have is Mama Ya-Ya, her fiercely loving caretaker, wise in the ways of the world and able to predict the future. So when Mama Ya-Ya’s visions show a powerful hurricane–Katrina–fast approaching, it’s up to Lanesha to call upon the hope and strength Mama Ya-Ya has given her to help them both survive the storm. Ninth Ward is a celebration of resilience, love, family, and friendship, and a deeply emotional story of transformation.

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Hilarious New Novel From Award-winning Playwright David Lamb

David Lamb

What’s worth fighting for the heart or the wallet?

Platanos Y Collard GreensFrom the Creator of Platanos Y Collard Greens, David Lamb’s Amazing New Novel About the Price of Fame

David Lamb is a New York Times celebrated playwright. Lamb has been hailed by the Amsterdam News as “naturally funny and brilliant,” and his work has enchanted theater audiences across the country for more than ten years. He is praised for reviving Black off-Broadway theater. Now David is unleashing his new novel that, just like his plays, is guaranteed to make readers laugh, think, and cheer for the power of love.

On Top Of The World (Until The Bell Chimes)
Winner Pacific Book Awards as 2016’s Best Fiction

On Top of The WorldWhat’s a girl to do when the nerdy guy she fell for in college becomes music’s biggest superstar and biggest jerk? Give him a second chance or walk away and start over?

Get ready for a fast and fun spin on Dickens that combines laughs and love in a story re-imagined for our digital age. This version of Scrooge and Belle is familiar, yet unlike any you’ve come across before. Scrooge, or rather Scrooje, is a native son of Harlem and music’s biggest star, with one hundred million albums sold and twenty-five million fanatical Twitter followers known as Scroojites. Belle, is a legal shark whose flawless chocolate complexion and stunning figure causes traffic accidents as she stylishly zips through the sidewalks of Manhattan.

Together, with his best friends Marley (the hyper-talented music producer) and Cratchit (the hottest comic in the country) they rise to the top. Belle becomes the brains behind the scenes and Scrooje becomes the sexy superstar, until he betrays Belle’s most intimate trust and she leaves him.

Then at Hollywood’s biggest event, Scrooje will take the journey of a lifetime to heal his feelings of being unworthy of love, find a way to melt the ice that’s turned his heart cold, and hope for a chance to make things right.

But will Belle even give him the time of day?

Written by award-winning playwright David Lamb, creator of the hit stage-play Platanos Y Collard Greens, On Top Of The World will leave you laughing out loud and cheering for these two lovers to get together.

On Top Of The World (Until the Bell Chimes) published by Woolly Mammoth, Octo‌ber 2‌0, 20‌16

“Dynamic novel about the price of fame packed with so many laughs and so much heart I couldn’t put it down!” —Talib Kweli

“Highly Entertaining! Incredibly fun!” —RT Book Reviews

“Perfectly combines humor and romance in a satire about race, class and celebrity worship that readers will love!” —Hollywood Book Reviews

“Fun and Entertaining story of fighting for love against all odds.” —Essence, best-selling author Nancey Flowers

The Cartel series is back…and more deadly than ever.

Ashley and JaQuavis Coleman

Ashley & JaQuavis are New York Times bestselling authors of over 30 novels. They are the youngest Black writers to ever debut on the prestigious New York Times list. The duo is responsible for breathing life back into Black fiction and was recognized by Ebony Magazine when they made the POWER 100 list in 2012. The duo has also signed their first movie deal for their bestselling novel, The Cartel.

The Cartel 6: The DemiseThe Cartel 6

Las Vegas. A city built on obscene wealth and corrupt deals, cunning entrepreneurs, and the ruthless mob. The Cartel’s plan to open a casino will rake in cash, but comes with great sacrifice. The stakes have never been this high, and rules of the game have never been this hard to manipulate. And when one dead girl, one scorned wife, and one hole in the desert launch a chain of catastrophic events, The Cartel is sent on a downward spiral as they battle the Arabian mob and fight traitors within their circle. Will the Cartel prevail…or fall victim to the city’s black cloud? And if there’s one rule in the town of Vegas, it’s that when the dust settles, there can only be one winner.

The Cartel 6: The Demise published by St. Martin’s Griffin, July 26, 2016

“An excellent, exciting read for newcomers, longtime Cartel followers, and all urban-lit fans.” —Booklist