From the New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist, a biography in verse and prose of science fiction visionary Octavia Butler, author of Parable of the Sower and Kindred.
Acclaimed novelist Ibi Zoboi illuminates the young life of the visionary storyteller Octavia E. Butler in poems and prose. Born into the Space Race, the Red Scare, and the dawning Civil Rights Movement, Butler experienced an American childhood that shaped her into the groundbreaking science-fiction storyteller whose novels continue to challenge and delight readers fifteen years after her death.
was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and holds an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her YA novel American Street
was a National Book Award finalist and and her debut middle grade novel, My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich
, was a New York Times
bestseller. She is the author of Pride
, a contemporary YA remix of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice,
and editor of the anthology, Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America
. Her most recent bestseller, Punching the Air
, is a YA novel in verse, co-authored by prison reform activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five. Raised in New York City, Ibi now lives in New Jersey with her husband and their three children.
"A fittingly expansive tribute to Butler’s visionary mind and the childhood that sowed it."—Publishers Weekly
"Zoboi pairs elegantly crafted poems with direct, informative prose to create an emotionally charged look at a Black woman who changed the literary landscape, writing in a genre dominated by white authors and white characters. [T]his is a compelling blend of artistry and nonfiction that will likely send readers directly to Butler’s books."—BCCB