Looking for a good book to read? Every week, ZODML spotlights three great books from our extensive collection to inspire readers to try out books they might not have previously heard of. The selections fall under three major categories – fiction, non-fiction and children and young adult literature – so there’s a book to suit every taste. All of the books selected are available to borrow at our Community Library. Also check out our archives to see which books have been selected in the past.
Fiction: Mission to Kala by Mongo Beti Medza travels to his hometown on vacation, only to be quickly sent off on a “mission” to an upcountry village to retrieve his cousin's wife, who has eloped with a man from another tribe. While in the village, he finds himself a celebrity due to his "high education" and with the help of his cousin, the village sports hero, he quickly immerses himself in its social life. When he returns home, he finds life under his oppressive father unbearable. Non-fiction: Nigerian Vegetables by PO Fayemi Love veggies? Looking to make your diet more healthy? Fayemi lists and describes in this book eighty wild and cultivated plant species and sub-species native to Nigeria and beneficial to humans. Children and Young Adults: Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates When Amos Fortune was only fifteen years old, he was captured by slave traders and sold at auction. Although his freedom had been taken, Amos never lost his dignity and courage. For 45 years, Amos worked as a slave and dreamed of his own freedom, as well as that of his closest friends. And, at age 60, he finally began to see those dreams come true. This biographical novel won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature in 1951. Share your #BooksoftheWeek with us in the comments!