Historical Fiction on Africa: Some Recommendations 2/07

For Younger Children

Naidoo, Beverly: Journey to Jo’burg
Price, Leontyne: Aïda
Rappaport, Doreen: The New King
Stanley, Diane: Shaka

For Young Adults

Jansen, Hanna: Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You
Hansen Joyce: The Captive
Kurtz, Jane: The Storyteller’s Beads
Kurtz, Jane: Saba: Under the Hyena’s Foot
Lester, Julius: Time’s Memory
Lester, Julius and Pinkney, Jerry: The Old African
Naidoo, Beverly: Chain of Fire
Naidoo, Beverly: Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope
Naidoo, Beverly: The Other Side of Truth
Ngugi wa Thiong’o in his short story collection Secret Live:s “The Return”
Vaught, Susan: Stormwitch
Wisniewski, David: Sundiata

For High School and Adults

Achebe, Chinua: Things Fall Apart
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi: Half of a Yellow Sun
Conde, Maryse: Segu
Conrad, David C. Sunjata: A West African Epic of the Mande Peoples
Dangarembga, Tsitsi: Nervous Conditions
Fugard, Athol: “Master Harold” and the Boys
Mahfouz, Naguib: Palace Walk
Maraire, J. Nozipo: Zenzele
Niane, D. T.:  Sundiata, An epic of old Mali
Ngugi wa Thiong’o—a series of 3 novels:
Weep Not, Child (the best known of the 3)
The River Between
A Grain of Wheat
Ousmane, Sembene: God’s Bit of Wood
Oyono, Ferdinand: The Old Man and the Medal
Oyono, Ferdinand: Houseboy
Soyinka, Wole: Death and the King’s Horsemen

Barbara B. Brown, Ph.D.

For information about additional resources, please contact:

Barbara B. Brown, Outreach Director
Africa in the School and Community
Boston University
232 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215 (617) 353-7303 or 353-3673