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Head of Zeus
Lionheart Girl
Lionheart Girl by Yaba Badoe

African myth and magic beat in the dark heart of this fable about witchcraft, superstition, the bonds we choose and those we cannot.

Born into a family of West African witches, Sheba's terrified of her mother who can turn into a crow. But like mother, like daughter – magic runs through her blood and Sheba discovers powers of her own.

Her touch can unravel people's innermost thoughts; their hopes, their fears – their secrets. Sheba too can shape-shift. Through the communion of ancient magic, blood and friendship, she slowly uncovers the murderous truth about her stolen childhood and steels herself for the future. She must protect the hunted from the hunter – her mother.

Head of Zeus, a Zephyr book * Children’s Fiction
14 Oct 2021 * 320pp * £6.99 * 9781789540871

'Elemental myth and magic are the beating heart of Yaba Badoe's Wolf Light ... Badoe's mesmeric prose is the star turn here ... Fans of magical realism and powerful women will find much to admire' Observer.

'I adore Yaba Badoe's writing; it's astonishingly brilliant and always invokes a visceral reaction. She weaves ancient storytelling magic into her words ... Everyone should read Badoe' Sophie Anderson, author of The House of Chicken Legs.

'For older teenage – and indeed adult – readers, Wolf Light is a challenging and unconventional work of literary fantasy that disrupts expectations ... It sketches out potential pathways for a new children's literature that truly reflects our international and interconnected world' BookTrust.

'A lyrical magic-realist adventure, with powerful messages of feminism and environmentalism'
 The Bookseller
Yaba Badoe
Yaba Badoe
Yaba Badoe is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and writer. Yaba was born in Ghana but now lives in London with her husband. She has been nominated for the Distinguished Woman of African Cinema award. Her children's novel, Branford Boase shortlisted A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars, Wolf Light, and Jhalak Prize longlisted and Edward Stanford Chidlren's Travel Book of the Year shortlisted Lionheart Girl are published by Zephyr. Yaba is a judge for the Jhalak Prize 2023. @yaba_badoe