This Thing Called the Future

This Thing Called the Future
by J.L. Powers
(Cinco Puntos Press)

In a South African shantytown, 14-year-old Khosi struggles with poverty, disease and oh, there’s a boy at school she has a huge crush on. This Thing Called the Future, the latest from Fulbright scholar J.L. Powers, pulls you right into Khosi’s confusing, magical world, where ancient tradition collides with modern problems. Where the teenage anticipation of a first kiss or going away to college is marred by the deadly threat of AIDS. Powers holds master’s degrees in African History from State University of New York-Albany and Stanford University, won a Fulbright-Hayes to study Zulu in South Africa, and served as a visiting scholar in Stanford’s African Studies Department in 2008 and 2009. Publisher’s Weekly described This Thing Called the Future, an alternative fantasy, as “compelling,” Kirkus called it “compassionate and moving,” and School Library Journal says it is “powerfully gripping” and “eye-opening.”

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