BOYD, NATASHAINDIGO GIRL Blackstone Publishing 2018 1538552922 / 9781538552926 PAPERBACK . Blackstone Publishing 8/28/2018. New paperback. Store pick: Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd is a lively historical novel about Eliza Lucas Pinckney, a 16-year-old girl left in charge of her absent father's three South Carolina plantations in 1739 and who became the first person to produce commercial-grade indigo in the American colonies. South Carolinians and fans of historical fiction will enjoy this peek into Colonial life. The novel also works as a YA crossover and should be of interest to SC history teachers. -Jill Hendrix, store owner Signed by author.
STONE, NICDEAR MARTIN Ember 2018 1101939524 / 9781101939529 PAPERBACK . Ember 9/4/2018. New paperback. 2019/20 SC Young Adult Award Nominee. Store pick: After Justyce, an African American teen on the path to an Ivy League education, encounters racial profiling for the first time, he starts writing letters to Martin Luther King, Jr., to help him figure out what he should do. But now that his eyes have been opened and he sees the racial injustice happening everywhere from his predominantly white private school to the local police to the media, he can't help but feel like maybe Martin doesn't have the answers, especially after tragedy hits close to home. A fast read, this book doesn't hesitate to pull punches, but you won't want to put it down until you're done, when you realize that the story isn't really over. Fans of The Hate U Give won't want to miss this one. -Melissa O., store employee