Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents best-selling YA author Roseanne A. Brown's vampire slayer adventure influenced by Ghanaian folklore.
For most kids, catching fireflies is a fun summer activity. For twelve-year-old Serwa Boateng, it's a matter of life and death. That's because Serwa, a Slayer, and knows that some fireflies are really adze, shapeshifting vampires from the forests of Southeastern Ghana.
When an adze infiltrates her school, it’s up to her to whip some of her classmates into fighting shape before they all become firefly food. And when she uncovers a secret that upends everything she thought she knew about her family, Serwa will have to decide which side of herself--normal girl or Slayer--is the right one.
About the Author
Roseanne A. Brown (she/her) is an immigrant from Kumasi, Ghana. She is the author of two middle grade novels in the Serwa Boateng series. She has also published two young adult novels, A Song of Wraiths and Ruin and A Psalm of Storms and Silence, as well as a Black Panther graphic novel, Shuri and T'Challa: Into the Hearthlands. Rosie currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia. Follow her on Twitter @rosiesrambles.
*"This textured, richly mythological story will keep the pages turning as readers are drawn into Serwa's world. A superb, action-packed series starter."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
*"Via Serwa’s savvy narration, Brown melds Ghanian folklore, smart action, thoughtful commentary about liminal spaces, and a healthy dose of tween hijinks, making for an exhilarating introduction to Serwa Boateng’s magic-filled world."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
*"Brown’s middle-grade debut is an action-packed, Ghanaian-influenced contemporary fantasy that explores the bonds of family, friendship, and what happens when you don’t know (or are kept from) your own history."—Booklist (starred review)
"Rosie writes her characters with such lyrical power, wit, and empathy that you can't help falling in love with Serwa Boateng, her family, and her friends."—Rick Riordan, New York Times best-selling author of the Percy Jackson series