Maya and the Rising Dark


Product Details

Clarion Books
Publish Date
5.12 X 7.56 X 0.94 inches | 0.53 pounds

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About the Author

Rena Barron is the author of Maya and the Rising Dark and Kingdom of Souls. She grew up in small-town Alabama, where stories of magic and adventure sparked her imagination. When she's not writing, she can be found running along Lake Michigan or brushing up on her French. She lives in Chicago, Illinois., Twitter: @renathedreamer.


★ "Astonishing series of subsequent revelations leaves readers agog, eager to know how Maya and her pals will use their powers to heal the veil and save their mostly black and brown neighborhood. A truly #BlackGirlMagic, cloudy-day, curl-up kind of book." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

★ "The vivid world-building, quick pace, high stakes, and steady stream of legendary African creatures keep readers engaged and invested in the tweens' predicament. Mixing in hard choices, believable emotions, tough lessons, and mistakes made with the best of intentions, Barron has created a must-read tale." -- School Library Journal (starred review)

"This opening installment of what will be a much-anticipated series is fast-paced and adventurous, offering a fresh blend of culture, community, and folklore rooted broadly in the African diaspora." -- ALA Booklist

"A fresh new fantasy adventure with epic stakes and a fierce heroine at its heart. This book will keep you turning pages well into the night!" -- Marcy-Kate Connolly New York Times bestselling author of the Monstrous and Shadow Weaver series

"Fantastically fun and full of characters I adore. I can't wait for Maya's next adventure!" -- Stephanie Burgis, author of The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart and Kat, Incorrigible

"Maya is the kind of hero the whole world needs. If you're dwelling into the dark you couldn't ask for a better protector (or a better read)!" -- Lamar Giles, author of The Last Last-Day-of-Summer

"In this unputdownable fantasy adventure, the clever, brave, and witty Maya takes a worthy place among the hall of fantasy heroes as she battles against drooling werehyenas, shapeshifting demons, and one seriously creepy Lord of Shadows. An irresistible ode to the power friendship, family, and community can have in the fight against the forces of evil." -- Anne Ursu, author of The Real Boy and The Cronus Chronicles series