The Black God's Drums
The Black God's Drums

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Annotation: In an alternate New Orleans caught in the Civil War, a girl named Creeper yearns to escape the streets by earning a spot on an airship. But Creeper has a dangerous secret: Oya, the African orisha of wind and storms, speaks inside her head.
Catalog Number: #182057
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 111 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-250-29471-1 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-4393-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-250-29471-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-4393-8
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017279877
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
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Making his debut, Clark creates a riveting world, taking his readers to the neutral city of New Orleans in 1871. The American Civil War, fought with steampunk ships and weapons, ended with an armistice, with no big tussles between the Confederates and the Union in the ensuing 15 years. Creeper, the protagonist, is not big on schooling but knows enough to get by on the streets of New Orleans. She knows who to avoid, who to steal from, and who to sell information to. She also receives messages from Oya, the African orisha of wind and storms, and knows there's danger afoot when she overhears Confederate soldiers discussing a weapon called the black god's drums. What she learns from Captain Ann-Marie when she trades that information worries her even more. The weapon is tied directly to various orishas and is virtually uncontrollable when unleashed. With the captain's help, she must discover what different parties intend to do with the weapon and how to prevent its devastating effects from being unleashed. A must-read for alternate history fans. For more Afrofuturist titles, see page 52.
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Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 7-12

Rising science fiction and fantasy star P. Djèlí Clark brings an alternate New Orleans of orisha, airships, and adventure to life in his immersive debut novella The Black God's Drums . Alex Award Winner! In an alternate New Orleans caught in the tangle of the American Civil War, the wall-scaling girl named Creeper yearns to escape the streets for the air--in particular, by earning a spot on-board the airship Midnight Robber . Creeper plans to earn Captain Ann-Marie's trust with information she discovers about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God's Drums. But Creeper also has a secret herself: Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, speaks inside her head, and may have her own ulterior motivations. Soon, Creeper, Oya, and the crew of the Midnight Robber are pulled into a perilous mission aimed to stop the Black God's Drums from being unleashed and wiping out the entirety of New Orleans. "A sinewy mosaic of Haitian sky pirates, wily street urchins, and orisha magic. Beguiling and bombastic!"-- New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld

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