I Will Rise

A Review of Tomi Adeyemi's Children of Blood and Bone


  • Alexis Bean L.M. Smith Middle School, Birmingham, AL




Children of Blood and Bone, published in 2018 and a finalist of 2019 John C. Morris Debut YA Award, envelops the reader in fantasy and power, pulling them into the hate-filled life of seventeen-year-old Zelie, relishing her sorrow and pain, while enduring the oppression and persecution of her people. Readers vicariously experience the dreaded Raid in ways that link chains, holding them prisoner to Adeyemi's prose.

Author Biography

  • Alexis Bean, L.M. Smith Middle School, Birmingham, AL

    Born in Valley Center, Kansas, Alexis Bean graduated from Wichita State University in spring 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, Secondary English Language Arts 6-12. She completed her teaching internship in spring 2020 at Wichita Heights High School in USD 259. Alexis is a proud Air Force wife and a mother to a beautiful two-year-old boy. She has two rescue dogs and lives in Birmingham, AL, with her husband. She presented at the 2019 Kansas Association of Teachers of English (KATE) Conference on young adult literature and lesson implementation in the classroom. In fall 2020, Alexis will assume the head teaching position for eighth grade English language arts at L.M. Smith Middle School in Birmingham, AL. She can be reached at atbean@shockers.wichita.edu.






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