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I'm so delighted to be able to reveal the cover for Ibi Zoboi's young adult debut, American Street, which will be published by Balzer + Bray on February 14, 2017.

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.
But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.
Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?
In her stunning debut, Pushcart- nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immi- grant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture. Unflinching yet filled with joy, American Street is an evocative and powerful coming-of-age story.

Isn't it gorgeous? Below are Ibi's thoughts on her fabulous debut cover:
When I first saw this cover, I gasped. AMERICAN STREET is indeed a colorful, chaotic, yet beautiful profile of one’s girl’s journey. The designers managed to capture the raw emotions in AMERICAN STREET through color. Graffiti encompasses much more than “urban” themes. It’s color thrown on a wall and the resulting chaos is magical. My character throws her heart, her fears, and deepest desires against the many walls that appear in her path. It’s chaotic and beautiful and magical. And there at the center is the golden hibiscus, an important symbol in Haitian culture. The Taino queen Anacaona was one of our very first revolutionaries. Anacaona means “golden flower.”

About Ibi: 

Ibi Zoboi was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and immigrated to the U.S. when she was four years old.
She holds an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she was a recipient of the Norma Fox Mazer Award. Her award-winning and Pushcart-nominated writing has been published in Haiti Noir, the Caribbean Writer, the New York Times Book Review, The Horn Book magazine, and The Rumpus, among other publications. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their three children. American Street is her first novel. Visit the author at

Twitter: @ibizoboi
Instragram:  @ibizoboi
Goodreads:  Here
Somaiya Daud

Somaiya Daud received her BA and MA from a university in DC in English. She is currently working on her PhD. When not writing or studying, she spends too much time on the internet yelling about comics and robots. Her first novel, Mirage, is coming 2017 from Flatiron Books.

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  1. This is STUNNING, and it sounds so perfect for the story!


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Item Reviewed: Cover Reveal: AMERICAN STREET Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Sumayyah