Head off on a thrilling adventure where Caribbean folklore meets futuristic fantasy in our June book club title, Zo and the Forest of Secrets by Alake Pilgrim (Knights Of). We’re delighted to bring you this evocative, atmospheric, and layered fantasy adventure book to enjoy in a book club setting – whether with friends, family or your school mates.
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An evocative, atmospheric, and layered fantasy adventure set in the author’s home of Trinidad.
When Zo decides to run away from home, she isn’t scared; she knows the forest like the back of her hand, after all. But, as she journeys through the once-familiar landscape, she encounters terrifying creatures and a warped version of the mythology of the island. With a beast on her heels, and a mysterious abandoned facility at the heart of the forest drawing her in, can Zo unravel the secrets of the forest before she is lost in them forever?
Discover our Q&A video with Alake Pilgrim and hear about what books and reading mean to her. You can also read an extract from the book and download our questions to spark discussions in your own Book Club!
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Alake Pilgrim writes from the uncanny islands of Trinidad & Tobago in the Caribbean, where people are connected to Africa, India, China, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, thanks to the Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship, and an MA in Latin American & Caribbean Studies from New York University.
Her stories have twice won the regional prize for the Americas in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition. They have been published by The Center for Fiction in New York, the Small Axe Journal, and in the groundbreaking international anthology New Daughters of Africa, edited by Margaret Busby (Myriad Editions and HarperCollins). Zo and the Forest of Secrets is her debut children’s novel, and an evocative, atmospheric, and layered fantasy adventure set in the author’s home of Trinidad.
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