My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A very readable and compelling biography of Octavia Butler told in prose and poetry. Written for middle-grade readers, it focuses on the author’s childhood and the historical forces that shaped her writing. My one criticism would be that I wish Zoboi had spent at least a little time giving an overview of Butler’s work — I think the book is likely to be read by people who are already somewhat familiar with Butler, but because it is written for young people, it’s also possible to be a first introduction. And I would have appreciated the refresher on her body of work, too.
Loved the little “extras” like lists and letters written in Butler’s handwriting and photos. She was such a treasure.
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