Ship of Souls

Ship of Souls by Zetta Elliott

Set in New York City, Ship of Souls features a cast of three African American teens: D, a math whiz; Hakeem, a Muslim basketball star; and Nyla, a beautiful military brat. A mysterious bird leads D and his friends on a perilous journey that will take them from Brooklyn to the African Burial Ground in lower Manhattan, and into the very realm of the dead. This unique blend of speculative fiction and history explores the quest for belonging and the power of friendship.

8″ x 5.4″ | 132 pages

ISBN: 978-1612182681


“Urban fantasies are nothing rare, but few mesh gritty realism with poetic mysticism so convincingly. By turns sad, joyful, frightening, funny, and inspirational, Elliott’s second novel is a marvel of tone and setting, creating a universe where angry corpses and rock-monsters are every bit as expected as dirty subways and bag ladies. Issues of war, poverty, racism, Islam, and 9/11 do not bog down the telling but instead enrich it. Different readers will take away different messages, all of them powerful—quite an accomplishment for so few pages.”

~Booklist (starred)


Selected as a Booklist Top 10 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Youth Title; finalist for the Phillis Wheatley Book Award.