Kid Vega and the Sorcerer of Mali
Harry Potter Meets Hip-Hop!
An epic middle-grade novel with a message so powerful that it will truly resonate with any human who dares to read it no matter the age!
Finally a fun filled action packed novel written with African American children as the heroes by African American author
A New Kind Of Hero Will Rise
"If you are looking for a good book for maybe a 12 to 15 year old that is relevant, diverse and exciting, I would definitely recommend this.
For twelve-year-old Ayden Arcturus, heir to a billion-dollar rap music empire, life is already magical. He and his family travel the world in private jets and super yachts, revealing secrets of Earth's untold history.
When Ayden stumbles upon a powerful diamond pendant in Africa, his charmed life quickly spirals out of control. The pendant reveals dimensions, filled with legendary creatures convinced that Ayden is a powerful sorcerer. When forces of evil discover Ayden has the pendant, they conspire to kidnap his family, steal the pendant, and bring an ancient evil Sorcerer King back to life.
Now, with the help of newfound friends, Aniyah and Three-J, Ayden must learn of the power behind the pendant, the truth about magic, and team up with powerful fairies, warrior trolls, formidable bodyguards, and his uniquely destined family to defeat the Sorcerer King and prevent a war between realms.
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About the book
Kid Vega and The Sorcerer of Mali is a full-length middle-grade novel that is a non-stop thrilling read from beginning to the end!
The book is written in a family friendly manner but parents please note there are PG depictions of adults using firearms and other weaponry in defense of and against fictional characters and fantasy creatures.
Historical references are based on research but liberties have been taken and fictionalization added for the story and to spark ideas, thoughts, and discussion of the possible.
Teachers and librarians this book has been cataloged with the Library of Congress and published with a CIP data block.
E-Books will be available, but please consider joining us in supporting getting real physical books into readers hands. We strongly believe a novel, in physical form, in a reader's hands, can be a catalyst and a spark for life long reading.
About the Author
As an African American father I've always found it concerning that my children, (especially my boys), had a difficult time finding books with fantastical stories and plots that they could relate to or even heroic characters that looked like them.
Sure there was no shortage of books paying homage to the profound history of great African Americans or books of self affirmation for children of the African Diaspora. But where was the full-length middle-grade novel, the fun-filled "Harry Potter" or "Percy Jackson" book with children of color as the primary protagonist and heroes?
Well, like the late great author and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison said:
"If there is a book that you want to read but it hasn't been written, yet, then you must write it."
And so I wrote, and this is what came of it.
"Kid Vega and the Sorcerer of Mali" is an epic tale of young man who hails from a famous African American hip-hop family who must learn the secrets of a great power and undertake a breathtaking journey to defeat a historical evil African Sorcerer King.
More than just "a book" this novel represents the birth of a new universe so unique that it could change how superheroes are seen in all sorts of media and stories.
I've written this story in a book format first so that children of color (especially boys), who are often marginalized or misrepresented in all sorts of media, at the most critical and formative time of their life, can have an exciting middle-grade novel that both informs and entertains and most importantly encourages them to read.
As a parent I sincerely believe that if children of color are written to with grand stories of escapism, fun, and heroism, especially those in which they can relate, they will be excited to read and as a result become avid readers for life.
I also believe that the more words kids lift off the paper of books and into their minds, the stronger their thinking becomes. And this has a direct impact on who they become and their success in life.
But let there be no mistake, this book, this universe, and this story is for all kids and adults of all ages, who come from all walks of life.
As for the rest of my personal story; I'm a father, a husband to a public school teacher, the son of a loving mother and a PK, a brother to four other public school teachers and one political commentator, a fan of all music especially hip-hop, a sci-fi geek, a history junkie, a quantifiable nerd, a former military reservist, and a hi-tech employee with a lengthy career in the IT industry as a consultant, instructor, and manager, and now an author.