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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
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WINNER 70,984 votes
If you tuned in to The Tonight Show over the summer, you may have recognized Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone as the first reader-recommended pick for Jimmy Fallon’s book club. This West African-inspired YA fantasy conquered the Best Debut category, beating There There and The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Already optioned for a film, it’s only a matter of time before Adeyemi’s heroine, Zélie, makes her appearance on the big screen.

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
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