Brittney Morris
The Cost of Knowing

The Cost of Knowing

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Slay author Morris delivers a YA novel about learning to open up even when it’s sure to break your heart. Ever since his parents died, Alex Rufus can see the future. The simple act of touching physical objects spurs his visions—and like most superheroes at the beginning of their journey, Alex wants nothing to do with this power—especially because though he’s cursed with knowing the future, he’s powerless to change it. But after seeing a vision of his younger brother in peril, Alex can’t help but to struggle against destiny. This book broke my heart, but moments of true-to-life teen dialogue provide welcome levity as Alex works through grief and seeks the meaning of life as a Black kid in the Chicago suburbs.

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Slay

Slay

At school, Kiera Johnson is an honor roll student, math tutor, and one of the only Black kids in her classes. But in the world she's created for herself, she is one of hundreds of thousands of Black gamers dueling in the online role-playing card game, Slay. Kiera is the game developer, but no one in her "real life" knows about the project, and her identity is a secret online. When Slay is mentioned in relation to the murder of a Kansas City teen, Kiera is distraught. News of the game and its Black-players-only rule reach media outlets, and Kiera's safe haven becomes a point of national discussion. When an anonymous troll enters the game and threatens to sue over discrimination, Kiera is determined to protect herself, her game, and her Blackness in a world that doesn't understand.

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