Author: Akwaeke Emezi
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Staff Pick: "In Pet, the angels from Emezi’s Bailey’s Prize-nominated first book Freshwaterrecur, but in more immediate form: Pet steps out of Jam’s mother’s painting with no eyes and gold feathers. It’s here to help set wrong a right in Jam’s best friend Redemption’s house, in a city, named for Lucille Clifton, where such wrongs are supposed to have been righted. Jam, who signs and can hear the moods of her house, is a winning narrator destined to inspire generations of young readers to open their hearts and act for justice."