Dr. Jamar J. Perry
Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdoms
As the true Descendant, I command to open
The door to Chidani; it shall be broken
Magic awaits those who seek the queen’s peace
And all the suffering you feel will cease
Those who open the histories will hear a sound
What was lost has finally been found.
Cameron Battle grew up reading The Book of Chidani, cherishing stories about the fabled kingdom that cut itself off from the world to save the Igbo people from danger. Passed down over generations, the Book is Cameron’s only connection to his parents who disappeared one fateful night, two years ago.
Publication Date: February 1, 2022
“Perry has written an action-packed fantasy with Igbo and other African mythology. . . . This title is a must-read for fans of Kwame Mbalia's Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky.” ―Booklist
“Perry presents a fantasy adventure full of adventure, loss, bravery, and perseverance.” ―Kirkus Reviews
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Dr. Jamar J. Perry is a debut author who received his PhD in Literacy Education, Language, Culture, and Social Inquiry from the University of Maryland, College Park. Before, he taught middle school Language Arts for four years, where the majority of the students were Black boys. Now, his work centers Black boy vulnerable and progressive masculinity and focuses on training English instructors to teach these students in the middle school and high school classroom. Like Cameron, he hopes that one day all Black boys can understand how magical and joyful they really are, no matter how different they may feel.
Tags: Middle Grade, Fantasy, LGBTQIA+, Speculative Fiction/SFF, BIPOC