The Turn-around Bird
by Lucinda Wingard
A modern African American family is hurled to the “end of the earth”— fourteenth century Timbuktu. It’s a time and place teeming with devious djinn, powerful sorcerers, devout Muslim marabouts and fierce Tuareg generals. Above it all reigns Mansa Kankan Musa, emperor of Africa’s legendary Golden Empire. Will he allow them to return to the twenty-first century with their heads still attached?