This Thing Called the Future

This Thing Called the Future

by J.L. Powers


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933693958
Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 844,213
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 16 Years

About the Author

J.L. Powers is the award-winning author of three young adult novels, The Confessional, This Thing Called the Future, and Amina. She is also the editor of two collections of essays and author of a picture book, Colors of the Wind. She works as an editor/publicist for Cinco Puntos Press, and is founder and editor of the online blog, The Pirate Tree: Social Justice and Children's Literature. She teaches creative writing, literature, and composition at Skyline College in California's Bay Area and served as a jurist for the 2014 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature. She launched Catalyst Press in 2017 to publish African writers. She can be found at,, and

What People are Saying About This

Sarah Ellis

“J.L. Powers takes the challenges and sorrows of contemporary South Africa and renders them powerfully immediate in the character of Khosi, a girl negotiating coming of age in her post-apartheid, AIDS-ravaged country. Provocative, unvarnished, loving.” –Sarah Ellis, professor in the Vermont College MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and reviewer for The Horn Book and the New York Times.

Deborah Ellis

"From the first words we are drawn into Khosi's world. A great achievement by J.L. Powers."—Deborah Ellis, author of The Breadwinner Trilogy

From the Publisher

“Through the eyes of a conflicted teenager, Powers (The Confessional) composes a compelling, often harrowing portrait of a struggling country, where old beliefs and rituals still have power, but can’t erase the problems of the present. Readers will be fully invested in Khosi’s efforts to secure a better future.” Publisher’s Weekly, March 21, 2011

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