Will Do Magic for Small Change by Andrea Hairston

Cinnamon Jones dreams of stepping on stage and acting her heart out like her famous grandparents, Redwood and Wildfire. But at 5’10” and 180 pounds, she’s theatrically challenged. Her family life is a tangle of mystery and deadly secrets, and nobody is telling Cinnamon the whole truth. Before her older brother died he gave Cinnamon “The Chronicles of the Great Wanderer,” a tale of a Dahomean warrior woman and an alien from another dimension who perform in Paris and at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. The Chronicles may be magic or alien science, but the story is definitely connected to Cinnamon’s family secrets. When an act of violence wounds her family, Cinnamon and her theater squad determine to solve the mysteries and bring her worlds together.

Representation Includes

  • Black, bisexual teenage girl with polyamorous romance subplot


  • Nominated for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, Lambda Literary Award
  • Included on the Otherwise Honor List


Where to Find


  • Published May 1st 2016 by Aqueduct
  • Paperback (ISBN13: 9781619761018)

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