Official Website of the Monger Sisters' Sci-Fi Series
Virginia A. Monger and I, Prescella L. Monger, created and published the first Nia's Sick Sense book back in 2015. The inspiration for the series came from some of our own life experiences growing up in Brooklyn, New York. We decided to create a mini young adult sci-fi book series infused with folktale and pop culture while tapping into today's issues revolving around The Me-Too Movement.
The book centers around Nia Kpelle, a teenage girl, who is just starting her freshmen year of high school. Mirroring after our own upbringing, Nia is from Brooklyn, New York with family roots in Liberia, Africa. She develops the sense of foresight tapping into the thoughts and recollections of young women who have been abused. The reason why we called it “sick sense” is because she can feel the emotional pain they go through, and it leaves her feeling physically ill and mentally drained from it all.
We believe that readers will enjoy our story because Nia is someone they could identify with, as well as, relate to her struggles and those of the people around her. Virginia and I also felt that it was important to write a story that would encourage young black girls to love themselves, embrace their heritage, and value sisterhood and true friendship while feeling empowered and beautiful, and not fearing their sexuality but embracing it.
During the process of creating Nia’s Sick Sense, we were fortunate to work with three amazing young black female artists which also allowed us to shine a light on other talented black women in the arts. Ashley Alcime, from Brooklyn, illustrated the first book. Chelsey L. Thomas, from Atlanta, illustrated the second book. Hollinda Tudor, from New Jersey, illustrated the third book. Each young lady brought their own artistic flavor to Nia’s Sick Sense, and it was truly an incredible experience working with each of them as they helped us to bring our books to life through their captivating illustrations. The books were also edited by two talented women: Margaret Diehl (Book 1 & Book 3) and Natasha Handy-Green (Book 2).
Nia's Sick Sense is a part of Kpelle Tales™, a compilation of stories about our main character and shero, Nia Kpelle.
My loving sister and creative half, Virginia, passed away in August 2020 at age 35, but her story will live on forever and continue to inspire others to live their lives to the fullest and chase after their dreams.
The Emergence of Kanti
Nia Kpelle is a timid, self-conscious teenage girl who has just started her freshman year at Adam A. Korrupt High School. Nia is on the brink of self-discovery as she begins to develop the gift of foresight, tapping into the thoughts and recollections of young women who have been abused. The gift becomes a curse, often leaving her worn down from the reality of it all. Nia soon realizes that the source of her power is derived from her own past...
Nia Kpelle is now coming into her own as the visions of Racquel's encounter are becoming clearer and more vivid. Korrupt H.S is in full Halloween mode with Nia, Nye, and Rasheeda and her new boyfriend, Casper. Nye may not be the ‘Prince Charming’ Nia thought he was and may turn out to be a true 'Korrupt Knight' quarterback...
Dark Like Coffee
In this third book of Nia’s Sick Sense, all questions are answered and truths revealed. We learn the identity of the Stuy-High attacker and the reason for his assaults. Nia searches for her older sister, Coffee, after receiving a premonition of her in danger. She soon comes to find out a dark secret about Coffee-who was estranged from the family for years, which forces her to come to terms with her own issues...
IN THE PRESS
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