The Changing Man (Hardcover)
A teenage girl is pulled into investigating the truth behind her new boarding school’s decades-old legend in The Changing Man, this debut Young Adult speculative thriller by Tomi Oyemakinde
Face front. Watch your back. BE BRAVE.
If it was left to her, Ife Adebola wouldn’t be starting at Nithercott School. Because despite her being in the Urban Achievers scholarship program, her parents can barely afford the tuition. No matter who is trying to be friends with her, like her classmate Bijal, or how much the prestigious boarding school tries to pull her in, Ife is determined not to get caught up in any of it.
But when another student, Malika, begins acting strange, Ife can’t help but wonder if there’s more going on at Nithercott than she realizes. Could there be any truth to the school’s decades-old legend of the Changing
Man? Is there any connection to the missing older brother of her classmate, Ben?
As more questions arise, Ife has no choice but to team up with Ben and Bijal to investigate. But can the trio act quickly enough to uncover who is behind everything, before one—or all—of them is the Changing Man’s next victim?
About the Author
Tomi Oyemakinde grew up in London, before being uprooted at the age of 6 to head across the North Sea to the Netherlands. He is committed to crafting stories centered on Black protagonists thriving across genres, audiences & worlds. When Tomi is not busy writing, he can be found daydreaming about his future dog (namely a Rottweiler named Pan) and geeking out over all things anime. The Changing Man is his debut novel.
"In this mind-bending supernatural debut, Oyemakinde uses a dark academic setting to examine themes of loss, loneliness, friendship, and change. Ife’s developing bonds with Bijal and Ben help transform her from a withdrawn introvert into a fierce final girl as she navigates the narrative’s hair-raising horrors." —Publishers Weekly
". . .charmingly fun and heartwarming" —BCCB
"An interesting premise and some imaginative and horrific scenes. . . Ife's developing abilities to manage her anxiety are a highlight." —Booklist
". . .this debut offers highly visually evocative and eerie descriptions of characters and events and will appeal to fans of creature horror, social commentary, and dark academia. A descriptive and atmospheric paranormal social thriller. . ." —Kirkus
"Oyemakinde’s eerie and unsettling debut will have you checking your locks and looking over your shoulder. Get ready to welcome an exciting new voice in the world of horror!" —Caleb Roehrig, author of The Fell of Dark
"You'll be pulled headfirst into Ife's world as she and her friends discover that the Changing Man isn't the only malevolent entity stalking the ivied gardens and darkened halls of Nitercott...and the reality may be way more terrifying than any urban legend. A twisty, atmospheric thriller will leave you peering into dark corners with plenty of goosebumps and the smell of warm, wet pavement lingering in your nose." —Ginny Myers Sain, New York Times-bestselling author of Dark and Shallow Lies
"The Changing Man is clever, atmospheric, and horrifying in all the best ways. Tomi Oyemakinde deftly weaves a compelling story of isolation, fear, and ultimately friendship. This book will stick with you long after you’ve read the explosive final pages. I can’t wait to read more from this brilliant, and terrifying, new voice in YA fiction!" —Kathryn Foxfield, author of Good Girls Die First
"The Changing Man is compulsively readable and utterly thrilling. I devoured it and hugely enjoyed every moment—even when I was genuinely frightened! Tomi Oyemakinde is an exciting new voice in the YA thriller space and sure to be a huge hit with fans of dark academia, thrillers, and horror." —Katherine Webber, author of Twin Crowns