Zakiya’s Enduring Wounds (Roosevelt High School Series)


New installment in series for young adults
examines grief and the contemporary issue of self-harm.

by Gloria L. Velásquez

ISBN:  978-1-55885-943-2
Publication Date:  May 31, 2022
Format:  Trade Paperback
Pages:  161
Imprint: Piñata Books
Ages: 14-18

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Zakiya, a sophomore at Roosevelt High School, has settled into the new school year. She loves her friends, the volleyball team and her dance class. There’s even a cute guy she has her eye on. But her world falls apart when her dad dies unexpectedly. Zakiya had a special relationship with her father and is completely devastated by his death.

After the funeral, her friends and family try to console her, but Zakiya pushes them away. She just wants to be alone. She quits the volleyball team, shuts down the boy she once dreamed of dating and even skips school. When she experiences a frightening episode of anxiety, she discovers that cutting herself helps to relieve the pain. Will she ever learn how to deal with her grief and sense of loss?

Zakiya’s Enduring Wounds is the eleventh novel in Gloria L. Velásquez’s popular Roosevelt High School Series, which features a multiracial group of teenage students who must individually confront social and cultural issues (such as violence, sexuality and prejudice).