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CFVI Announces USVI Center for the Book’s ‘Great Reads from Great Places’ Youth and Adult Selections for 2024

C.M. Rohan

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI), which serves as the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book, U.S. Virgin Islands affiliate, has announced the two books selected for the USVI 2024 “Great Reads from Great Places.”

“CFVI is deeply honored for this opportunity to help celebrate our islands’ unique cultural heritage in our role as the USVI’s Center for the Book,” said Dee Baecher-Brown, CFVI president. “We are delighted to have such meaningful representation of our beloved Virgin Islands for the third year in a row with these two authors and their books.”

“Ziggy on the Rock,” by C.M. Rohan, has been designated as the USVI’s youth Great Read for 2024. The book tells the story of Ziggy, a vibrant, adventurous and kind boy who is growing up in the beautiful U.S. Virgin Islands. The book follows Ziggy and his friends as they explore their island home and embrace their Caribbean culture.

C.M. Rohan was born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She has worn many hats throughout the years. After the birth of her nephew and her daughter, she was unable to find children’s books that were inclusive of life in the Caribbean. At this point, she decided to write children’s books that children of the Caribbean could identify with and feel represented at storytime. With her nephew as her inspiration, she wrote several stories of his adventures on the island.

For more information, visit www.ziggyontherock.com.

Cadwell Turnbull

“The Lesson,” a novel by Cadwell Turnbull, tells the story of an alien ship resting over Water Island. For five years the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands have lived with the Ynaa, a race of super-advanced aliens on a research mission they will not fully disclose. They are benevolent in many ways but meet any act of aggression with disproportional wrath. This has led to a strained relationship between the Ynaa and the local Virgin Islanders and a peace that cannot last. A year after the death of a young boy at the hands of an Ynaa, three families find themselves at the center of the inevitable conflict, witness and victim to events that will touch everyone and teach a terrible lesson.

Turnbull, who grew up on St. Thomas, is an award-winning author. “The Lesson” won the 2020 Neukom Institute Literary Award in the debut category. The novel was also shortlisted for the VCU Cabell Award and longlisted for the Massachusetts Book Award.

For more information, visit www.cadwellturnbull.com.

For more information about the 2024 National Book Festival, visit https://www.loc.gov/events/2024-national-book-festival/

For more information about the Library of Congress Center for the Book, visit www.read.gov/cfb

For more information about the USVI Center for the Book, visit


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