Last year, Natalie McGriff won $16K at a crowdfunding festival and used it to produce a comic—co-written with her mother, Angie Nixon—about a Black girl with superpowers derived from her multi-colored Afro puffs. Even more impressive? She accomplished this at the tender age of 7.
The now-8-year-old McGriff continues her winning streak with the just-released second book in her "The Adventures of Moxie McGriff" series, "Moxie McGriff Saves the Libraries: Part Two." According to a statement emailed to Colorlines, the new book features the hero "us[ing] her newly acquired superpowers in her hair to try and save the Jacksonville Public Libraries from being eaten by monsters attempting to make the students not so smart."
McGriff and Nixon released the book during a Saturday (March 5) event at Jacksonville’s Dallas Graham Branch Library, where McGriff donated copies of both books to the library system and young fans in attendance. The duo wrote the series in response to McGriff’s self-esteem issues surrounding her hair. McGriff’s journey was featured in an Allstate Insurance Black History Month video.
You can buy both books, and some cool Moxie McGriff jewelery, via the book’s website.