Children’s author Kwame Alexander will launch a new trilogy this fall.

Little, Brown will publish Alexander’s The Door of No Return, the first installment in a three-book series, the publisher announced in a news release.

“Epic in scale while intimate in tone, The Door of No Return invites readers of all ages to experience one of the great novelists of our time,” Little, Brown, said.

The novel follows Kofi, an 11-year-old boy in 1860 Ghana who embarks on an epic journey after his life is forever altered by an incident of violence. Little, Brown calls the novel “the first book in a searing, breathtaking trilogy that tells the story of a boy, a village, and the epic odyssey of an African family.”

Alexander is one of children’s literature’s most celebrated authors. His previous books include The Crossover, a Newbery Medal winner, and The Undefeated, which was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize. His most recent book, a graphic adaptation of his novel Booked, was published earlier this month.

Alexander confirmed news of his forthcoming novel on Instagram, writing, “It’s about a boy. With a crush. Who’s a swimmer. In September of 1860. This is the saga of an African family. And I can’t wait for you and your family to read it.”

The Door of No Return is slated for publication on Sept. 27.

Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.