Celebrating Black Creators: Young Adult Books

Dear Black Girl: Letters From Your Sisters on Stepping Into Your Power Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781523092291
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - March 9th, 2021

"Dear Black Girl is the empowering, affirming love letter our girls need in order to thrive in a world that does not always protect, nurture, or celebrate us. This collection of Black women's voices...


Muted Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338673524
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 2nd, 2021

A ripped-from-the-headlines novel of ambition, music, and innocence lost, perfect for fans of Elizabeth Acevedo and Jason Reynolds!

Be bold. Get seen. Be Heard.

For seventeen-year-old Denver, music is everything.


Concrete Rose Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062846716
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 12th, 2021

International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood.


When You Look Like Us Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062945891
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Published: Quill Tree Books - January 5th, 2021

From debut author Pamela Harris comes a timely, gripping teen novel about a boy who must take up the search for his sister when she goes missing from a neighborhood where black girls’ disappearances are too often overlooked. Perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Tiffany D. Jackson.


Happily Ever Afters Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062982834
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 5th, 2021

Jane the Virgin meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before in this charming debut romantic comedy filled with Black Girl Magic. Perfect for fans of Mary H. K. Choi and Nicola Yoon, with crossover appeal for readers of Jasmine Guillory and Talia Hibbert romances.


Chlorine Sky Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593176399
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 12th, 2021

A novel-in-verse about a young girl coming-of-age and stepping out of the shadow of her former best friend. Perfect for readers of Elizabeth Acevedo and Nikki Grimes.

"Mahogany L. Browne's debut YA ia an absolute masterpiece. It will leave you breathless." -Elizabeth Acevedo, New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X


Dear Justyce Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984829665
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2020

An NPR Best Book of the Year * The stunning sequel to the criticically acclaimed,  #1 New York Times bestseller Dear Martin. An incarcerated teen writes letters to his best friend about his experiences in the American juvenile justice system.


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Grown Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062840356
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 15th, 2020

An instant New York Times bestseller! “Grown exposes the underbelly of a tough conversation, providing a searing examination of misogynoir, rape culture, and the vulnerability of young black girls.


The Life I'm In Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338573176
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Published: Scholastic Press - January 5th, 2021

The powerful and long-anticipated companion to The Skin I'm In, Sharon Flake's bestselling modern classic, presents the unflinching story of Char, a young woman trapped in the underworld of human trafficking.

My feet are heavy as stones when I walk up the block wondering why I can't find my old self.


Punching the Air Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062996480
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 1st, 2020

New York Times and USA Today bestseller * Walter Award Winner * Goodreads Finalist for Best Teen Book of the Year * Time Magazine Best Book of the Year * Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year *


Legendborn (The Legendborn Cycle) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534441606
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 15th, 2020

An Instant New York Times Bestseller!
Winner of the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe for New Talent Author Award

Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonn’s YA contemporary fantasy Legendborn offers the dark allure of City of Bones with a modern-day twist on a classic legend and a lot of Southern Black Girl Magic


A Song Below Water: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250315328
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Published: Tor Teen - June 2nd, 2020

Bethany C. Morrow's A Song Below Water is the story for today’s readers — a captivating modern fantasy about Black sirens, friendship, and self-discovery set against the challenges of today's racism and sexism.

In a society determined to keep her under lock and key, Tavia must hide her siren powers.


Cinderella Is Dead Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781547603879
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - July 7th, 2020

"Wholly original and captivating." - Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times bestselling author of A Curse So Dark and Lonely

Girls team up to overthrow the kingdom in this unique and powerful retelling of Cinderella from a stunning new voice that’s perfect for fans of Dhonielle Clayton and Melissa Albert.


You Should See Me in a Crown Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338503265
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Published: Scholastic Press - June 2nd, 2020

A Stonewall Honor Book!

A Reese's Book Club YA Pick!

Liz Lighty has always believed she's too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town.


Angel of Greenwood Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250768476
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - January 12th, 2021

A piercing, unforgettable love story set in Greenwood, Oklahoma, also known as the “Black Wall Street,” and against the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921.


Every Body Looking Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525556206
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2020

A Finalist for the National Book Award


The Black Flamingo Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062990297
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 26th, 2020

Stonewall Book Award Winner!

A fierce coming-of-age verse novel about identity and the power of drag, from acclaimed poet and performer Dean Atta. Perfect for fans of Elizabeth Acevedo, Jason Reynolds, and Kacen Callender.


Early Departures Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062748409
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 22nd, 2020

Justin A. Reynolds, author of Opposite of Always, returns with another charming and powerful YA contemporary novel with a speculative twist, perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon, Becky Albertalli, and Adam Silvera.

What if you could bring your best friend back to life—but only for a short time?


Felix Ever After Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062820266
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 20th, 2021

A Stonewall Honor Book

From Stonewall and Lambda Award–winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time.


Charming as a Verb Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062824141
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 13th, 2020

From the award-winning author of The Field Guide to the North American Teenager comes a whip-smart and layered romantic comedy. Perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon and Jenny Han. 


Piecing Me Together Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781681191072
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - June 5th, 2018

Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner
New York Times bestseller
"Timely and timeless." --Jacqueline Woodson
"Important and deeply moving." --John Green


Acclaimed author Renee Watson offers a powerful story about a girl striving for success in a world that too often seems like it's trying to break her.


One of the Good Ones Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781335145802
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Published: Inkyard Press - January 5th, 2021

A shockingly powerful exploration of the lasting impact of prejudice and the indomitable spirit of sisterhood that will have readers questioning what it truly means to be an ally, from sister-writer duo Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite, authors of Dear Haiti, Love Alaine.

ISN'T BEING HUMAN ENOUGH?


Not So Pure and Simple Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062349200
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Published: Quill Tree Books - October 27th, 2020

"Hysterical. I couldn’t put it down.” (Nic Stone) "I laughed, I gasped, I church grunted through every chapter." (Tiffany D. Jackson) "Heartfelt and hilarious on every page!" (Justin A. Reynolds)

4 starred reviews! * An Indie Next List Pick!


Opposite of Always Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062748386
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - April 7th, 2020

“One of the best love stories I’ve ever read.” —Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give


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The Poet X Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062662811
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Published: Quill Tree Books - April 7th, 2020

Winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, and the Pura Belpré Award!


Let Me Hear a Rhyme Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062840332
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 19th, 2020

In this striking new novel by the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly and Monday’s Not Coming, Tiffany D. Jackson tells the story of three Brooklyn teens who plot to turn their murdered friend into a major rap star by pretending he's still alive.


Dear Haiti, Love Alaine Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781335910028
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Published: Inkyard Press - December 1st, 2020

"I couldn't put Dear Haiti, Love Alaine down " --New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory

"An enchanting and engrossing novel full of wit and laughter." --Edwidge Danticat, author of Breath, Eyes, Memory

"Remarkable, funny, and whip-smart." --Ibi Zoboi, author of American Street, National Book Award finalist


Full Disclosure Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984829986
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Published: Ember - December 1st, 2020

"An unflinchingly honest, eye-opening, heartful story that's sure to keep readers talking." --Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give and On the Come Up


Long Way Down Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481438261
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 2nd, 2019

“An intense snapshot of the chain reaction caused by pulling a trigger.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Astonishing.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A tour de force.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)


A Newbery Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
A Printz Honor Book

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Monday's Not Coming Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780062422682
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - April 23rd, 2019

"Jackson’s characters and their heart-wrenching story linger long after the final page, urging readers to advocate for those who are disenfranchised and forgotten by society and the system." (Publishers Weekly, "An Anti-Racist Children's and YA Reading List")


Monster Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780064407311
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Published: Amistad - March 5th, 2019

This New York Times bestselling novel from acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers tells the story of Steve Harmon, a teenage boy in juvenile detention and on trial. Presented as a screenplay of Steve's own imagination, and peppered with journal entries, the book shows how one single decision can change our whole lives. 


Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781629798813
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Published: Wordsong - October 8th, 2019

A Michael L. Printz Honor Book
A Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book
A Boston Globe/Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book
Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for Teens

Six Starred Reviews -- ★Booklist ★BCCB ★The Horn Book ★Publishers Weekly ★School Library Connection ★Shelf Awareness


The First Part Last Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781442403437
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2010

This little thing with the perfect face and hands doing nothing but counting on me. And me wanting nothing else but to run crying into my own mom's room and have her do the whole thing.
It's not going to happen....

Bobby is your classic urban teenaged boy -- impulsive, eager, restless.


War Girls Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451481696
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Published: Razorbill - September 8th, 2020

Two sisters are torn apart by war and must fight their way back to each other in a futuristic, Black Panther-inspired Nigeria.

The year is 2172. Climate change and nuclear disasters have rendered much of earth unlivable. Only the lucky ones have escaped to space colonies in the sky.


Edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, and featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing for teens today—Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America. A selection of the Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List.


The Stars and the Blackness Between Them Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525555490
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Published: Penguin Books - June 23rd, 2020

A Coretta Scott King Honor Book

Told in two distinct and irresistible voices, Junauda Petrus's bold and lyrical debut is the story of two black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both.


Black Panther: World of Wakanda Cover Image
By Ta-Nehisi Coates (Text by), Roxane Gay (Text by), Yona Harvey (Text by), Alitha Martinez (Illustrator), Afua Richardson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781302906504
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Published: Marvel - June 27th, 2017

The world building of Wakanda continues in a love story where tenderness is matched only by brutality! You know them now as the Midnight Angels, but in this story they are just Ayo and Aneka, young women recruited to become Dora Milaje, an elite task force trained to protect the crown of Wakanda at all costs. Their first assignment will be to protect Queen Shuri...


Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1: BFF Cover Image
By Amy Reeder (Text by), Brandon Montclare (Text by), Natacha Bustos (Illustrator)
$17.99
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ISBN: 9781302900052
Published: Marvel - July 5th, 2016

LUNELLA LAFAYETTE is a preteen super genius who wants to change the world-but learned the hard way that it takes MORE than just big brains. Fearful of the monstrous INHUMAN genes inside her, life is turned upside down when a savage, red-scaled tyrant is teleported from prehistoric past to a far-flung future we call TODAY.


Dread Nation Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780062570611
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 4th, 2019

New York Times bestseller; 6 starred reviews!

At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justina Ireland's stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar—a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet.


Pet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593175446
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2021

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • STONEWALL BOOK AWARD WINNER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by The New York Times • Time • Buzzfeed • NPRNew York Public Library • Publishers Weekly • School Library Journal


Let Me Hear a Rhyme Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062840332
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 19th, 2020

In this striking new novel by the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly and Monday’s Not Coming, Tiffany D. Jackson tells the story of three Brooklyn teens who plot to turn their murdered friend into a major rap star by pretending he's still alive.


All American Boys Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481463348
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book, and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature.


Long Way Down Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481438261
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 2nd, 2019

“An intense snapshot of the chain reaction caused by pulling a trigger.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Astonishing.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A tour de force.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)


A Newbery Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
A Printz Honor Book

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The Field Guide to the North American Teenager Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062824127
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 7th, 2020

William C. Morris YA Debut Award Winner!