Skip to Content Skip to Menu. Told in alternating voices, this is the compelling and nuanced story of two Springfield High School students: Rashad, a black year-old ROTC member and aspiring artist, and Quinn, a white senior and varsity basketball player, and what happens when an off-duty officer and family friend of Quinn viciously assaults Rashad at a corner store after wrongly assuming he was stealing a bag of chips. Mary B. Addison killed a baby. She didn't say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: a white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter.
BCLS: Great Books for Teens by African-American Authors
Not only does she have to struggle with keeping the true identity of her family a secret and fit in with her new friends, but she also has to keep it cool in front of the boy she likes. Talk about pressure! What it's about: In s Savannah, Georgia, Essie is torn between the life she has and the life she wants — the life of a noble woman. When the richest woman in Savannah offers Essie her dreams on a platter, she has to decide whether what she wants is worth risking who she is. What it's about: This anthology highlights brilliantly talented black YA voices, covering the thoughts, experiences, and daily struggles of black teens in the US. What it's about: Norris Kaplan is a black, French Canadian teenager who has been uprooted from his home after moving to Austin, Texas with his mother. Norris is cynical and snarky and has trouble navigating his new environment, which leads to him applying labels to everyone he meets — until a few people he was quick to label become his friends.
23 Phenomenal Young Adult Books By Black Authors From The First Half Of 2020
Jaime Adoff. In this book in verse, 12 year old Keith leaves Brooklyn after his dad's death and has to deal with racism with the music of Jimi Hendrix. Coe Booth. Tyrell doesn't want to end up like his dad in prison. But how else is he going to get some money to impress the girls when he lives in homeless shelter?
Growing up, I read excellent young adult fiction, mostly by white authors. Lately, however, there has been a surge of Black, Asian, and Latino young adult authors writing books with protagonists of color and the issues they face. This is far from an exhaustive list.