A (not by any means exhaustive) list of 30 superb young adult novels by black authors featuring black protagonists. Get stacking!
Because representation matters, I found you guys a pretty amazing list of 30 Black Young Adult Novels made by an own voice book blogger Afoma Umesi, I’ll list you down here the three I already read and clearly liked:
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
Thomas explores friendship (between Starr, Maya, Kenya), family ties (between Starr, Carlos, Seven, Pam and Starr’s parents) and the impact of community support (Tim, Lewis, Devante) and those things are my favorite parts of this story. I enjoyed every single moment of this book. Totally gripping, engrossing and un-putdownable!
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Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.
Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.