9 Upcoming YA Books By Black Authors

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Young Adult genre hits differently unlike any other. It is more impactful if written by Black authors.

Here’s a must-read list of YA Books to add to your TBR. May the second half of 2020 be in your favor!

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

The book follows the life of Vivek. He is falling into the abyss due to an unnamed difficulty. His world is surrounded by Osita, his cousin, and his family. All was good when one day the mother finds her son wrapped in a piece of fabric at the door.

The Death of Vivek Oji,' by Akwaeke Emezi book review - The ...

Now that I’ve found you by Kristina Forest

Evie’s Hollywood dreams are about to shatter. She has to convince her veteran actress-grandma, Gigi, to make a reappearance to the world with her. When the day comes close, Gigi disappears. Will Evie make a comeback by finding her grandma?

Now That I've Found You by Kristina Forest

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

Ashley’s senior year will be ending soon. Just when she’s waiting for the summer to roll in, riots break in LA. Suddenly, it’s all about black and white in a colorful world.

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe

Henri, a handsome Haitian, can just charm anyone. But not Corrine Troy, his classmate. The usual dog-walking chore brings them together. What starts as a side hustle ends up unique and much more than they asked for.

Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Bree Matthew’s new escape is Chapel Hill, a residential school. One day, she finds out the mysterious society of Legendborn that hunts evil creatures. When her magical powers start to resurface, Bree has to uncover several truths.

Legendborn (Legendborn, #1) by Tracy Deonn

Grown by Tiffany Johnson

Enchanted’s stardom dreams turn futile when she wakes up with blood on her hands. She has no idea how it happened, but only that Korey has a dark side. How will Enchanted get her name clear?

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Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi

The book revolves around three Nigerian women. Life becomes absconded when they finally meet in Lagos after years of separation. Each one has a new past to speak out and an unexpected future to live.

Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi

Memorial by Bryan Washington

Mike and Benson were a happy couple until their past starts to arrive back. Mike says goodbye and goes to know his exact past. Benson and Mike’s mother live as free-spirited roommates. What follows is a story that’s told in the most unique way possible.

Memorial by Bryan Washington

Daughters of Jubilation by Kara Corthron

Evalene, a black girl, suddenly receives magical abilities. Her family tells her that it’s a gift passed down by generations since the Blacks were slaves. What forms the crux of her life is an otherworldly lineage that’s waiting for her.

Daughters of Jubilation

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