African American & Black

Beasts Made Of Night

Beasts Made Of Night

Author: Tochi Onyebuchi

Description: Beasts Made Of Night is a fantasy novel set in an alternative world. Evil mages in this world are on a quest to mold sin and guilt into magical creatures called sin-beasts. These beast can only be destroyed by aki, young sin-eaters, who take on the weight of the sin. This book follows a male protagonist who is a sin-eater and who is in a battle to save the princess whom he loves. The book draws on Nigerian folklore.

Includes: #ownvoices #africanamerican #black #maleprotagonist #magic #alternativeworlds #fantasy

Citation: Onyebuchi, T. (2017). Beasts made of night. Razorbill.

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Children of Blood and Bone

Children Of Blood And Bone

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Description: Children of Blood And Bone is a fantasy novel set in an alternative world. It follows two female leads and one male lead as they fight to bring magic back to their lands. The novel discusses state-sanctioned violence and slavery. It draws on Nigerian folklore.

Includes: #ownvoices #africanamerican #black #femaleprotagonist #maleprotagonist #slavery #magic #alternativeworlds #fantasy #class

Citation: Adeyemi, T. (2018). Children of blood and bone. Henry Holt Books for Young Readers.

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Crossover

Crossover

Author: Kwame Alexander

Description: The Crossover is a verse novel about family, basketball, growing up, and the consequences of following the rules. This book centers around a male protagonist.

Includes: #ownvoices #africanamerican #black #maleprotagonist #versenovel #sports #contemporary

Citation: Alexander, K. (2014). The Crossover. Houghton Mifflin.

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Dear Martin

Dear Martin

Author: Nic Stone

Description: Dear Martin is a contemporary young adult novel told through conversations and letters written by the main character to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The book deals with issues of police brutality, the conflict between the different parts of one’s identity, and interracial love. The book features an African American male main character.

Includes: #ownvoices #africanamerican #black #maleprotagonist #interraciallove #policebrutality #grief #trauma #contemporary

Citation: Stone, N. (2017). Dear Martin. New York: Crown.

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Dread Nation

Dread Nation

Author: Justina Ireland

Description: Dread Nation is an alternative history of the United States set during the Civil War, in which the corpses of the dead begin to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville. In this world, African American and Native American people are required to attend combat school to learn how to kill the undead. This story follows a female protagonist as she attends one such school and eventually finds herself in a fight for her life against not only zombies, but other powerful enemies as well.

Includes: #ownvoices #africanamerican #black #femaleprotagonist #alternativehistory #zombies #civilwar #biracial #nativeamericans

Citation: Ireland, J. (2018). Dread nation. Blazer + Bray.

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Long+Way+Down

Long Way Down

Author: Jason Reynolds

Description: Long Way Down is a contemporary verse novel told during the span of one elevator ride in which the protagonist has to decide what he is going to do about the death of his brother. The book features an African American male main character.

Includes: #ownvoices #africanamerican #black #maleprotagonist #intergenerationalviolence #grief #trauma #versenovel #contemporary

Citation: Reynolds, J. (2017). Long Way Down. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

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Pride

Pride

Author: Ibi Zoboi

Description: Pride is a contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The story takes place in gentrifying Brooklyn and follows the life of the main character, her four sisters, their family, and the family of the Darcy’s that move into a large house across the street from her.

Includes: #ownvoices #africanamerican #black #afrolatino #latinx #femaleprotagonist #gentrification #contemporary

Citation: Zoboi, I. (2018). Pride. Blazer + Bray.

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The Belles

The Belles

Author: Dhonielle Clayton

Description: The Belles is a fantasy novel set in an alternative world where everyone is born with gray skin, straw-like hair, and red eyes except for an elite group of women who have the power to manipulate bodies, personality, skin color, hair, and a number of other traits. The novel includes royal intrigue, discussions of body politics, and a subtle critique of slavery through the guise of fantasy.

Includes: #ownvoices #africanamerican #black #femaleprotagonist #bodypolitics #beauty #slavery #fantasy #magic #alternativeworlds

Citation: Clayton, D. (2018). The Belles. Disney-Hyperion.

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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Description: The Hate U Give tells the story of a young girl’s experience of what happens in the aftermath of police brutality. This book also deals with the experience of being split between two worlds, that of her neighborhood and Black community, and that of her mostly white private school.

Includes: #ownvoices #africanamerican #black #femaleprotagonist #interraciallove #policebrutality #grief #trauma #gentrification #contemporary

Citation: Thomas, A. (2017). The Hate U Give. New York, NY: Balzer + Bray.

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The Sun Is Also A Star

The Sun Is Also A Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

Description: The Sun Is Also A Star is the story of an undocumented Jamaican girl who is trying to stop her family from being deported and a Korean-American boy trying to figure out his future. The story is told in alternating perspectives, almost all of which happen over the course of one day.

Includes: #ownvoices #africanamerican #black #femaleprotagonist #maleprotagonist #interraciallove #immigration #gentrification #undocumented #jamaican #korean #asianamerican #contemporary

Citation: Yoon, N. (2016). The Sun Is Also A Star. Delacorte Press.

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