Skip navigation! Kathleen Newman-Bremang. Angie Thomas. Nicola Yoon. Tomi Adeyemi. These authors — all Black women — have dominated YA bestseller lists and changed the face of a genre that seemed to exclude the stories of Black teen girls for too long.
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So, in honor of Black History Month, we want to take a look at some of the books that have been influential in this wave of representation and encourage you to read your way through the month! Start this year off strong by reading these Black History Month books—and yeah, you can thank us later! Our 1 recommendation for Black History Month is already a classic. 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.
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. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? There wasn't a point to setting the record straight before, but now she's got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary's fate now lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma.