Young adult african american writers

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So, yesterday there was a tweet retweeted onto my timeline that asked for best-selling authors of color in YA. That got me thinking. The field of African American young adult writers is already minuscule.

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10 Diverse Books by YA Authors of Color to Read in 2017

Check out these terrific titles for teens written by African-American authors! Includes winners of the Coretta Scott King Award. The Death of Jayson Porter by Jaime Adoff In the Florida projects, sixteen-year-old Jayson struggles with the harsh realities of his life which include an abusive mother, a drug-addicted father, and not fitting in at his predominately white school, and bring him to the brink of suicide. We Could Be Brothers by Derrick Barnes Two eighth-graders from very different backgrounds, Robeson "Crease" Battlefield and Pacino Clapton, discover in afterschool detention that they have a great deal in common.

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List of African-American writers

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.

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But to her it felt deeply personal. Thomas was a college student in Jackson, Miss. She was shocked when some of her white classmates said he had probably deserved it. She responded with a short story about a teenage girl who is drawn to activism after a white officer shoots her childhood best friend.