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The world of young adult literature is full of talented, diverse voices, and I think that it is so important to read diversely. In honor of Black History Month, here are four of my favorite black YA authors!


    Angie Thomas’ two published novels, On The Come Up and The Hate U Give are #1 and #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list right now, and it’s easy to see why. She’s not only an immensely talented author, but she’s also charming, funny, and kind. I highly recommend checking either of her books, as well as the film adaptation of The Hate U Give, out as soon as possible!


    Brandy Colbert writes empathetic and gorgeous novels, and, although I haven’t picked up everything she’s written, I’m a big fan of what I have read. I adored both Pointe and Little & Lion, but her other books and short stories are great as well.


    Dhonielle Clayton’s first solo novel, The Belles, was a lushly written and fascinating look at beauty in a dystopian future. I also adored her novel written with Sona Charaipotra, Tiny Pretty Things, about a competitive Manhattan ballet school. She’s immensely talented, and I highly recommend checking her out.

Annie Rinaldi

Emerson '22

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