2014 African American MG & YA Fiction

5 Jan 2015 news 29 Comments

It’s that time of year again! How many Black-authored middle grade and young adult novels were published in the US in 2014? Let’s find out–bearing in mind that YALSA estimates 3000 YA novels are published in the US each year. If I’ve missed any titles, please leave additions in the comments. Thanks to Edith Campbell for keeping a list of diverse titles on her blog. Find our 2015 list here.

th1. Fake ID by Lamar Giles; Amistad
2. Beware of Boys (Charley’s Epic Fiascos) by Kelli London; Kensington

3. The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods; Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin)

4. STAT #5: Most Valuable (Stat: Standing Tall and Talented); Amar’e Stoudemire; Scholastic MG

5. When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds; Atheneum Books for Young Readers

6. Catfish by Nina Foxx; Brown Girl Publishing

7. How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson; Dial Books*

8. Game World by C. J. Farley; Akashic/Black Sheep

9. Willow by Tonya Cherie Hegamin; Candlewick

10. Promise of Shadows by Justine Ireland; Simon and Schuster

11. A Matter of Souls by Denise Lewis Patrick; Carolrhoda Press

12. Pointe by Brandy Colbert; Putnam Juvenile

13. Truth or Dare (Rumor Central #4) by Reshonda Tate Billingsley; Kensington

14. The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson; Arthur A. Levine

th15. Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn; St. Martin’s Griffin

16. Put Your Diamonds Up (Hollywood High) by NiNi Simone and Amir Abrams; K Teen Press

17. Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth; Scholastic MG

18. Knockout Games by Greg Neri; Carolrhoda Books

19. A New Beginning: My Journey with Addy by Denise Lewis Patrick, American Girl MG

20. The Zero Degree Zombie Zone by Patrick Henry Bass and Jerry Craft; Scholastic

21. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson; Nancy Paulsen Books*

22. Dork Diaries 7: Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star by Rachel Renee Russell; Aladdin

23. How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon; Henry Holt and Co.

24. On A Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers; Crown Books for Young Readers

25. The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney; Scholastic Press

26. The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis; Scholastic

27. The Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon G. Flake

28. Love is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson; Arthur A. Levine

29. You’re all I Want For Christmas by Earl Sewell, Candid Ferrer and Deidre Berry; Kimani Tru

th30. Dork Diaries 8: Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After (Dork Diaries) by Rachel Renee Russell; Alladin

31. Better Than Picture Perfect (The Sharp Sisters) by Stephanie Perry Moore; Lerner Group

32. Turn Up for Real (The Sharp Sisters) by Stephanie Perry Moore; Lerner Group

33. Truth and Nothing but (The Sharp Sisters) by Stephanie Perry Moore; Lerner Group

34. Icing on the Cake (The Sharp Sisters) by Stephanie Perry Moore; Lerner Group

35. Make Something of It (The Sharp Sisters) by Stephanie Perry Moore; Lerner Group

36. Caught Up by Amir Abrams; KTeen

37. The Perfect Place by Theresa E. Harris; Clarion Books

38. Lights, Love & Lip Gloss by Amir Abrams and Ni Ni Simone; K-Teen

39. The Contract by Derek Jeter and Paul Mantell; Jeter Publishing

40. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander; HMH Books for Young Readers

41. Feather Bound by Sarah Raughley; Strange Chemistry

42. Boyfriend Shopping by Earl Sewell; Harlequin Kimani TRU

43. Boy Trouble (Rumor Central) by Reshonda Tate Billingsley; K-teen

44. The Sittin’ Up by Sheila P. Moses; Putnam Juvenile

*memoir, not fiction