If you are a Black author with a debut YA novel (this is your first traditionally published young adult novel) and you are missing from this list, please email info@melanininya.com.

Please note that release dates are subject to change.

January 5, 2021

Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant

When You Look Like Us by Pamela Harris

January 12, 2021

Chlorine Sky by Mahogany L. Browne

The Beautiful Struggle (Adapted for Young Adults) by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson

January 19, 2021

Your Corner Dark by Desmond Hall

January 26, 2021

Wings of Ebony by J. Elle

February 2, 2021

Muted by Tami Charles

Yesterday Is History by Kosoko Jackson

February 9, 2021

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

February 23, 2021

Like Home by Louisa Onomé

March 2, 2021

Home Is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo

April 13, 2021

Notes from a Young Black Chef (Adapted for Young Adults) by Kwame Onwuachi

April 20, 2021

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart

May 4, 2021

Hurricane Summer: A Novel by Asha Bromfield

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee

May 11, 2021

Where the Rhythm Takes You by Sarah Dass

June 1, 2021

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons

June 15, 2021

Don’t Hate the Player by Alexis Nedd

Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury

July 13, 2021

The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass

August 17, 2021

(Me) Moth by Amber McBride

August 24, 2021

Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis

September 7, 2021

The Problem with the Other Side by Kwame Ivery

September 14, 2021

Kneel by Candace Buford

September 28, 2021

Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray

For All Time by Shanna Miles

October 5, 2021

Looking For Grace by Pamela Varnado

October 19, 2021

Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

October 26, 2021

Rest Easy by Warona Jolomba 

November 2, 2021

Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

Black Was the Ink by Michelle Coles

December 7, 2021

The Upper World by Femi Fadugba