2021 Debut Schedule

This list is in progress and currently incomplete. 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 melanininya@gmail.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 16, 2021

TK

February 23, 2021

Like Home by Louisa Onomé

March 2, 2021

Home Is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo

March 9, 2021

TK

March 16, 2021

TK

March 23, 2021

TK

March 30, 2021

TK

April 6, 2021

TK

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

April 27, 2021

TK

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

May 18, 2021

TK

May 25, 2021

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June 1, 2021

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons

Don’t Hate the Player by Alexis Nedd

June 8, 2021

TK

June 15, 2021

Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury

June 22, 2021

TK

June 29, 2021

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July 6, 2021

TK

July 13, 2021

Jake in the Box by Ryan Douglass

July 20, 2021

TK

July 27, 2021

TK

August 3, 2021

TK

August 10, 2021

TK

August 17, 2021

(Me) Moth by Amber McBride

August 24, 2021

TK

August 31, 2021

TK

September 7, 2021

The Problem with the Other Side by Kwame Ivery

September 14, 2021

Kneel by Candace Buford

September 21, 2021

Daughters of a Dead Empire by Carolyn Tara O’Neil

September 28, 2021

TK

October 5, 2021

TK

October 12, 2021

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October 19, 2021

TK

October 26, 2021

TK

November 2, 2021

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November 9, 2021

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November 16, 2021

TK

November 23, 2021

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November 30, 2021

TK

December 7, 2021

TK

December 14, 2021

TK

December 21, 2021

TK

December 28, 2021

TK

Release Date TBD

Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye

Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis

For All We Know by Shanna Miles