November Part Two 2021 News, Deals, Reveals, & More


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The Rundown

  • Melanin in YA News
  • Book Deals
  • Foreign Rights
  • Awards/Honors
  • Buzz – Starred Reviews
  • Best Of Lists
  • General Updates
  • Podcasts
  • December 2021 Book Releases

Melanin in YA News

Book Deals

  • Maya Ameyaw sold her debut in a two-book deal, WHEN IT ALL SYNCHS UP, coming 2023 from Annick Press.
  • Tracey Baptiste will have a short story in the anthology, MAGIC HAS NO BORDERS edited by Samira Ahmed and Sona Charaipotra, coming 2023 from HarperTeen.
  • In a pre-empt, Nick Brooks got a SEVEN figure deal for his debut thriller, PROMISE BOYS coming 2023 from Henry Holt BYFR.
  • In a pre-empt, Lakita Wilson sold her debut YA in a two-book deal, LAST CHANCE DANCE, coming 2023 from Viking.

Publisher Breakdown 2021 So Far

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Foreign Rights

  • ACE OF SPADES by Faridah Abike-Iyimide sold to Germany and Czech Republic)


Buzz – Starred Reviews

Best Of Lists

  • NPR Best Books 2021: Books We Love
  • Parade From Teenage Love Triangles to Magical Thrillers, Here Are The Best Young Adult Books of 2021
  • Waterstones The Best Books of 2021: Teenage & Young Adult

General Updates

  • Safia Elhillo is featured in the December 2021 issue of Stanford Magazine.
  • J. Elle is hosting a WINGS OF EBONY Re-read Series with Instagram live shows after every handful of chapters. She’ll even bring on a few readers to discuss! That could be you! Be sure to follow her @authorjelle so you don’t miss it!
    • Read Chapters 1-5 by 12/4 with IG Live held Dec 4, 2021 6pm PST/9p EST
    • Read Chapters 6-11 by 12/8 with IG Live held Dec 11, 2021 6pm PST/9p EST
    • Read Chapters 12-17 by 12/16 with IG LIVE held Dec 17, 2021 6pm PST/9p EST
    • Read Chapters 18-29 by 12/24 with NO IG Live this week
    • Read Chapter 30-end by 12/30 with IG LIVE held Dec 30, 2021 6pm PST/9p EST
  • George M. Johnson was featured in Time Magazine and wrote an Opinion Piece for BET.
  • Buzzfeed published Here Are The Books That BookTok Is Highly Anticipating In 2022 which features books by Deborah Falaye, Laila Sabreen, and Julian Winters.
  • Epic Reads announced the Semi-Finals Round for the 2021 Book Shimmy Awards. The semi-finals include:
    • WINGS OF EBONY by J. Elle for “Best of Shelf”
    • THIS POISON HEART by Kalynn Bayron for “Cover Lust”
    • WINGS OF EBONY, THIS POISON HEART, THE GILDED ONES by Namina Forna, and ACE OF SPADES by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé for “Mirrors and Windows”
    • BEASTS OF PREY by Ayana Gray for “Reality Bites”
    • HAPPILY EVER AFTERS by Elise Bryant for “Hot Under the Covers”
    • WHITE SMOKE by Tiffany D. Jackson for “Mental Health Matters”
    • WITCHES STEEPED IN GOLD by Ciannon Smart for “Under the Radar”
    • A PSALM OF STORMS AND SILNCE by Roseanne A. Brown, BLACKOUT by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon for “Forever Fam”
    • WITHIN THESE WICKED WALLS by Lauren Blackwood for “Retelling”
    • SO MANY BEGINNINGS: A LITTLE WOMEN REMIX by Bethany C. Morrow for “Blast from the Past”
    • WITHIN THESE WICKED WALLS, ACES OF SPADES, FOR ALL TIME by Shanna Miles, REDEMPTOR by Jordan Ifueko for “Audio On”
    • ASHES OF GOLD by J. Elle and BLOODMARKED by Tracy Deonn for “Most Anticipated”
    • Angie Thomas for “Page Master”
  • The final round is here for the 2021 Goodreads Choice Awards. Voting ends December 5th. Winners are set to be announced December 9th. Finalists include:
    • Best Poetry: HOME IS NOT A COUNTRY by Safia Elhillo, ME (MOTH) by Amber McBride
    • Best Debut Novel: THE GILDED ONES by Namina Forna
    • Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction: THE GILDED ONES by Namina Forna
    • Best Young Adult Fiction: ACE OF SPADES by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, CONCRETE ROSE by Angie Thomas, INSTRUCTIONS FOR DANCING by Nicola Yoon
  • Riveted Teen is offering 5 Black YA books in their 25 Reads of December, in which you have 24 hour access on a designated day to read the featured book of the day.
    • 12/2: The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley
    • 12/9: Your Corner Dark by Desmond Hall
    • 12/13: Wings of Ebony by J. Elle
    • 12/17: The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris
    • 12/24: For All Time by Shanna Miles
    • See the full list here.
    • Pop Sugar shared December’s Best YA Books which feature THE UPPER WORLD by Femi Fadugba and FOOLS IN LOVE edited by Ashley Herring Blake and Rebecca Podos.
  • Uncle Bobbies Bookstore is celebrating 4 years in business. Congratulations!!!!
  • We Need Diverse Books announced the Black Creatives Fund Mentors for 2022 which include Patrice Lawrence for YA Mentorship.


December 2021 Book Releases

December 7, 2021

Fools in Love Edited by Ashley Herring Blake & Rebecca Podos

The Upper World by Femi Fadugba

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