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


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The Rundown

  • Melanin in YA News
  • Cover Reveals
  • Awards/Honors
  • Buzz – Starred Reviews
  • Best Of Lists
  • General Updates
  • Podcasts
  • January 2022 Book Releases

Melanin in YA News

  • Shoutout LA featured yours truly to discuss Melanin in YA and more.
  • Thank you so much for supporting Melanin in YA in its first year. We have so much in store for 2022, especially Black History Month so stay tuned! If you haven’t joined the Patreon, now would be the time because 2022 is going to be HUGE!

Cover Reveals

  • Dean Atta unveiled the cover for ONLY ON THE WEEKENDS (May 24, 2022)

Illustration: Ego Rodriguez


  • YALSA announced the 2022 Nonfiction Award Finalists which includes BLACK BIRDS IN THE SKY by Brandy Colbert.

Buzz – Starred Reviews

Best Of Lists

General Updates

  • The title for Ayana Gray’s sophomore novel has been announced. BEASTS OF RUIN releases July 26, 2022.
  • Book Riot featured BLACK BIRDS IN THE SKY by Brandy Colbert and REVOLUTION IN OUR TIME by Kekla Magoon among others on their Essential YA Nonfiction list.
  • Zinn Education Project lists BLACK WAS THE INK by Michelle Coles, ANGEL OF GREENWOOD by Randi Pink, and BLACK BIRDS IN THE SKY by Brandy Colbert, REVOLUTION IN OUR TIME by Kekla Magoon and more among teaching materials for People’s History for Young Adults.


January 2022 Book Releases

January 4, 2022

The Chosen Ones by Echo Brown

One True Loves by Elise Bryant

The Kindred by Alechia Dow

January 11, 2022

Vinyl Moon by Mahogany L. Browne

Ashes of Gold by J. Elle

Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds & Jason Griffin

January 18, 2022

Shattered Midnight by Dhonielle Clayton

Akata Woman by Nnedi Okorafor

Game On: 15 Stories of Wins, Losses, and Everything in Between Edited by Laura Silverman

January 25, 2022

The Great Escape by Varian Johnson & Daniel Isles

Augusta Savage: The Shape of a Sculptor’s Life by Marilyn Nelson

Happy reading and Happy New Year!


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