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- 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!
- 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
- School Library Journal: AND WE RISE by Erica Martin
Best Of Lists
- Audible: The Best of 2021
- Buzzfeed: The Best Young Adult Books Of 2021
- Tor.com: Best Young Adult Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror of 2021
- 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.
- Epic Reads featured THE UPPER WORLD by Femi Fadugba and BLOOD SCION by Deborah Falaye on their 15 Debut Authors to Look Out for This Year list.
- Natasha Bowen was featured in Publishers Weekly Fall 2021 Flying Starts.
- Seventeen featured ONE TRUE LOVES by Elise Bryant, REQUIRED READING FOR THE DISENFRANCHISED FRESHMAN by Kristen R. Lee, and YOU TRULY ASSUMED by Laila Sabreen on their The 10 Best Young Adult Books Arriving in 2022 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.
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- Namina Forna – December 21, 2021
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- Nikki Grimes – December 16, 2021
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
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