Book: THAT WAY MADNESS LIES: 15 OF SHAKESPEARE’S MOST NOTABLE WORKS REIMAGINED Edited by Dahlia Adler ____________________________________________________________ Release Date: March 16, 2021Publisher: Flatiron BooksISBN-13: 978-1250753861 Numbered Pages: 321Short Stories: There are 15 Short Stories Total, 4 of Which Are Written by Authors in the Melanin in YA Database Design: DevanContinue Reading

Book: MUTED by Tami Charles ____________________________________________________________ Release Date: February 2, 2021Publisher: Scholastic PressISBN-13: 978-1338673524 Position in Bibliography: This is Tami’s second young adult novel. Numbered Pages: 383Chapters: 255, (Chapter Titles, Not Numbered), (Part One: Check In, Part Two: Security, Part Three: Takeoff, Part Four: Landing)Word Count: Approx. 41,000 words JacketContinue Reading

Book: HOME IS NOT A COUNTRY by Safia Elhillo ____________________________________________________________ Release Date: March 2, 2021Publisher: Make Me a WorldISBN-13: 978-0593177051 Position in Bibliography: This is not Safia’s first book though this is Safia’s first traditionally published young adult novel. Numbered Pages: 215 PagesChapters: 135 Chapters, (Chapter Titles, Not Numbered), (Prologue:Continue Reading

Book: CHLORINE SKY by Mahogany L. Browne ____________________________________________________________ Release Date: January 12, 2021Publisher: Crown Books for Young ReadersISBN-13: 978-0593176399 Position in Bibliography: Debut Novel, Standalone Novel Numbered Pages: 178Chapters: 98 (Chapter Titles, Not Numbered)Word Count: Approx. 17,000 words Cover Art: Kgabo “Saint Rose” MametjaJacket Design: Ray Shappell & Torborg DavernInteriorContinue Reading

Subscribe: Want the full newsletter? Subscribe on Substack for $5 a month! Book Deals Alechia Dow sold a deal for her contemporary fantasy novel, SWEET STAKES coming 2023 from Inkyard Press. Lamar Giles sold his untitled speculative-fiction horror novel in an exclusive submission to Scholastic, coming Fall 2022. Jas Hammonds sold a two-bookContinue Reading

Books can shape history makers. As we head into Black History Month, let’s celebrate the authors writing for today’s readers and tomorrow’s future history makers. Let us amplify their voices so that today’s youth can see and read books with people who look like them as the heroes. Seeing ourselvesContinue Reading