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It’s that time of year again! Edi Campbell kindly gave me her list of 2013 books by PoC (people of color) and I pulled out the fiction books by Black authors (middle grade and young adult). As always, if you see that we’ve missed a title, please let us know. I have not added titles from Saddleback Educational Publishing, a press devoted to hi-lo fiction for teens. You can find Saddelback’s Black authors on our 2011 and 2012 lists. Two of the titles are reprints. Walter Dean Myers, outgoing National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, had a good year with 3 titles; Amar’e Stoudemire and Kelli London had 2 titles each, as did Ni-Ni Simone and Amir Abrams. How many of the remaining authors made their debut in 2013? Less than ten, by my count. According to a recent article in New York Magazine, there were over 10,000 young adult novels available in 2012. A YALSA source suggests 3,000 YA novels are published annually in the US. You can find our 2014 list here.index         index

MG=middle grade (8-12) YA=young adult (12-18)

  1. Bereft by Craig Laurance Gidney (Tiny Satchell Press; January) YA
  2. STAT #3: Slam Dunk by Amar’e Stoudemire (Scholastic Paperbacks; January) MG
  3. Sweet 16 to Life: A Langdon Prep Novel by Kimberly Reid (KTeen; January) YA
  4. Reality Check: Charly’s Epic Fiasco by Kelli London (KTeen; February) YA
  5. Drifting by Lisa R. Nelson (Tiny Satchel Press; February) YA
  6. Flowers in the Sky by Lynn Joseph (Harper Teen; March) YA
  7. Orleans by Sherri L. Smith (Putnam Juvenile; March) YA
  8. The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Arthur A. Levine Books; March) YA
  9. Twelve Days of New York by Tonya Bolden and Gilbert Ford (Abrams; March) MG
  10. Hollywood High: Get Ready for War by Ni-Ni Simone and Amir Abrams (Kensington; March) YA
  11. Panic by Sharon Draper (Atheneum; March) YA
  12. Revenge of a Not-So-Pretty Girl by Carolita Blythe (Delacorte; April) YA
  13. The Laura Line by Crystal Allen (Balzer + Bray; April) MG
  14. Darius and Twig by Walter Dean Myers (Harper; April) YA
  15. P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams Garcia (Amistad; May) MG
  16. Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; May) MG
  17. Get Over It by Nikki Carter (Dafina Press; May) YA
  18. The Girl of His Dreams by Amir Abrams (K-Teen/Dafina; June) YA
  19. Paparazzi Princesses by Bria Williams, Reginae Carter, and Karyn Folan (Cash Money Content; June) YA
  20. Dork Diaries 6: Tales from a Not-So-Happy-Heartbreaker by Rachel Renee Russell (Aladdin; June) MG
  21. Charm and Strangeby Stephanie Kuehn (St. Martin Press; June) YA
  22. Star Power (Charly’s Epic Fiasco)by Kelli London (Kensington; July) YA
  23. Way Too Much Drama by Earl Sewell (Kimani Tru; July) YA
  24. Sunday You Learn How to Box by Bil Wright (Scribner; August—reprint) YA
  25. The Cruisers: Oh, Snap! by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic; August) MG
  26. STAT #4: Schooled by Amar’e Stoudemire (Scholastic Paperbacks; August) MG
  27. Goal Line by Tiki & Ronde Barber, with Paul Mantell (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; August—reprint) MG
  28. Zero Fadeby Chris Terry (Curbside Splendor; September) YA
  29. You Don’t Know Me Like That by Reshonda Tate Billingsly (K-Teen/Dafina; September) YA
  30. Streetball Crew Book One: Sasquatch in the Paint by Kareem Abdul Jabar (Disney-Hyperion; September) MG
  31. Invasion by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic; October) YA
  32. The Case of the Time Capsule Bandit by Octavia Spencer (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; October) MG
  33. True Story by Ni-Ni Simone (KTeen/Dafina; November) YA
  34. Jump Shot by Tiki & Ronde Barber, with Paul Mantell (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; November) MG
  35. He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander (Amistad; November) YA
  36. Cy in Chains by David L. Dudley (Clarion Books; December) YA

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