Making this list brought me so much joy (look at those covers! And the breadth of stories!). This delightful list features stories by Black authors from the US, but also a few of my favorites by Nigerian authors and other authors of African descent.
When Winter Robeson came to visit his cousin, Eden in the summer of 1965, he had another agenda. Winter is a 13-year-old boy visiting Los Angeles from Mississippi. Unbeknownst to Eden and her family, Winter isn’t just there to see Disneyland — he’s looking for his father J.T. Robeson who came to LA 12 years ago and never returned. Eventually, he gets Eden to help him on his search. Not long after, the Watts Riot erupts.
discover that there are several excellent options if your teens like young adult graphic novels. In this list, I’ve included mostly YA graphic novels with some upper middle grade graphic novel options for kids in their early teens.
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Although the number is increasing in recent years, it’s hard to find YA books with fat protagonists — and a positive representation. Some of my favorite reps are fat kids who don’t see being fat as anything beyond an adjective that describes their body. The books on this list feature a wide variety of kids with dreams, messy love lives, beautiful friendships, and often, loving families. Some of them are working their way to more self-love, while others are already confident in their own skin. If you’ve been looking for more YA books starring fat teens, this one’s for you.