YA Antiracism & Social Justice Stories

We've put together a selection (a very small selection) of young adult novels with African American protagonists, many of which feature kids fighting for social justice.  (Some of them feature African American kids as mermaids or fighting vampires!)  They all function as windows into the other or mirrors that reflect oneself—viewpoints we all need (teenager or not).

Young Adult Social Justice books

 

Anger Is a Gift: A Novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250167033
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Published: Tor Teen - May 7th, 2019

Felix Ever After Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062820259
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 5th, 2020

The Poet X Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062662811
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Published: Quill Tree Books - April 7th, 2020

Odd One Out Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781101939567
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Published: Ember - September 17th, 2019

Let Me Hear a Rhyme Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062840332
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 19th, 2020

A Blade So Black (The Nightmare-Verse #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250211668
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Published: Square Fish - September 24th, 2019

Watch Us Rise Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781547603114
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - February 11th, 2020

Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250309853
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - January 14th, 2020

Who Put This Song On? Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525707516
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 24th, 2019

A Song Below Water: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250315328
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Published: Tor Teen - June 2nd, 2020

SLAY Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534445420
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Published: Simon Pulse - September 24th, 2019

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

Two Naomis Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062414267
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 5th, 2018

A Young People's History of the United States: Columbus to the War on Terror (For Young People Series) Cover Image
By Howard Zinn, Rebecca Stefoff (Contributions by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9781583228692
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Published: Triangle Square - June 2nd, 2009

March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$49.99
ISBN: 9781603093958
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - September 6th, 2016

Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women's Fight for Their Rights Cover Image
By Mikki Kendall, A. D'Amico (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780399581793
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Published: Ten Speed Press - November 5th, 2019

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work Cover Image
By Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780711245211
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - January 7th, 2020

One Person, No Vote (YA edition): How Not All Voters Are Treated Equally Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781547601073
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - September 17th, 2019

This Is My America Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593118764
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 28th, 2020

Piecing Me Together Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781681191072
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - June 5th, 2018

What Lane? Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525518433
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - April 14th, 2020

I'm Not Dying with You Tonight Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492678892
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Published: Sourcebooks - August 1st, 2019

Dear Martin Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781101939529
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Published: Ember - September 4th, 2018

All American Boys Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781481463348
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

Punching the Air Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062996480
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 1st, 2020

We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781547602520
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - October 29th, 2019

Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780525580065
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Published: Ember - September 10th, 2019

A Black Woman Did That Cover Image
By Malaika Adero, Chanté Timothy (Illustrator)
$11.99
ISBN: 9781941367513
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Published: Downtown Bookworks - February 18th, 2020

The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536217018
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Published: Candlewick - December 1st, 2020