As we continue in our celebration of Black History Month, we equally celebrate the voices creating rich and brilliant Black Futures. Like this short film from The Movement for Black Lives, countless YA authors are sending visions of a future world into the present and into the hearts of young adult readers everywhere. Here are a few recent or forthcoming examples:
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
This title, selected for the 2021 Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten, draws upon West African folklore and Western fairy tales to create an immersive and complex world that is sure to engage and delight.
The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
Described as perfect for fans of the Dora Milaje from Black Panther, this newly-released high fantasy is poised to join a powerful cohort of strong female characters.
Beasts of Prey by Ayana Grey
Forthcoming in September, this book is already being celebrated by readers with a sneak peek at this series opener. The cover hasn’t been revealed yet, but the buzz is strong!
A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by Patrice Caldwell
This collection of sixteen short stories features works of fantasy, science fiction, and magic from such celebrated authors as Elizabeth Acevedo, Ashley Woodfolk, Ibi Zoboi, and the editor herself, Patrice Caldwell.