2015 Debut YA Authors of Color

edited 12 january. I love watching this list grow!

I’ve been working all day to get this blog caught up a bit. First, here, I have a list of all the debut authors of color that I could find. Very, very few African American or Latino. Yet and still, a very impressive looking group of authors. And, so few males!

If you’ll be at ALA MIdwinter (I’ll be there!!! Will you??) at 10 am on 31 January there will be a Diverse Debut Panel on the Pop Stage moderated by NYTimes bestselling author Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die).  Panelists include: Sona Charaipotra, I.W. Gregorio, Fonda Lee, Miranda Paul, Adam Silvera, Sabaa Tahir, Francesca Zappia and Nicola Yoon.

Please, let me know who I’ve missed.

Renee AhdiehTHE WRATH AND THE DAWN
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Genre: YA Adventure
Publisher: Putnam

Courtney Alameda – SHUTTER
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genre: YA science fiction/fantasy
publisher: Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan

Karen Bao – DOVE ARISING
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Genre: YA Science Fiction
Publisher: Viking/Penguin

Sona Charaipotra– TINY PRETTY THINGS (With Dhonielle Clayton)
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: HarperTeen

Dhonielle Clayton – TINY PRETTY THINGS (With Sona Charaipotra)
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: HarperTeen

Kelly Loy Gilbert – CONVICTION
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genre: YA contemporary
publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Melissa Grey – THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT
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genre: YA fantasy
publisher: Delacorte Press/Random House

Ilene W. Gregorio – NONE OF THE ABOVE
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Genre: contemporary YA
Publisher: Balzer and Bray

Chris Ledbetter – DRAWN
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genre: YA contemporary
publisher: EvernightTeen

Frances Lee Hall – FRIED WONTON
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Genre: MG
Publisher: Egmont USA

Charlotte Huang– FOR THE RECORD
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Delacorte/Random House

Erin Entrada Kelly – BLACKBIRD FLY
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Genre: MG
Publisher: HarperCollins/Greenwillow

Fonda Lee – ZEROBOXER
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Genre: YA Science Fiction
Publisher: Flux

Stacey H. Lee– UNDER A PAINTED SKY
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Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Random House

Valynne E. Maetani – INK AND ASHES
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Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Publisher: Tu Books/Lee & Low

Anna-Marie McLemore – THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS
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genre: YA contemporary
publisher: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press

Daniel Jose Older – SHADOWSHAPER
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Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine

Cindy L. Rodriguez– WHEN REASON BREAKS
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books USA

Aisha Saeed– WRITTEN IN THE STARS
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin

Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung – LITTLE MISS EVIL
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Genre: MG
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Adam Silvera – MORE HAPPY THAN NOT
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genre: YA contemporary
publisher: Soho Teen

Ronald L. Smith – HOODOO
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genre: YA fantasy
publisher: Clarion/HMH

Sabaa Tahir – AN EMBER IN THE ASHES
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Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Razorbill

Valerie Tejeda – HOLLYWOOD WITCH HUNTER
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Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Spark/Bloomsbury Children’s Books (USA/UK)

Jasmine Warga – MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES
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Genre: YA contemporary
Publisher: B+B/HarperTeen

Nicola Yoon – EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Random House Kids/Delacorte

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6 thoughts on “2015 Debut YA Authors of Color

    • Thanks for contacting me!This post announces new release from authors of color from traditional presses. I am working on a post of new releases from self published authors, a much trickier demographic to locate. If you know of any, please send them my way so that I can be sure they’re on the list I hope to create.

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