2020 YA/MG Books With POC Leads

Young adult and middle grade novels featuring POC leads being released in 2020.

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270 books · 674 voters · list created June 9th, 2018 by Rainbowheart (votes) .
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message 1: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Is your main character a person of color? If so, it definitely belongs on the list. This is intended to be a compilation of all YA and MG releases with POC leads, own voices or not.


message 2: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed Take the Mic. This is a 2019 release.


message 3: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed Tristan Strong Punches A Hole in the Sky, which got an earlier 2019 release.


message 4: by Becca (new)

Becca I've moved Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé to the 2021 list - it was originally scheduled for 2020 but the author has confirmed on Twitter that it's moved back.


message 5: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Thanks, Becca, for helping to keep the list in good shape!


message 6: by Maya (new)

Maya Chhabra Hi, I'm the author of Stranger on the Home Front, my book has been pushed back to 2021 due to the coronavirus. So it probably should be on the 2021 list instead.


message 7: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Thanks for the heads up! I removed that one, along with Borderland, American Betiya, The Gilded Ones, Some Other Now, Forever This Summer, The Passing Playbook, A Pho Love Story, and The Ones We're Meant to Find, which also got pushed to 2021.


message 8: by Mark (new)

Mark Rosendorf The Witches of Vegas would be a good fit for this list. The main character, Isis Flores Rivera is fifteen and is Latino.


message 9: by Nisha (new)

Nisha Ahuja Hey Guys, this is also a very good books, please circulate, its amazing love story and unfaithful happening in the books...


amazing and wonderful book and written very well

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...--


message 10: by Nisha (new)

Nisha Ahuja Hey Guys, this is also a very good books, please circulate, its amazing love story and unfaithful happening in the books...


amazing and wonderful book and written very well

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...--


message 11: by Nisha (new)

Nisha Ahuja Hey Guys, this is also a very good books, please circulate, its amazing love story and unfaithful happening in the books...


amazing and wonderful book and written very well

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...--


message 12: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Had to delete several pre-2020 releases. Please, guys, read the list instructions before voting.

Also removed Indivisible, Jade Fire God, Not Your Hero, Yesterday Is History, It Doesn't Take a Genius, and Journey to the Heart of the Abyss, which all got pushed to 2021, plus The Burning God, which is adult fiction.


message 13: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed several more pre-2020 and irrelevant titles, including a non-fiction book on Slovakia and a non-fiction book about Syria. These are not novels.


message 14: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Had to remove non-2020 releases again. Also deleted Redefining Normal. Not YA, not a novel.


message 15: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Did some major cleanup on this list and removed The Knockout, Your Corner Dark, Fat Chance Charlie Vega, One of the Good Ones, The Legend of Auntie Po, and Strong as Fire Fierce as Flame which all got pushed to 2021, along with several other pre-2020 releases.

Also removed #Krisette, Miss Quinces, Rise as One, and untitled books by Jack Cheng and Tomi Adeyemi, current release dates unknown. Plus, I deleted Fireflies, which is a picture book. Removed Anorac and The Tiger's Eye. According to the authors, the main characters are not people of color.

Let me know if you spot anything I missed!


message 16: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart This list was unfortunately a huge mess. Removed Den Vita Kvinnan och Frostbarnen. Per the author, the main character is not a person of color. Removed Dear Bestie for the same reason. Also deleted several books for wrong publication date. Only titles that had an original release in 2020 are eligible for this list.


message 17: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed Wolf Forgotten and This Dark Wolf. NA/erotica, and the MC is not a person of color.


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