YA Heroines of Colour

Heroines of colour are still terribly underrepresented in YA literature, so I thought we could make a list of books for teens and young adults that feature heroines of colour as the main character.

As long as the books are for teens or young adults it doesn't matter which genre they are: Fantasy, Dystopian, Thriller... the only important thing is, that the main character is a woman of colour so that we can have an overview of books featuring WOC as heroines.

*This list is supposed to give an overview of what YA books with WOC as main characters and heroines there are, so please don't add novels with white main characters that happen to have WOC as sidekicks or as supporting characters.*
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189 books · 51 voters · list created December 30th, 2013 by Kat (votes) .
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message 1: by Kat (new)

Kat Okay, friends, I said YA. "Resurrecting Cybele" is clearly not a YA book, so I don't know why you would add it? This list is for books for Teenagers and Young Adults, so 12-18, I'd say. I would really like to keep adult books off this list, it's meant for teens.

Maybe someone can make another list like this for adult books with WOC as heroines. I would, but I don't read enough adult fantasy books to know enough books.


message 2: by Mz_gemini (new)

Mz_gemini In R.L Stine's book, "Fear Street Seniors: No Answer", Clarissa Turner (a black girl) is the main character/protagonist.


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