An essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America
Product Code: 6968
ISBN: 9780062698735
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published Date: 01/07/2020
Pages: 416
Availability:In stock
Price: $10.99

Black is...sisters navigating their relationship at summer camp in Portland, Oregon, as written by Renée Watson.

Black is…three friends walking back from the community pool talking about nothing and everything, in a story by Jason Reynolds.

Black is…Nic Stone’s high-class beauty dating a boy her momma would never approve of.

Black is…two girls kissing in Justina Ireland’s story set in Maryland.

Black is urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants, and more—because there are countless ways to be Black enough.


Justina Ireland
Varian Johnson
Rita Williams-Garcia
Dhonielle Clayton
Kekla Magoon
Leah Henderson
Tochi Onyebuchi
Jason Reynolds
Nic Stone
Liara Tamani
Renée Watson
Tracey Baptiste
Coe Booth
Brandy Colbert
Jay Coles
Ibi Zoboi
Lamar Giles

Ages 13 and up

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“A poignant collection of stunning short stories by Black, rock star authors”- Booklist (starred review)

“A breath of fresh air…nuanced and necessary.”- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Each entry is deftly woven and full of such complex humanity that teens will identify with and see some of their own struggles in these characters... This collection presents the beauty of black humanity in all its many forms.” - School Library Journal (starred review)

“The stories, all worth savoring, share a celebratory outlook on black teenagers fully and courageously embracing life.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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