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Middle Grade Fiction with Protagonists of Color

Middle Grade Fiction is for readers between nine and twelve. The following are middle grade novels I have read that feature protagonists of color. This list is part of my on-going book list project, in response to the Cooperative Book Center’s statistics regarding the lack of diversity in children’s books. I will be adding to this list as I read more books. Please leave suggestions in the comments!

African-American

  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (2011 Newbery Honor Book, 2011 Scott O’Dell Award, 2011 Judy Lopez Memorial Award Honor Book)
  • P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia (2014 Coretta Scott King Award)
  • After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson (2009 Newbery Honor Book, 2009 Bank Street College of Education Josette Frank Award )
  • Money Hungry by Sharon G. Flake (2002 Coretta Scott King Author Honor)
  • Locomotion by Jacueline Woodson (2004 Coretta Scott King Author Honor)
  • The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton
  • Toning the Sweep by Angela Johnson (1994 Coretta Scott King Award)
  • Crossover by Kwame Alexander (2015 Newbery Medal, 2015 Coretta Scott King Author honor book)
  • Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Coretta Scott King Author Award 2011)
  • As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds (Schnieder Family Book Award 2017, Coretta Scott King Author Honor 2017)

Native American

  • The Birchbark House by Louise Eldrich (2006 American Indian Youth Literature Award for Best Middle School Book)

Indian-American

  • Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani

Latino/a

  • The Circuit: Stories From the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jiménez
  • Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco by Judith Robbins Rose

You may also be interested in my Picture Books with Protagonists of Color, Picture Books with Racial or Ethnic Diversity, and International Picture Book lists.

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