Young Adult Novels with Protagonists of Color

Young adult novels are written for teens ages 13-19, although many adults (myself included) enjoy them just as much. Here you will find a collection of Young Adult novels in which the main characters are people of color. Books marked with an * are #ownvoices novels, meaning that the author comes from the same community as the protagonist.

African American

  • The Friends by Rosa Guy*
  • The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation by M.T. Anderson
  • When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds*
  • All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds* and Brenden Kiely
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds*
  • Solo* by Kwame Alexander


  • All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg (Vietnamese-American)
  • The Epic Crush of Genie Lo* by F.C. Yee


  • Gabi: A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero*
  • Shadowshaper and Shadowhouse* Falls by Daniel José Older
  • Wild Beauty* by Anna-Marie McLemore

Native American

  • Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac* (Apache)


  • A Thousand Nights  and Spindle  by E.K. Johnston (dark-skinned fantasy)


  • Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali*