TIFFANY D. JACKSON
Tiffany D. Jackson is a critically acclaimed author and filmmaker from Brooklyn. Jackson has been interested in writing and media since she was a child and received her Bachelor of Arts in Film from Howard University. Her book Monday’s Not Coming, published in 2018, received the Coretta Scott King — John Steptoe New Talent Award.
Monday’s Not Coming description:
Monday and Claudia are best friends, sisters even. When Monday doesn’t show up to the first day of school, Claudia is worried but not too much. But after weeks of Monday not showing up, Claudia decides to go looking for her since nobody else will.
“Jackson doesn’t hold anything back when it comes to the pain of abuse and the ramifications of turning a blind eye. It’s a frank, devastating read filled with real and flawed characters, and it’s a story that needs to be read.”
Other books by Tiffany D. Jackson include: Allegedly (2017), Let Me Hear A Rhyme (2019), and Grown (2020).
JUSTIN A. REYNOLDS
Justin A. Reynolds is fairly new to the YA scene, but he’s off to a great start. His debut novel, Opposite of Always, has been translated into 17 languages and named a School Library Journal Best Book. And apparently, it’s also being adapted as a movie! (If the movie is bad… I will riot)
Opposite of Always description:
Jack and Kate meet at a party and instantly hit it off. They bond over the smallest things, but that just makes the connection even better. But what Jack doesn’t know iss that Kate has a disease that can (and does) kill her. When Kate dies, something strange happens: Jack is sent back to the very moment when he and Kate met. It’s up to Jack to find out what he can do to keep history from repeating itself.
“One of the best love stories I’ve ever read.” —Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Other books by Justin A. Reynolds include Early Departures (2020) and the upcoming graphic novel, Miles Morales: Shock Wave.
Kacen Callender is a writer from the US Virgin Islands. They have written middle-school, young adult, and adult novels, including Felix Ever After, which received a Stonewall Honor.
Felix Ever After description:
Felix has never been in love, but he really wants to be. He wonders why it seems like everyone but him can
find someone and worries that it may be due to his minority trifecta: black, queer, and transgender.
When Felix starts to receive anonymous transphobic messages from another student, he plots a little ~revenge~. Little did he know that his plan would put him right in the middle of a quasi- love triangle. As he’s navigating these new feelings and doing a bit of self-discovering, he learns that his most important relationship is actually with himself.
"There are stories that are vital and there are stories that are brilliantly crafted. Callender delivers both in this beautiful exploration of friendship, new love, and self."
—justin a. reynolds
Other books by Kacen Callender include Queen of the Conquered (2019), King and the Dragon Flies (2020), and King of the Rising (2020).
Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American fantasy writer and creative writing instructor. In 2018, she debuted her novel Children of Blood and Bone, the first book of her Legacy of Orisha trilogy. The second book in the series, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, was published in late 2019, and the last book is scheduled for release later this year.
Children of Blood and Bone description:
When the King of Orïsha commands that all the maji be killed, all the magic in Orïsha vanished and Zélie lost her mother. Zélie is now working with the princess to combat the king and prince's efforts to completely get rid of magic. Zélie has learn to control her magic and navigate spirits to bring hope back to her people.
“You will be changed. You will be ready to rise up and reclaim your own magic!” —Dhonielle Clayton