Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America

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Overview

Edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, and featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing for teens today—Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America.

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.

Contributors:
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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062698728
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 26,031
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ibi Zoboi was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing has been published in The New York Times Book Review, The Horn Book, and The Rumpus, among others. She is the author of American Street, a National Book Award finalist, and Pride. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their three children. You can find her online at www.ibizoboi.net.


Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton met while attending the New School’s acclaimed Writing for Children MFA program. Sona is a journalist who has written for the New York Times, People, Parade, Cosmopolitan, and other major media. Dhonielle is a librarian at a middle school in Harlem, and taught English at a cutthroat ballet academy. Together, the pair cofounded CAKE Literary, a boutique book packaging company with a decidedly diverse bent. Find them online at www.cakeliterary.com.


Lamar Giles writes for teens and adults. He is the author of the Edgar Award finalists Fake ID and Endangered as well as the critically acclaimed Overturned, Spin, and The Last Last-Day-of-Summer. He is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books and resides in Virginia. Visit him online at www.lamargiles.com.



Justina Ireland is the author of the teen novels Dread NationVengeance Bound, and Promise of Shadows. She enjoys dark chocolate and dark humor and is not too proud to admit that she’s still afraid of the dark. She lives with her husband, kid, and dog in Pennsylvania. You can visit her online at www.justinaireland.com.

A poet
An artist

One black
One white

Two voices
One journey

Jason Reynolds & Jason Griffin are superheroes.


Liara Tamani lives in Houston, Texas. She holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College and a BA from Duke University. Calling My Name is her first book. www.liaratamani.com


Rita Williams-Garcia's Newbery Honor-winning novel, One Crazy Summer, was a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and a New York Times bestseller. The sequel, P.S. Be Eleven, was also a Coretta Scott King Award winner and an ALA Notable Children's Book for Middle Readers. She is also the author of six distinguished novels for young adults: Jumped, a National Book Award finalist; No Laughter Here, Every Time a Rainbow Dies (a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book), and Fast Talk on a Slow Track (all ALA Best Books for Young Adults); Blue Tights; and Like Sisters on the Homefront, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Rita Williams-Garcia lives in Jamaica, New York, is on the faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in the Writing for Children & Young Adults Program, and has two adult daughters, Stephanie and Michelle, and a son-in-law, Adam.

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Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
When I heard about this new anthology coming out, I was so excited. There's not many anthologies out there, and one that depicts stories of a younger me?! Yeah, before this one it was non-existent. This anthology is full of so many types of stories, from black nerds to black boy joy, its all in here. And its the best thing that's happened this year. I love how the stories are all different but still boils down to the same subject. It's an amazing group of diverse stories, presented by an amazing group of authors. As with all anthologies, I liked some more than the others. For instance, Nic Stone's story is my favorite! And Varin Johnson and Lamar Giles also had stories that were EXACTLY what I needed as a fluffy, black led contemporary romance. I also really the fantasy story from Rita Williams-Garcia. It started out weird, but the the ending of it had me like "WHOA!" (See what I did there? lol) There were others I really enjoyed too, like Justina Ireland's and Justin Reynolds'. There were others I didn't enjoy as much, but I still liked them. They were just different than what I usually like. But with an anthology, that's bound to happen. This book is still most definitely one of the best books I've read. Representation matters, y'all. This book is going to be so great to display on my shelves. Both at home and my library. The cover is striking and the words on the inside are even more powerful. I can't wait for the rest of the world to get this in their hands. Definitely a book that all people need to read.