What an exciting list of books by IPOC debut authors!! What excites me even more is knowing there are even more that I need to add! So, add to the comments or send me a Tweet! Let’s make it easy for everyone to support these new voices.
1 Jan Mary and the Trail of Tears: A Cherokee Removal Survival Story (Girls Survive) by Andrea L Rogers. (Author) and Matt Forsyth (Illustrator). Stone Arch Books. MG Cherokee Historical Fiction
7 Jan Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez. Page Street Kids. Bolivian speculative historical fiction.
7 Jan Love Boat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen. HarperCollins. Cis/Het Romance.
7 Jan This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 lessons on how to wake up, take action, and do the work by Tiffany Jewell and Aurélia Durand. Frances Lincoln Children’s Books. Woke Work Book
7 Jan A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison. Inkyard. HeterRomance
14 Jan From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks. Katherine Tegen Books (releases as The Faraway Truth/ UK edition. 5 Mar) MG Crime Mystery
14 Jan Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown. Henry Holt. Fantastical Autobiography
25 Feb The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow. Inkyard. Fantasy Alien Roadtrip Adventure @@alechiawrites
28 Jan Diamond City by Francesca Flores. Wednesday Books. YA SFF
25 Feb Rebelwing by Andrea Tang. Razorbill. SSF YA
3 Mar How To Make Friends With the Sea by Tanya Guerrero. FSG. MG Fiction; disabilities
3 Mar Anna K: A Love Story by Jenny Lee. Flatiron. A love story!
17 Mar Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim. Kokila. MG Comic Fiction
31 Mar Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros. HarperCollins. MG immigration story
7 Apr Into the Tall Grass by Loriel Ryon. McElderry. SFF
7 Apr Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega. Scholastic. MG fantasy/action
14 Apr Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko. Amulet. West African inspired SFF.
21 Apr The Silence of Bones by June Hur. Feiwel and Friends. Bloody YA Historical Mystery
28 Apr A Breath Too Late by Rocky Callen. Henry Holt. After death fictional epistolary
12 May The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez. FSG. MG Animal Whisperer Fantasy.
12 May The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar. Page Street Kids. MG Lesbian Competitive Romance
26 May The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna. Delacorte. West African inspired fantasy.
26 May The Dream Weaver by Reina Latkes Alegre. Simon & Schuster. MG fiction
2 June You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson. Scholastic. Lesbian RomCom
2 June Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards) by Janella Angeles. Wednesday Book. Fantasy duology
2 June A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown. Balzer + Bray. West African inspired fantasy duology.
9 June Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. Macmillan. YA paranormal Latinx trans fiction
16 Jun I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee. Katherine Tegen Books. YA K-Pop RomCom
7 July Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron. Bloomsbury. Lesbian post Cinderella SFF
28 July This Is My America by Kim Johnson. Random House. Antiracist fiction
Fall 2020 Jade Fire Gold by June Tan. Blink/HarperCollins. Chinese inspired YA fantasy.
Fall 2020 These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong. SimonPulse. YA Chinese historical fantasy.
Fall 2020 Jake in the Box by Ryan Douglass. Putnam. YA AfrAm Horror
4 Aug Eva Evergreen, Semi Magical Witch by Julie Abe. Little, Brown Books. MG Fantasy
4 Aug Sia Martinez & the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland. Simon Pulse. MG intergalactic border crossing
11 Aug Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar. HarperTeen. Hindu inspired YA Fantasy
15 Sept ELATSOE by Darcie Little Badger. Levine Querido. YA Haunted LGBTQIA murder mystery
5 thoughts on “2020 Debut Authors”
thank you for gathering up this lovely list! Now off to goodreads to add them to my tbr list for next year.
Do you have Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen on your list? It’s a YA contemporary set at a poorly supervised summer program in Taiwan for Asian-American teens. I think it comes out in January.
The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow should be on here! Comes out in Feb.
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