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Black Lives Matter: Middle Grade and YA Historical Fiction

Earlier posts on this blog pay careful attention to books containing diverse characters. In support of the Black Lives Matter movement, I want to share this list of middle grade historical fiction. In most cases, the main characters are black Americans, however there are a few titles whose black characters play a secondary role. I included these because of their exceptional equity in telling the characters' stories.  Historical fiction is often scrutinized for misappropriation, especially when it comes to diverse voices. Because of this, I have tried to select more recent titles, whose authors are working harder than ever to promote the important work of telling accurate stories. Names with a star (*) are considered #ownvoice authors, portraying characters that reflect their own heritage and race. Since 1619, when the first slaves landed on American soil, the history of African American and Black men, women, and children has been wrought with racism, discrimination, viole