Black Boy Joy (17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood) Edited by Kwame Mbalia

So many of my favorite YA authors have come together to create a collection about JOY! The joy of play, of love, of achieving a goal. Bring it on Suyi Davies Okungbowa, and P. Djeli Clark, and Jerry Craft, and Tochi Onyebuchi!

Told through genres that are accessible to young people: fantasy, scifi, comics, poetry, and contemporary fiction. And covering a number of important subjects… Identity, The Cool, creative expression, music, family. Each story hit on a different angle of JOY! A tinge of sadness here and a look into the future there, but each has a heart that I appreciated.

Although this book is labelled and mainly focuses on middle-school age kids, I had so much fun with it. And would like to get a copy for my own classroom… and I’ll be sending another email to my school’s librarian: Get this book! Please!

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Childrens, and the authors for a copy for review.

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