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BookTrust Represents: Teen

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BookTrust Represents is a three-year project created to promote children’s authors and illustrators of colour. 

Books play an important role as mirrors for children: these stories and characters will affect how they see themselves and the world around them, their motivation to read, and their aspirations to become authors and illustrators of the future. 

However, finding books that truly reflect the diversity of families in the UK is challenging. Over the past 11 years, fewer than 2% of all authors and/or illustrators of children's books published in the UK were British people of colour.

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As part of the project we have put together booklists hightling some of our favourite teen/ya books by authors and illustrators of colour. 

Picture book list

Middle Grade list

  • Black Sheep

    Author: Na’ima B Robert

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  • Black Sheep

    Author: Na’ima B Robert

    Dwayne is sixteen, disengaged from home and school, and a reluctant member of a Brixton gang. When he meets ambitious Misha, the t…

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  • Bone Talk

    Author: Candy Gourlay

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  • Bone Talk

    Author: Candy Gourlay

    Samkad is a boy from a remote Filipino "headhunter" tribe called Bontok in the highlands of the Philippines, back in around 1899 –…

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  • Booked

    Author: Kwame Alexander

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  • Booked

    Author: Kwame Alexander

    From fast-paced football matches to school and family drama, this novel written in verse has something for everyone and will grip …

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  • Inheritance

    Author: Balli Kaur Jaswal

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  • Inheritance

    Author: Balli Kaur Jaswal

    As a newly-independent Singapore struggles to establish its own identity and economic stability, a single father in the Punjabi Si…

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  • Jade

    Author: Millie Murray

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  • Jade

    Author: Millie Murray

    Jade's mum was forced to give up a promising career as a model when she became pregnant and ended up a teen mum, married too young…

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  • Liccle Bit

    Author: Alex Wheatle

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  • Liccle Bit

    Author: Alex Wheatle

    At school Lemar, also known as Liccle Bit due to his height, is like any teenage boy. He's in love with a girl who barely notices …

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  • Long Way Down

    Author: Jason Reynolds Illustrator: Chris Priestley

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  • Long Way Down

    Author: Jason Reynolds Illustrator: Chris Priestley

    Written in verse, Long Way Down is breathtakingly gripping and spectacular. You almost read it without breathing; the ac…

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  • Orangeboy

    Author: Patrice Lawrence

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  • Orangeboy

    Author: Patrice Lawrence

    A boy that no one notices becomes a target on the run, when a tragic event prompts him to mix with a world of street gangs and dru…

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  • The Jungle

    Author: Pooja Puri

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  • The Jungle

    Author: Pooja Puri

    Mico is a young African boy who's lost his family and livelihood, and is trying to get to safety in England. Stuck in the notoriou…

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  • The Poet X

    Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

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  • The Poet X

    Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

    Xiomara, a teenage girl of Dominican heritage, is starting to notice boys, but her strict Catholic parents have decided on no cont…

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  • Wolf Light

    Author: Yaba Badoe

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  • Wolf Light

    Author: Yaba Badoe

    Three girls, far apart in the world, are born with magical powers into a sisterhood. Together, they must defend the planet they sh…

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