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           Gold Standard Selection

           Indie Next Pick 

           Amazon Editors' Pick

Black Birds in the Sky:
The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Brandy Colbert

author of books for children and young adults




The Voting Booth

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The Only Black Girls
in Town

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The Revolution of
Birdie Randolph

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Finding Yvonne


Little & Lion

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Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

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The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, Adapted for Young People
(co-adapted with
Jeanne Theoharis) 


Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, Young Readers Edition (co-author with
Misty Copeland)


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Up All Night


Our Stories, Our Voices

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Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

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Black Enough


Three Sides of a Heart

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Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories


Toil & Trouble


Feral Youth


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Brandy Colbert is the award-winning author of several books for children and teens, including The Voting BoothThe Only Black Girls in TownThe Revolution of Birdie Randolph, and Stonewall Book Award winner Little & Lion. She is co-writer of Misty Copeland's Life in Motion young readers edition, and her short fiction and essays have been published in a variety of critically acclaimed anthologies for young people. Her books have been chosen as Junior Library Guild selections, and have appeared on many best of lists, including the American Library Association's Best Fiction for Young Adults and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. She is on faculty at Hamline University's MFA program in writing for children, and lives in Los Angeles.

Photo by Jessie Weinberg

[Longer bio]

Brandy Colbert was born and raised in the Ozarks—more specifically, Springfield, Missouri—and earned a bachelors degree in journalism from Missouri State University.

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph (Little, Brown, 2019), her fourth novel, was named to ALA's Best Fiction for Young Adults, ALA's Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers, Booklist Editors' Choice, the Chicago Public Library Best Teen Fiction, and was a Junior Library Guild selection.


Her second novel, Little & Lion (Little, Brown, 2017), is the winner of ALA’s 2018 Stonewall Book Award; was named to ALA’s 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults; and was named a Book of the Month Club selection, a Junior Library Guild selection, and a best book of 2017 by Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Vulture, Bank Street, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Paste Magazine, and Seventeen magazine.


Finding Yvonne (Little, Brown, 2018), her third novel, was named to the Amelia Bloomer List of top feminist teen titles, the CCBC Choices list, the New York Public Library best books of the year, and was a Junior Library Guild selection. Her debut novel, Pointe (Putnam, 2014), won the 2014 Cybils Award for young adult fiction and was named a best book of 2014 by Publishers WeeklyBuzzFeedBook Riot, the Chicago Public Library, and the Los Angeles Public Library. She was also chosen as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start for spring 2014.


Her work can also be seen in the anthologies Black EnoughToil and TroubleOur Stories, Our VoicesThree Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love TrianglesFeral YouthHere We Are: Feminism for the Real World; and Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories.


Her fifth novel, middle-grade debut The Only Black Girls in Town (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), and her sixth novel, The Voting Booth (Disney-Hyperion), were both released to numerous accolades in 2020.


Brandy is on faculty at Hamline University’s MFA program in writing for children. She lives in Los Angeles where she works as a copy editor. Her writing is represented by Tina Dubois at ICM Partners.

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