My Favorite Black Characters in YA \\ Black History Month


Hello Book Ravens!

Okay, so can I start this by saying I don’t like using the word “black” when describing a person? Some people are okay with it, some aren’t, but I just feel like I’m using a label on a large group of people…and that makes me feel weird.

Anyway, I’m sure all of you know that February is Black History Month, and I decided I wanted to talk about some of my favorite black characters in YA!

I also want to hear your favorites – this list is limited to books I’ve read, so I’d love to hear what some of your favorites are as well!


Winter Hayle-Blackburn

The Lunar Chronicles

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Winter is an interesting character, because if you view her from anyone else’s point of view, she’s completely insane. But when you’re in her head she suddenly has a very sane and smart way of thinking and doing things.

Plus she’s kind and determined, she clicked so well with the team of the Rampion – to be honest, she didn’t deserve anything that happened to her.

I really love hearing her stories – if only we’d had more books!

Hazel Levesque

Heroes of Olympus

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Hazel is just such a badass! She’s the youngest member of the ARGO II, and she can control diamonds and jewels, and she has a sassy horse – I cannot describe how much I adore her!

She’s not the typical badass you would think of (not like a Celeana Sardothian), but she’s a good fighter and resourceful. Plus she’s pretty much the peacekeeper, despite having her own things to deal with.


Everything, Everything

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I read Everything, EverythingΒ last year in anticipation for the movie, and I remember really liking Maddie. I found her more relatable in the book, but her personality was more likable in the movie, if that makes sense?

She is quirky, and smart, and even though I didn’t always agree with her actions,Β I think that if she were real, we’d definitely be friends.


Maximum Ride

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Now, anyone who has read Maximum Ride will know that Nudge, among many other characters, kind of got pushed aside after the third book.

But when I was twelve and reading these books for the first time, I so related to Nudge! I thought she was just so awesome!

This definitely is a character that I don’t relate to as much anymore, but she still has a special place in my heart.


I have a few different Black History Month posts planned, including a discussion and upcoming releases with black protagonists.

So if you’re interested in any of that, then you should be sure to follow or come back on Monday, Wednesday or Friday!*

*that was a subtle way of telling you about my uploading schedule…not 100% sure if I was clear so I needed to add this footnote.

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