Book List

Best YA Biography and Memoir of 2020

  • TEEN

    CALL ME AMERICAN (ADAPTED FOR YOUNG ADULTS)

    JUNE 16, 2020

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

CALL ME AMERICAN (ADAPTED FOR YOUNG ADULTS)

by Abdi Nor Iftin with Max Alexander

A triumphant memoir that offers hope for Somalia’s and, indeed, America’s futures. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    ALL BOYS AREN'T BLUE

    APRIL 28, 2020

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

ALL BOYS AREN'T BLUE

by George M. Johnson

A critical, captivating, merciful mirror for growing up Black and queer today. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    STUPID BLACK GIRL

    JUNE 30, 2020

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

STUPID BLACK GIRL

by Aisha Redux illustrated by Brianna McCarthy

An important and eye-opening contribution to conversations about global identity politics. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    SARAH BERNHARDT

    JUNE 16, 2020

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

SARAH BERNHARDT

by Catherine Reef

A captivating biography possessing as much verve as its inimitable subject. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    REDBONE

    OCT. 27, 2020

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

REDBONE

by Christian Staebler & Sonia Paoloni ; illustrated by Thibault Balahy

Musicians with heart put their people before profits in an inspirational tale. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    BEAUTY MARK

    SEPT. 8, 2020

More Book Lists

The Magazine: Kirkus Reviews

Doctor, comedian, and podcaster Bassem Youssef is now a middle-grade author.

subscribe
  • The Kirkus Star

    One of the most coveted designations in the book industry, the Kirkus Star marks books of exceptional merit.

  • The Kirkus Prize

    The Kirkus Prize is among the richest literary awards in America, awarding $50,000 in three categories annually.

    See the 2020 winners.

Great Books & News Curated For You

Be the first to read books news and see reviews, news and features in Kirkus Reviews. Get awesome content delivered to your inbox every week.

Thank you!