Starred Review

★ “Hooper presents valuable lessons on the healing power of community, forgiveness, and sharing one’s truth.” —Publisher’s Weekly

Best of + Editor’s Picks

  • School Library Journal: Best Middle Grade Books 2021
  • New York Public Library: Best Books of 2021
  • BookPage: Best Middle Grade and Chapter Books 2021
  • Amazon: Best Children’s Books 2021 (Editor’s Pick)


  • Debuted #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List
  • 5 starred reviews

★ ”Pick up Black Boy Joy for a heavy dose of happiness.” —Booklist, starred review