Great Middle Grade Books With Black Protagonists

Diverse books are important as they show and represent different cultures, beliefs, skin colours and abilities. Reading diverse books can help readers change their attitude towards the differences in society. It allows the reader to step into the shoes of the main character and see a different life through their eyes.

We have picked out some books that have black protagonists that are perfect for middle grade readers.


The background of the book is mainly pink. There's a girl laying in amongst the pink. Around the edges are some leaves from tropical plants

When Life Gives You Mangoes - Kereen Getten

Twelve-year-old Clara lives on an island that visitors call exotic. But there's nothing exotic about it to Clara. She loves eating ripe mangos off the ground, running outside in the rain with her Papa during rainy season, and going to her secret hideout with Gaynah--even though lately she's not acting like a best friend...

 Genre: Contemporary fiction


A boy is standing on a platform in amongst two trains. He's wearing a red jacket and black trousers and is looking at one of the trains

Tight - Torrey Maldonado

Bryan knows what's tight for him--reading comics, drawing superheroes, and hanging out with no drama. But drama is every day where he's from, and that gets him tight, wound up. And now Bryan's friend Mike pressures him with ideas of fun that are crazy risky. At first, it's a rush following Mike, hopping turnstiles, subway surfing, and getting into all kinds of trouble. But Bryan never really feels right acting so wrong, and drama really isn't him. So which way will he go, especially when his dad tells him it's better to be hard and feared than liked?

Genre: Contemporary fiction


There's an orange high rise apartment in the background. The sky is bright blue. There's two children - one boy, one girl - who are looking at the block of flats, meaning you can't see their faces.. Only their backs and backs of head

High Rise Mystery - Sharna Jackson

The detective duo everyone is dying to meet!

Summer in London is hot, the hottest on record, and there's been a murder in THE TRI: the high-rise home to resident know-it-alls, Nik and Norva. Who better to solve the case? Armed with curiosity, home-turf knowledge and unlimited time - until the end of the summer holidays anyway.

 Genre: Detective | Mystery

Did you know we had a live author interview with Sharna Jackson?! You can watch the video of that interview by clicking here, or you can read our blog about it by clicking here!


There's a boy and a man on the cover. The boy is facing the front and is stood in a boxing position, like he's about to throw a punch. The man is stood behind him, with his back facing the front, you can see the side of his head. The background is multicoloured - pink, orange, purple, green and blue

Tristan Strong Punches A Hole In The Sky - Kwame Mbalia

Seventh-grader Tristan Strong feels anything but strong ever since he failed to save his best friend when they were in a bus accident together. All he has left of Eddie is the journal his friend wrote stories in. Tristan is dreading the month he’s going to spend on his grandparents’ farm in Alabama, where he’s being sent to heal from the tragedy. But on his first night there, a sticky creature shows up in his bedroom and steals Eddie’s journal.

Genre: Fantasy



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