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Ibi Zoboi


Ibi Zoboi holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing has been published in The New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book Magazine, and The Rumpus, among others. Her debut novel, American Street, was published by Balzer Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers and has received five starred reviews. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, and their three young children.

Genres: Young Adult Fiction

   American Street (2017)
   Pride (2018)
   My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich (2019)
   Punching the Air (2020) (with Yusef Salaam)
   Under the Needle's Eye (2012) (with Susan EE, Emily Mah, Allan Rousselle, Kiini Ibura Salaam and Patrick Samphire)
Picture Books
Ibi Zoboi recommends
The Poet X (2018)
Elizabeth Acevedo
"In The Poet X, Acevedo skillfully sculpts powerful, self-contained poems into a masterpiece of a story, and has amplified the voices of girls en el barrio who are equal parts goddess, saint, warrior, and hero."
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager (2019)
Ben Philippe
"With a perfect balance of snark, keen observation, and wry humor, Ben Philippe has given us the brilliant Norris Kaplan—by far, the funniest, wittiest, smartest character I’ve ever read! Norris Kaplan would be the perfect teen host for The Daily Show!"
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine (2019)
Maika Moulite
"Remarkable, funny, and whip-smart."

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