Ibi Zoboi is an author out of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She was born there, but her family immigrated to New York when she was just four-years-old. She is the author of the YA novel American Street which was a National Book Award finalist.

Zoboi is also the author of Pride, a modern YA remix on the Jane Austen classic. Ibi earned her MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. In addition to her work as an author, Ibi is also an educator who has received several grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council for her community-based programs for teen girls. Zoboi lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with her husband and their children.

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

American Street (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Pride (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Punching the Air (With: Yusef Salaam) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Okoye to the People (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Nigeria Jones (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Picture Books

A is for Ayiti (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The People Remember (With: Loveis Wise) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Anthologies

Reading the Bones(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Meet Cute(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Black Enough(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Phoenix First Must Burn(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cool. Awkward. Black.(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Calling the Moon(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

If You Like Ibi Zoboi Books, You’ll Love…

Punching the Air is the story of a young man named Amal who is an artist and poet at a diverse art school. However, he’s in a biased system that leaves others thinking he is disruptive and unmotivated. When an altercation takes place in a gentrifying neighborhood, it escalates into tragedy and Amal is blamed. He’s only sixteen years old and sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He’s filled with despair and rage, but he manages to find refuge in his art. Can he use it to change his story?

Zoboi’s debut was American Street. The book draws on Ibi’s own experience as a young Haitian heading to America. Fabiola thought that America would lead her to a better life, but when her mom is detained by U.S. immigration she is left to her American cousins. She’s at a new school in Detroit with new friends and a surprising romance, and she’s doing it on her own. As she tries to figure out her place in this world, she soon learns that freedom comes at a cost.

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