Kekla Magoon

Finalist, 2021 National Book Awards
Longlist, 2015 National Book Awards

Kekla Magoon is the author of the young adult novel The Rock and the River, which won the John Steptoe New Talent Award and was the first mainstream novel for young people to feature the Black Panther Party. She is the Margaret A. Edwards Award–winning author of more than a dozen books for young readers. (Photo credit: Kekla Magoon)
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Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People

ISBN 9781536214185 Candlewick Press

In this comprehensive, inspiring, and all-too-relevant history of the Black Panther Party, Kekla Magoon introduces readers to the Panthers’ community activism, grounded in the concept of self-defense, which taught Black Americans how to protect and support themselves in a country that treated them like second-class citizens. More about this book >

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X: A Novel

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz, with Kekla Magoon, book cover, 2015.
ISBN 9780763669676 Candlewick Press

 X follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today. More about this book >

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Kekla Magoon

Kekla Magoon is the author of the young adult novel The Rock and the River, which won the John Steptoe New Talent Award and was the first mainstream novel for young people to feature the Black Panther Party. She is also the Margaret A. Edwards Award–winning author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including Fire in the Streets and How It Went Down. She is also the coauthor, with Ilyasah Shabazz, of X: A Novel, which received an NAACP Image Award, a Coretta Scott King Honor, and was Longlisted for the National Book Award. Magoon grew up in Indiana and now lives in Vermont, where she serves on the faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

(Photo credit: Kekla Magoon)

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