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Brandy Colbert Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Pointe (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little & Lion (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Finding Yvonne (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Revolution of Birdie Randolph (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Only Black Girls in Town (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Voting Booth (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Blackwoods (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks: Adapted for Young Readers (With: Jeanne Theoharis) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Birds in the Sky (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of ReVisioning History for Young People Books

A Queer History of the United States for Young People (By: Michael Bronski) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People (By: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz,DebbieReese,Jean Mendoza) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks: Adapted for Young Readers (With: Jeanne Theoharis) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Summer Days and Summer Nights(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three Sides of a Heart(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Our Stories, Our Voices(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Toil & Trouble(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Enough(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Born and raised in Springfield, Brandy Colbert is a well-established author, who is widely known for her masterpiece, Pointe, which emerged the winner during the 2014 Cybils Awards. Buzz Feed, Publishers Weekly Book Riot, and many others, also named the novel as one of the best books in the year 2014. In the same year, Brandy Colbert was named as Publisher’s Weekly, Flying Start. Apart from working as an author, Brandy Colbert also works as a copy editor. Currently, Brandy Colbert resides in Los Angeles, California.

Brandy Colbert Best Books


Pointe is Brandy Colbert’s debut novel that introduces the readers to Theo Cartwright. Theo comes from the few black families that reside in a predominantly-white Chicago neighbourhood. Theo Cartwright has an undying passion for ballet and from the look of things; she is headed for greatness. However, it does not take long before Theo’s life take an unexpected turn when one of her childhood friends resurfaces after disappearing for more than four years. Being Brandy Colbert’s debut novel, Pointe is an extraordinary book about dance, which has been, ostensibly intertwined with the aftermath of an abduction. Colbert has managed to build characters whose struggles, flaws and bad decisions in life make them indelibly memorable and quite realistic as well. Despite the fact that Theo might be a driven and exceedingly gifted dancer, she is still a 17-year-old girl who can stand up to bullies with acid remarks, smokes, and drinks with her friends and even had a sexual encounter with an older person when she was only 13 years of age.

Theo is also keeping an eating disorder check. The book begins as Theo is at a point in her life where she can become an elite dancer, but she has to put hard work and dedication as well. As Theo tries to put her life together, Hosea, Theo’s schoolmates who also doubles up as a jack-of-all-trades happens to be a faux-prodigy piano player. The two become friends and eventually end up being lovers. The relationship between Theo and Hosea gives Theo something to think about especially when she is not worrying about ballet and her future. Like any other lead character, Theo has an exceedingly dark past that she has always kept hidden mainly because she did not know any better. Eventually, Theo comes to terms with what had happened and how vulnerable and wrong she was. Pointe revolves around some exceedingly tough issues that the protagonist has to deal with including eating disorders, sexual assault, drug use, post-traumatic stress, and Stockholm syndrome.

Little and Lion

Little and Lion is another brilliantly written book by Brandy Colbert. This is a must read especially for anyone who has ever felt caught in between two places, identities, people or two entirely different worlds. In Little and Lion, author Brandy Colbert introduces the readers to Suzette, a 16-year-old girl who after a year away in a London based boarding school is back home in California. Suzette and her younger brother Lionel, have always been exceedingly close, however, their relationship is as effortlessly and easy as it was before. The lion appears to be not only distant but also unreadable. He is also frustrated and worried that his old friends cannot seem to see past the bipolar disorder that he wrestles on a day-to-day basis. Suzette is desperate to repair things between them. However, her feelings towards his brother’s new girlfriend make things a little bit difficult. To make matters worse, Suzette is the only person who appears to know about his brother’s secret; he has not been taking his medication for quite some time.

With that said, Little and Lion is novel that the readers will fall in love with. The characters have been well-drawn. The author pens down teenagers with such generosity, empathy and everyone from DeeDee, Suzette’s best friend to Emil, her quiet and kind boyfriend sings more than just one note. Religion, sexuality, illness, and race are all explored with an elusive dexterity; the outcome is characters who not only feel ferociously alive but also realistically complicated.

Life in Motion

Life in Motion is the story about Misty Copeland, an exceedingly strong independent woman of color. Misty grew up in a family of seven. Apart from having financial problems, her family was constantly moving from town to town. Eventually, her parents decided to settle in San Pedro California. In California, Misty Copeland was admitted to one of the leading local schools, the San Pedro High school. While attending San Pedro High school, Misty Copeland tried out with the drill team, and she was given the role of captain. Ever since she was young, Misty had always dreamt of becoming a writer, and from the look of things, her dream was finally coming true. After school, Misty Copeland began attending the boys and girls club, where she began doing ballet. Despite the fact that she had never done ballet before, Misty became the best in her class. Cindy, the ballet teacher, loved Misty because she believed that Misty was an exceptional student who was highly talented.

Cindy wanted Misty to begin attending the studio, but Misty could not afford it. The following day Misty began dancing and emerged the top of her class. It is at this point that Misty came to the realization that she did not love the drill team. Thus, she decided to quit. Misty’s love for dancing eventually became a problem, when her mother told her that things were becoming a little bit tough for them. Thus, they would not be able to take care of her. As luck would have it, Cindy offered to take Misty in. Apart from dancing, Misty began to home school under the care of Cindy. Cindy also offered to take Misty to various Ballet competitions with the first competition that Misty ever attended was at the Los Angeles Music Centre. Misty was awarded a Spotlight Award, which in turn meant that she was the best dancer in Southern California. The Spotlight Award, in turn, brought so many opportunities, including summer programs. However, despite the various programs that came along Cindy’s way, Cindy was more than determined to go to ABT. After some time, Cindy got a call from ABT inquiring as to whether she could attend the school during summer.

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