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Written as a collection of vignettes and poetry, The Unboxing of a Black Girl is a creative nonfiction reflection on Black girlhood. The debut YA title, by award-winning author Angela Shanté, is a love letter to Black girls set in New York City and serves as a personal and political critique of how the world raises Black girls.

As Shanté navigates the city through memory, she balances poetry with vignettes that explore the innocence and joy of childhood eroded by adultification. Through this book, she illuminates the places where Black girls are nurtured or exploited in stories and poems about personal and political boxes, love, loss, and sexual assault. Many entries are also studded with cultural footnotes designed to further understanding.


Angela Shanté is an elementary education teacher by trade. She taught for ten years in her hometown of New York City where she received an MFA in creative writing from the City College of New York. Currently she's an education content editor and Literacy consultant in southern California. Her first two books and third on its way were released through West Margin Press.

  • Publisher: Page Street YA
  • Publish Date: May 07, 2024
  • Pages: 160
  • Dimensions: 5.8 X 8.5 X 0.8 inches | 0.55 pounds
  • Language: English
  • Type: Hardcover
  • EAN/UPC: 9798890039538
  • BISAC Categories: Girls & Women, People & Places - United States - African American, Poetry


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