KIM JOHNSON

Author      Speaker       Educator

 

THIS IS MY AMERICA

The Hate U Give meets Just Mercy in this unflinching yet uplifting first novel that explores the racist injustices in the American justice system.

 

"An incredible and searing examination of the often tragic

collision of racism and a flawed criminal justice system. Read and reread ... and reared again." --Nic Stone, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin

"Harrowing and worthwhile; a call-to-action from the anti-racist insights of a generation of black activists." --Kirkus, starred review

“Activist Johnson’s powerful debut is a timely testimony that echoes the social realities behind today’s #BlackLivesMatter protests.” --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This is My America promises a powerful story about racial injustice, featuring stunning prose reminiscent of Nic Stone and Angie Thomas.” --Paste Magazine

"This strong debut will strike home with socially conscious readers." --Booklist 

"A strong debut. Will appeal to readers of Angie Thomas and fans of criminal justice podcasts like Serial and In the Dark." --SLJ

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BIO

Kim Johnson held leadership positions in social justice organizations as a teen and in college, and is now an author and vice provost at the University of Oregon. She maintains engagement in various organizations while also mentoring Black student leaders and serving as a graduate advisor and member of an historically Black sorority.

 

This Is My America is her bestselling novel that explores racial injustice against innocent Black men who are criminally sentenced and the families left behind to pick up the pieces. She is an award-winning novelist, with 2021 accolades that include the Pacific Northwest Book Award and Malka Penn Human Rights Award for Children's Literature.

 

She holds degrees from the University of Oregon and the University of Maryland, College Park.

 

BOOKS

 

THIS IS MY AMERICA

Kim Johnson’s gripping debut is a revelation—an incendiary, crucial look at the American justice system delivered as an uplifting read where love conquers hate and justice is delivered in the face of injustice.

 

Available now!

Soon to be adapted on HBO MAX.

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INVISIBLE SON

A stirring and emotional coming of age YA that explores a rekindling love and friendship under the backdrop of a global pandemic in a self-proclaimed progressive city with more Black Lives Matter signs than Black people.

Releasing 2023, Penguin Random House Children's Books

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Starred Review: Harrowing and worthwhile; a call-to-action from the anti-racist insights of a generation of black activists.

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Buzz Books 2020 presents passionate readers with some of the same insider’s look at 44 books on the way.

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A Collection of Books by Black Authors to Read and Share

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17 New YA Books by Black Authors to Support—Now and Always

Media

Kim Johnson’s Novel ‘This Is My America’ to Get TV Adaptation on HBO Max
Entertainment Weekly, Feature Book Story w/Nic Stone
NPR: Weekend Edition, "Kim Johnson Talks Racism, Mass Incarceration In Debut Novel"

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