Stories by Youth Authors.





Novelly's mission is to publish literature by diverse youth authors and get youth authors taught in every 8th to 12th grade English classroom.

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#Change the Narrative

A Growing Digital Library of Youth Voices

The stories we read shape the way we see ourselves and each other. Whether reading helps us feel seen or understand a different perspective, Novelly's library of e-books by students is curated to support their classmates in becoming better change-makers.

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By Mira Jiang

Sizi has always been more comfortable with her ox than other people. But when she meets Zhinu, a cloud weaver who descended to the mortal realm, Sizi falls for her beauty and tenderness in this sapphic retelling of the Chinese folktale “The Cowherd and the Weaver.”

30 minute read
AAPI Voice
By Mena Williams

Adelola is a young African female who was taken from her home and forced into slavery. As she is stripped of her previous identity, she finds a new one as a hero for her people. This is the story of how she became Oshun Lucifer—the feared pirate captain of the sea.

55 minute read
Black Voices
Historical Fiction
By Lauren Lee

Li Fang was just sixteen years old when she was catapulted from her sunny, rural home in Taishan, China to New York City's Chinatown. Upon arriving in Chinatown, Li finds that the American dream is harder to achieve than she thought.

30 minute read
AAPI Voice
Sexual Violence
By Delaney Smith

In this poem, a young woman contemplates what it’s like to grow up being told that you’re somehow “broken” and that the love you feel is in some way “wrong” when it feels entirely right.

2 minute read
LGBTQ+ Voices

Publishing Youth Authors

Our program supports talented teenage writers as they transform into powerful authors and advocates supporting the learning of their peers.
Creative Writing & Publishing
The Rising Voices Collective

Write and professionally publish an e-book in the Novelly library through our year-long program for short fiction writers

#THe New literary canon

Elevating Student Voices in Every English Classroom

Join our movement to get literature by and for students in English Language Arts (ELA) classrooms across the country, because student voices are more than worthy of being celebrated and taught.
Read to Heal Podcast

Listen to youth leaders interviewing youth authors about their work and what it means to read and write to heal.

Teaching Resources & Community

If you are an English teacher, access our teaching resources and join our teacher community.

Teaching Case Studies

We're looking for English teachers willing to teach 1 lesson on a Novelly e-book to partner with us on a case study!

What our students are saying

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“Novelly creates a safe space unlike anything I’ve experienced before. Everyone is free to be their authentic self here, free of stigma or judgment. And I think that’s a really beautiful thing to accomplish.”

— Harnoor, 11th grader, she/her

What our students are saying

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“Novelly is a community that teaches youth not only to empower their peers and themselves, but to take their power in their classrooms and communities. It’s the organization that I wish I had when I was younger and that I’m endlessly grateful for now!”

— Eve, 11th grader, she/her

What our students are saying

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“To me, Novelly means empowering other teens to stand up for what they believe in, explore the stories of our peers, and have more empathy for the diverse human experience. The people I’ve met in this organization amaze me everyday.”

— Christina, 12th grader, she/her

What our students are saying

“I got to meet so many different people from different backgrounds and different places. They were all so kind, positive, and thoughtful. Thoughtful political and social issue discussions all rely on the communication and understanding of each individual, so I think that the community at Novelly allowed for the facilitation of great thought.”

— Ellie, 9th grader, she/her

Join the Movement

Together, we can create English classrooms in which students feel seen and inspired by the voices and stories of their peers.

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