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Michelle Coles


“I write relatable stories that empower children to face their futures with boldness and pride.”

Michelle Coles is a debut novelist, experienced civil rights attorney, and mother of four. As a 9th generation Louisianan, she is highly attuned to the struggles that African Americans have faced in overcoming the legacy of slavery and the periods of government-sanctioned discrimination that followed. Her goal in writing is to empower young people by educating them about history and giving them the tools to shape their own destiny.

Books by this author

Young African American boy looking off with the Capital building in the background

Black Was the Ink

Michelle Coles
Age Level:
Middle Grade, YA
Historical Fiction