I'm on the brink of becoming a fan of author Tanita Davis. I read her book A la Carte and liked it okay. I selected her new book, Mare's War, for my branch, but haven't read it because, you know, it's historical fiction. Both books get pretty circulation, partly because I can recommend them to mamas who want a Nice Book, with a black main character, for their daughters.
Davis's thoughtful, artful blog post over at ReaderGirlz moves me closer to serious fandom. Give it a read.