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I, Dred Scott: A Fictional Slave Narrative Based on the Life and Legal Precedent of Dred Scott

by Shelia P. Moses & Bonnie Christensen Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 11, 2010)

Born into slavery in Virginia in the late 1700s, Dred Scott had little to look forward to in life. But he was fortunate in two ways: His first owner was fairly kind to him, and he grew up with his owner's children,...


Harriet Tubman

by Kathleen Kudlinski & Robert Brown Aladdin (January 06, 2015)

One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively, inspiring, fictionalized biographies -- easily...


Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Dharathula H. Millender & Al Fiorentino Aladdin (December 30, 2014)

One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively, inspiring, fictionalized biographies -- easily...


Rosa Parks

by Kathleen Kudlinski & Meryl Henderson Aladdin (December 30, 2014)

Learn about the childhood of Rosa Parks, who grew up to be a legendary Civil Rights activist and an all-star in American history.

Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama....


Forged by Fire

by Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 05, 2011)

The flame of love burns bright in the second book of Sharon M. Draper’s award-winning Hazelwood High trilogy.

When Gerald was a child he was fascinated by fire. But fire is dangerous and powerful, and tragedy...


Double Dutch

by Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 05, 2011)

Delia loves Double Dutch. And she's good at it. Really good. So good that her team has a chance to win the World Double Dutch Championships this year -- Delia is sure of it. What she is less sure of is her chance...


Darkness Before Dawn

by Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 05, 2011)

Hope shines in the face of fear in this conclusion to Sharon M. Draper’s award-winning Hazelwood High trilogy.

In her senior year, things are finally looking a little brighter for Keisha. Still haunted by the...


Zero Fade

by Chris L Terry Curbside Splendor Publishing (September 16, 2013)

Inner-city teenager Kevin Phifer is grounded and battles with girls, bullies, so-called friends, his gay uncle, and wack haircuts.


Steal Away Home

by Lois Ruby Aladdin (March 11, 2014)

When Dana uncovers a skeleton hidden in the wall of her home, she also uncovers a dark secret that stretches back years.

When twelve-year-old Dana Shannon starts to strip away wallpaper in her family’s old...


Betrayed!

by Patricia Calvert Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 15, 2011)

Some men aren't meant for safe pastures.

Home cooking, a warm bed, family -- all these things Tyler's father, Black Jack Bohannon, gave up for an unknown destiny. Now, at fourteen, Tyler is following in his father's...


Split Ends

by Jacquelin Thomas Pocket Books (March 09, 2010)

Divine AND FRIENDS

These girlfriends get through bad hair days together --

and anything else that life in L.A. throws at them!

Kylie Sanderson isn't looking for a handout or anyone's charity -- what she needs,...


Letters From a Slave Girl

by Mary E. Lyons Simon Pulse (June 25, 2008)

Harriet Jacobs was born into slavery; it's the only life she has ever known. Now, with the death of her mistress, there is a chance she will be given her freedom, and for the first time Harriet feels hopeful....


When I Was the Greatest

by Jason Reynolds & Michael Frost Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 07, 2014)

In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head—even if you’re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut that Publishers Weekly calls “a funny and rewarding...


Langston Hughes

by Montrew Dunham Aladdin (June 30, 2008)

Focuses on the early years of the well-known poet, Langston Hughes, whose writings reflect the everyday experiences of African Americans.


Trouble in My Way

by Michelle Stimpson Pocket Books (December 01, 2009)

IT'S ALL HER MOM'S FAULT.

If she hadn't snooped into Karis's diary, she would never have found out that Karis went to a boy's house without permission. Now Karis is grounded, which means no modem, no iPod...and...


Getting Even

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley Pocket Books (April 22, 2008)

The fourth book in The Good Girlz series from national bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley

One guy is leading them on....

Best friends forever, Camille, Alexis, Jasmine, and Angel always stand up...


Aaliyah

by Victoria Christopher Murray Pocket Books (October 20, 2009)

The Divine Divas are going big-time -- to the finals of the Glory 2 God Teen Talent Search. They're just one big win away from a recording contract, and then...well, watch out, gospel music!

When Diamond first...


The Legend of Buddy Bush

by Shelia P. Moses Margaret K. McElderry Books (November 12, 2013)

Celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of Shelia P. Moses’s National Book Award finalist and Coretta Scott King Honoree, The Legend of Buddy Bush, with this new edition of a classic novel that’s more relevant...


Street Pharm

by Allison Van Diepen Simon Pulse (September 03, 2013)

Ty Johnson knows survival. Since inheriting his pop’s business at sixteen, Ty’s developed smarts, skills, and mad discipline. The supply game’s in his blood. And life is pretty sweet when you’re on top....


Lockdown

by Walter Dean Myers Amistad (February 02, 2010)

When I first got to Progress, it freaked me out to be locked in a room and unable to get out. But after a while, when you got to thinking about it, you knew nobody could get in, either.

It seems as if the only...


The Contender

by Robert Lipsyte HarperTeen (January 26, 2010)

The breakthrough modern sports novel The Contender shows readers the true meaning of being a hero.

This acclaimed novel by celebrated sportswriter Robert Lipsyte, the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award...


Tags

by Walter Dean Myers HarperTeen (March 05, 2013)

From Walter Dean Myers, the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, comes this 20-page one-act play. Tags is a look at life and death in New York City, complete with a shocking end.

Four New York City teens...


Stars and Sparks on Stage

by Sharon M. Draper & Jesse Joshua Watson Aladdin (September 04, 2012)

The Clubhouse kids compete for a big prize—and make some creative moves—in this repackaged and talent-filled tale from bestselling author Sharon Draper.

Ziggy, Jerome, Rashawn, and Rico are sure they’re...


Just South of Home

by Karen Strong Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 07, 2019)

“Readers of Turnage’s Three Times Lucky will appreciate this well-wrought, atmospheric mystery.” —BCCB

“A stirring Southern middle grade book that burns brighter than fireworks on the Fourth.” —...


Travels with Louis

by Mick Carlon Leapfrog Press (September 04, 2012)

The warm-hearted story of Louis Armstrong and 12-year-old Fred, who learns about jazz—and life—from the great musician himself.


The Backyard Animal Show

by Sharon M. Draper & Jesse Joshua Watson Aladdin (July 24, 2012)

Animals abound in this freshly repackaged and adventure-filled story from bestselling author Sharon Draper!

After witnessing a tragic accident in which a doe is killed, the boys in the Clubhouse Mysteries gang...


Diary of a Smart Black Kid

by Taylor Ii M David HOUSE OF DT BOOKS (December 26, 2017)

Baron Winters faces life as an 11 year old.

He knows that going into sixth grade being smart, black and a geek comes with a lot of challenges. Not the least of which is bullets, bullies and parents.

And girls....


Slump

by Kevin Waltman Cinco Puntos Press (September 22, 2014)

"Waltman's series opener [Next] (first of a planned four) features plenty of basketball action fueled by hoops slang that will set basketball-mad readers right onto the court. . . . The author avoids slam-dunk...


Next

by Kevin Waltman Cinco Puntos Press (November 18, 2013)

In Indiana, basketball is the next thing to religion. Especially for inner-city black kids like Derrick Bowen. He's a 6'3" freshman, lightning quick, and he can slam the rock. He wants to start at point guard...


Hey Black Child

by Useni Eugene Perkins & Bryan Collier Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (November 14, 2017)

Six-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Bryan Collier brings this classic, inspirational poem to life, written by poet Useni Eugene Perkins.

Hey black child,Do you know...


Copper Sun

by Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 19, 2012)

Stolen from her village, sold to the highest bidder,

fifteen-year-old Amari has only one thing left of her own -- hope.

Amari's life was once perfect. Engaged to the handsomest man in her tribe, adored by her...


Uncle Tom’s Cabin

by Harriet Beecher Stowe Dancing Unicorn Books (June 05, 2017)

Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly is an anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Published in 1852, the novel helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War. The sentimental novel...


Quicks

by Kevin Waltman Cinco Puntos Press (January 15, 2017)

Senior Year. Glory time! But nothing’s easy. Girls. Family. The rehabbed knee. And there’s this white guy. S’up with that?


Valedictorian

by Guy Lodge & Orlando M. Jones Learn 2 Read Read 2 Learn LLC (May 08, 2017)

Maya and Mahlia have front-row seats as they watch their eldest sister Maelyn achieve her goal of becoming valedictorian of her school. Follow Maya as she teaches her younger sister, Mahlia, everything she has...


Valedictorian

by Guy Lodge & Orlando M. Jones Learn 2 Read Read 2 Learn LLC (May 08, 2017)

Maya and Mahlia have front-row seats as they watch their eldest sister Maelyn achieve her goal of becoming valedictorian of her school. Follow Maya as she teaches her younger sister, Mahlia, everything she has...


Nobody's Family is Going to Change

by Louise Fitzhugh Lizzie Skurnick Books (March 07, 2016)

In the world of children's literature, Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy and The Long Secret are widely recognized as epoch-making. They have been received by young readers, year after year, with excitement...


Yes I Can

by Evelyn S. Thompson & Ted Rubal Evelyn S. Thompson, PhD (January 16, 2017)

Yes I Can puts together stories inspired by the first President of color, Barrack Obama. They seek to encourage children of color and mixed heritage to set goals, work hard and know that all things are attainable;...


All the Right Stuff

by Walter Dean Myers HarperTeen (April 24, 2012)

New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers tackles the social contract from a teen’s perspective in his novel All the Right Stuff. In one of his most thought-provoking novels to date, Myers weaves...


The Space Mission Adventure

by Sharon M. Draper & Jesse Joshua Watson Aladdin (March 20, 2012)

Ziggy and his friends blast off to space camp in this freshly repackaged chapter book from bestselling author Sharon Draper!

Ziggy and his friends are excited to be going to Space Camp, where they’ll get to...


Riding on Duke's Train

by Mick Carlon Leapfrog Press (December 13, 2011)

Hitch a ride with Duke Ellington and his band as they play their music across America and Europe in 1939.


Pollyana

by Eleanor H. Porter Dancing Unicorn Books (December 02, 2016)

Pollyanna Whittier, is a young orphan who goes to live in Beldingsville, Vermont, with her wealthy but stern Aunt Polly. Pollyanna's philosophy of life centers on what she calls "The Glad Game", an optimistic...


DJ Rising

by Love Maia Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (February 06, 2012)

The first thing I hear is music. The first thing I've always heard is music.

Meet Marley, an unassuming high school junior who breathes in music like oxygen. In between caring for his heroin-addicted mother,...


Never Stop Singing: A Melody Classic 2

by Denise Lewis Patrick & Juliana Kolesova American Girl (June 23, 2016)

Melody Ellison just turned ten, and she's dreaming of new ways to make her community a better place! When her pastor issues a New Year's challenge, she decides to fix up a neighborhood playground and plant a...


Music in My Heart: My Journey with Melody

by Erin Falligant & Denise Lewis Patrick American Girl (June 23, 2016)

What would it be like if a girl suddenly found herself in Melody Ellison's world in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s? Together, she and Melody could speak up about fairness, join a demonstration,...


Melody Ellison 3-Book Set

by Denise Lewis Patrick & Erin Falligant American Girl (June 23, 2016)

Girls can enjoy adventures with Melody Ellison in this three-book boxed set. They'll have a front-row seat to the budding Motown music scene, discover what it means to raise your voice, and see what big changes...


Calico Girl

by Jerdine Nolen Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (February 14, 2017)

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2017

“Nolen’s tender story of the Wilcomb family’s losses and aspirations will resonate. At once heartbreaking and uplifting, a gentle, lyrical story of a determined black...


The Sweetest Sound

by Sherri Winston Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (January 03, 2017)

A story of family, faith, and following your heart

For ten-year-old Cadence Jolly, birthdays are a constant reminder of all that has changed since her mother skipped town with dreams of becoming a star. Cadence...


Joseph

by Shelia P. Moses Margaret K. McElderry Books (October 28, 2008)

For Joseph Flood, life is tough. Tough because of Mama's addiction to drugs and alcohol. Tough because Daddy is away with the army fighting in Iraq. Tough because it looks like there's no way out once you're...


Veronique

by Victoria Christopher Murray Pocket Books (March 17, 2009)

New York City -- are you ready for the Divine Divas? Because these teenage gospel music sensations are ready for you!

Veronique wants to be a star just as much as her fellow Divas do, but there's more to it...


Frederick Douglass

by George E. Stanley & Meryl Henderson Aladdin (July 01, 2008)

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery. He was separated from his family when he was young, worked day and night, and was beaten for no other reason than the color of his skin. How could anyone ever overcome...