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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)

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds, a “funny and rewarding” (Publishers Weekly) coming-of-age novel about friendship and loyalty across neighborhood lines and the hardship of life for...


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.

But one...


Lockdown

by Walter Dean Myers Amistad (February 02, 2010)

Lockdown is the powerful tale of fourteen-year-old Reese Anderson, who has spent 22 months in a tiny cell at a “progress center.” Living in fear and isolation, Reese begins looking within himself to find...


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...


A Place Inside of Me

by Zetta Elliott & Noa Denmon Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (July 20, 2020)

In this powerful, affirming poem by award-winning author Zetta Elliott, a Black child explores his shifting emotions throughout the year.

There is a place inside of me

a space deep down inside of me

where all...


Spellbound

by Janet McDonald Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (August 01, 2011)

In Janet McDonald's powerful and funny novel, a smart and resilient young woman whose life isn't what she dreamed it would be learns that there are many ways to spell SUCCESS.

Raven's life has been derailed....


Ghost Boys

by Jewell Parker Rhodes & Miles Harvey Hachette Book Group (April 17, 2018)

A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Only the living can make the world better....


Finding My Place

by Traci L. Jones Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (May 24, 2010)

After moving to an affluent suburb of Denver in 1975, ninth-grader Tiphanie, the only Black girl in her new high school, feels out of place until she befriends another outsider--Jackie Sue, whose "trailer trash"...


Underground

by Jean Ferris Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (October 15, 2007)

In 1839, visitors from miles around come to Kentucky to tour Mammoth Cave. But sixteen-year-old Charlotte, the maid at Mammoth Cave Hotel, doesn't understand its appeal. As a slave, she is already trapped, and...


Jada Sly, Artist & Spy

by Sherri Winston Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 13, 2019)

Jada Sly, a hilarious and spunky artist and spy, explores New York City on a mission to find her mom in this "fast paced, fun" illustrated novel from an acclaimed author (School Library Connection).

Ten-year-old...


How High the Moon

by Karyn Parsons Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (March 04, 2019)

To Kill a Mockingbird meets One Crazy Summer in this powerful, bittersweet debut about one girl's journey to reconnect with her mother and learn the truth about her father in the tumultuous times of the Jim...


Ghost Boys

by Jewell Parker Rhodes Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 16, 2018)

A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Only the living can make the world better....


The Sweetest Sound

by Sherri Winston Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (January 02, 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 singing star....


Black Is a Rainbow Color

by Angela Joy & Ekua Holmes Roaring Brook Press (January 13, 2020)

A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.

Green sits next to blue.

Yellow, orange,...


Chocolate Me!

by Taye Diggs & Shane W. Evans Feiwel & Friends (September 26, 2011)

A timely book about how it feels to be teased and taunted, and how each of us is sweet and lovely and delicious on the inside, no matter how we look.

The boy is teased for looking different than the other kids....


Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO

by Tamara Pizzoli & Federico Fabiani Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (July 29, 2019)

Hilarious and smart, Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO is a modern take on the classic tooth fairy story by Tamara Pizzoli with illustrations by Federico Fabiani that is perfect for powerful little leaders ready...


Great Escapes #2: Journey to Freedom, 1838

by Sherri Winston & Joniece Abbott-Pratt HarperCollins (April 28, 2020)

Are you ready for some of the most exciting, death-defying escape stories ever told? Perfect for fans of the I Survived series, the second installment in a brand-new, edge-of-your-seat series based on real events!...


The People Could Fly

by Virginia Hamilton & Andrew L. Barnes Blackstone Publishing (December 01, 2011)

Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002), a giant in the world of children's literature, was the first African-American woman to win a Newbery Medal and the first children's book author to be awarded a MacArthur Genius...


Uncle Tom's Cabin

by Harriet Beecher Stowe & Bobbie Frohman Alcazar AudioWorks (February 20, 2014)

Based on the classic 1852 novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe re-tells the story to allow young readers a glimpse into the darker side of American history.

Uncle Tom's Cabin was the bestselling novel...


War Comes to Willy Freeman

by James Lincoln Collier, Christopher Collier & Sean Crisden Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2013)

Willy Freeman's life changes forever when she witnesses her father's death at the hands of the Redcoats and returns home to find that the British have taken her mother as a prisoner to New York City. Willy,...


Stealing Freedom

by Elisa Carbone & Robin Miles Blackstone Publishing (February 01, 2012)

Inspired bya true story, this is the riveting novel of a young slave girl's harrowingescape to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

The momentAnn Maria Weems was born, her freedom was stolen from her. Like her...


Jump Ship to Freedom

How High the Moon

by Karyn Parsons & Sisi Aisha Johnson Little, Brown Young Readers (March 05, 2019)

To Kill a Mockingbird meets One Crazy Summer in this powerful, bittersweet debut about one girl's journey to reconnect with her mother and learn the truth about her father in the tumultuous times of the Jim...


Hey Black Child

by Useni Eugene Perkins, Bryan Collier & Pe'Tehn Raighn-Kem Jackson Little, Brown 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...


The 5 O'Clock Band

by Troy Andrews & Bryan Collier Abrams Books for Young Readers (June 18, 2018)

In this companion to the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winning Trombone Shorty, join a scrappy young musician named Shorty on a tour of his beloved New Orleans. After letting his band down by...


For Black Girls Like Me

by Mariama J. Lockington Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (July 29, 2019)

In this lyrical coming-of-age story about family, sisterhood, music, race, and identity, Mariama J. Lockington draws on some of the emotional truths from her own experiences growing up with an adoptive white...


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 going...


Just South of Home

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

A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019

“A stirring Southern middle grade book that burns brighter than fireworks on the Fourth.” --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A must for readers who appreciate...


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.


Thank You, Omu!

by Oge Mora Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 02, 2018)

In this remarkable author-illustrator debut that's perfect for fans of Last Stop on Market Street and Extra Yarn as well as for the Thanksgiving season, a generous woman is rewarded by her community.

Everyone...


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....