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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,...


Stella by Starlight

by Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 06, 2015)

Sharon M. Draper presents “storytelling at its finest” (School Library Journal, starred review) in this New York Times bestselling Depression-era novel about a young girl who must learn to be brave in the...


Casey Templeton Mysteries 2-Book Bundle: Hate Cell / Old Bones

by Gwen Molnar Dundurn (September 23, 2014)

Thirteen-year-old Albertan Casey Templeton has a nose for adventure and sniffs out two different but dangerous crimes in this special 2-book series bundle.


Gone Crazy in Alabama

by Rita Williams-Garcia Quill Tree Books (April 21, 2015)

The Coretta Scott King Award–winning Gone Crazy in Alabama by Newbery Honor and New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of the Gaither sisters as they travel from the streets...


Zom-B Circus

by Darren Shan Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 09, 2014)

This horrifying exclusive eNovella is a thrilling companion to bestselling author Darren Shan's Zom-B series!

Cat Ward believes that the world punishes the weak. As a high school teacher, she has witnessed the...


Infinite Sky

by C. J. Flood Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 20, 2014)

True love is never lost--but how much loss can it endure? Iris confronts the complexities of family and prejudice in this exquisite and searing debut novel whose "understated, gently embellished prose cuts to...


Call Me By My Name

by John Ed Bradley Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 06, 2014)

From former football star and bestselling author John Ed Bradley comes a searing look at love, life, and football in the face of racial adversity. "Heartbreaking," says Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak...


Camo Girl

by Kekla Magoon Aladdin (January 04, 2011)

Set in the modern-day suburbs of Las Vegas, a young girl finds herself caught between two worlds. She is drawn to the popular new boy--the only other black student in the school--but also loyal to her BFF, a...


Saving Kabul Corner

by N. H. Senzai Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (February 04, 2014)

From Afghanistan to America, family matters most in this "empowering mystery" (Publishers Weekly), a companion to Shooting Kabul, which Kirkus Reviews called a "story with much to offer."

A rough and tumble tomboy,...


Maniac Magee

by Jerry Spinelli Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (January 28, 2014)

A Newbery Medal winning modern classic about a racially divided small town and a boy who runs.

Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee might have lived a normal life if a freak accident hadn't made him an orphan. After...


The Secret of the Sealed Room

by Bailey MacDonald Aladdin (October 05, 2010)

The play's the thing . . .

To the outside world, Tom Pryne is an orphan traveling Elizabethan England with his uncle's theater troupe. In actuality, "Tom" is Viola, in disguise because her parents' Catholic sympathies...


Weedflower

by Cynthia Kadohata Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 30, 2008)

Twelve-year-old Sumiko feels her life has been made up of two parts: before Pearl Harbor and after it. The good part and the bad part. Raised on a flower farm in California, Sumiko is used to being the only...


Beautiful

by Amy Reed Simon Pulse (October 06, 2009)

When thirteen-year-old Cassie moves to a suburb of Seattle, she is determined to leave her boring, good-girl existence behind. She chooses some dangerous new friends and is quickly caught up in their fast-paced...


The Rock and the River

by Kekla Magoon Aladdin (January 06, 2009)

In this “taut, eloquent first novel” (Booklist starred review) and winner of the Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe Award, a young Black boy wrestles with conflicting notions of revolution and family loyalty...


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...


Sunday You Learn How to Box

by Bil Wright Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 27, 2013)

Strength and resilience fuel an urban teen's fight for survival in this acclaimed novel from Bil Wright that "delivers a knock-out punch" (Venus Magazine).

Fourteen-year-old Louis Bowman lives in a boxing ring--a...


Ashes of Roses

by MJ Auch Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (September 02, 2013)

The honest and compelling story of a young girl's newfound independence, from her entrance into a new country to her frightening involvement in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911.

My heart filled with...


Angry Management

by Chris Crutcher Greenwillow Books (September 07, 2010)

Chris Crutcher fills these three stories with raw emotion. They are about insecurity, anger, and prejudice. But they are also about love, freedom, and power. About surviving. And hope.

Every kid in this group...


A Moment Comes

by Jennifer Bradbury Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 25, 2013)

“Historical fiction that brings its history to bloody, poignant life: rare and notable.” --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Before India was divided, three teens, each from wildly different backgrounds, cross...


No Turning Back: A Novel of South Africa

by Beverley Naidoo HarperCollins (June 08, 2010)

Escaping from his violent stepfather, twelve-year-old Sipho heads for Johannesburg, where he has heard that gangs of children live on the streets. Surviving hunger and bitter-cold winter nights is hard'but learning...


Borderline

by Allan Stratton HarperTeen (March 09, 2010)

The truth is closing in.

Life's not easy for Sami Sabiri since his dad stuck him at a private school where he's the only Muslim kid. But it's about to get a lot worse.

When Sami catches his father in a lie, he...


Running Loose

by Chris Crutcher Greenwillow Books (September 22, 2009)

Louie Banks has it made.

He's got a starting spot on the football team, good friends, and a smart, beautiful girlfriend who loves him as much as he loves her.

Early in the fall, he sees all his ideas of fair play...


Guardian

by Julius Lester HarperCollins (June 16, 2009)

There are times when a tree can no longer withstand the pain inflicted on it, and the wind will take pity on that tree and topple it over in a mighty storm. All the other trees who witnessed the evil look down...


Sugar

by Jewell Parker Rhodes Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 07, 2013)

From Jewell Parker Rhodes, the author of Towers Falling and Ninth Ward (a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and a Today show Al's Book Club for Kids pick) comes a tale of a strong, spirited young girl who rises...


The Liberty Circle

by Phil Campagna Napoleon and Co (May 01, 2000)

Life at home isn't easy for sixteen-year-old Corey. When he sees an ad for a retreat called Camp Liberty, he can't wait to get away. But Corey has no idea of what he's in for, as he and his fellow campers are...


Trial By Fire

by Sheila Dalton Napoleon and Co (November 01, 1998)

Raised by a white mother and never having known his native father, Nathan must cope with prejudice and stereotypes. When he meets Sally, he finds someone who believes in him. But when Sally's house torched by...


Black Brother, Black Brother

by Jewell Parker Rhodes Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (March 02, 2020)

From award-winning and bestselling author, Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful coming-of-age story about two brothers, one who presents as white, the other as black, and the complex ways in which they are...


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...


My Life with the Lincolns

by Gayle Brandeis Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (March 15, 2010)

My dad used to be Abraham Lincoln. When I was six and learning to read, I saw his initials were A. B. E., Albert Baruch Edelman. ABE. That's when I knew.

Mina Edelman believes that she and her family are the...


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....


A Song Below Water

by Bethany C. Morrow Tor Teen (June 01, 2020)

Bethany C. Morrow's A Song Below Water is the story for today's readers -- a captivating modern fantasy about black sirens, friendship, and self-discovery set against the challenges of today's racism and sexism....


Me and Rupert Goody

by Barbara O'Connor Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (March 23, 2003)

Learning to share love

Things at Jennalee's house are just plain crazy, which is why she loves her predictable days helping Uncle Beau (who isn't really her uncle) at his general store. But then Rupert Goody...


Refugee 87

by Ele Fountain Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (June 03, 2019)

A young refugee crosses continents in this timely, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting novel of survival.

Shif has a happy life, unfamiliar with the horrors of his country's regime. He is one of the smartest...


Katt vs. Dogg

by James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein & Anuki L¿pez jimmy patterson (March 31, 2019)

For anyone who loves cats, dogs (or both!), James Patterson's most pawsome story ever is set in a society defined by the oldest rivalry in the world: katts versus doggs!

Oscar is a happy dogg---a rambunctious...


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....


President of the Whole Sixth Grade: Girl Code

by Sherri Winston Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (March 05, 2018)

Go-getter Brianna Justice is back and on assignment with her local newspaper in this third book in the popular President series!

When budding middle school journalist Brianna Justice learns that Yavonka Steele,...


Towers Falling

by Jewell Parker Rhodes Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (July 11, 2016)

From award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful novel set fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks in a classroom of students who cannot remember the event but live through the aftermath of its cultural...


Mixed: A Colorful Story

by Arree Chung Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (July 02, 2018)

The reds, the yellows, and the blues all think they're the best in this vibrant, thought-provoking picture book from Arree Chung, with a message of acceptance and unity.

In the beginning, there were three colors...


Mixed Me!

by Taye Diggs & Shane W. Evans Feiwel & Friends (October 05, 2015)

Mom and Dad say I'm a blend of dark and light:

"We mixed you perfectly, and got you just right."

Mike has awesome hair. He has LOTS of energy! His parents love him. And Mike is a PERFECT blend of the two of them....


They Came

by Mark Tatulli Roaring Brook Press (July 09, 2018)

Mark Tatulli, a comic artist and the creator of Lio and Heart of the City, uses bold colors and modern art in They Came, a charming tale about acceptance, sharing, and speaking up for what is right.

When a spaceship...


The Forgiveness Garden

by Lauren Thompson & Christy Hale Feiwel & Friends (October 29, 2012)

A long time ago and far away--although it could be here, and it could be now--a boy threw a stone and injured a girl. For as long as anyone could remember, their families had been enemies, and their towns as...


The Middler

by Kirsty Applebaum Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (April 13, 2020)

Beyond the mysterious boundary of eleven-year-old Maggie's town, the Quiet War rages and the dirty, dangerous wanderers roam--a gripping debut for fans of The Giver, Pax, and Orphan Island

"The Middler held one...


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....


American as Paneer Pie

by Supriya Kelkar Aladdin (June 09, 2020)

An Indian American girl navigates prejudice in her small town and learns the power of her own voice in this brilliant gem of a middle grade novel full of humor and heart, perfect for fans of Front Desk and Amina’s...


Something to Say

by Lisa Moore Ramée & Sisi A. Johnson Balzer + Bray (July 14, 2020)

From the author of A Good Kind of Trouble, a Walter Dean Myers Honor Book, comes another unforgettable story about finding your voice--and finding your people. Perfect for fans of Sharon Draper, Meg Medina,...


A Ceiling Made of Eggshells

by Gail Carson Levine & Carlotta Brentan Quill Tree Books (May 12, 2020)

In A Ceiling Made of Eggshells, Newbery Honor-winning author Gail Carson Levine tells a moving and ambitious story set during the expulsion of Jews from Spain, about a young Jewish girl full of heart who must...


I Can Make This Promise

by Christine Day & Kyla Garcia Quill Tree Books (October 01, 2019)

In her debut middle grade novel--inspired by her family's history--Christine Day tells the story of a girl who uncovers her family's secrets--and finds her own Native American identity.

All her life, Edie has...


Stella by Starlight

by Sharon M. Draper & Heather Alicia Simms Simon & Schuster Audio (January 06, 2015)

2016 Audie Award Finalist for Middle Grade

Sharon M. Draper presents “storytelling at its finest” (School Library Journal, starred review) in this New York Times bestselling Depression-era novel about a young...


All American Boys

by Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely, Guy Lockard & Keith Nobbs Simon & Schuster Audio (September 29, 2015)

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book, and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature.

In this New York Times bestselling novel, two teens--one black, one white--grapple...