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					                                            OUSD Middle and High School High Interest Culturally Relevant Titles                                         updated 9/27/11




Lexile   AR Gr. Adult     Graphic/
                                   Series       Title                        Genre     Last       First     Summary
Level    Lvl    Content   Picture

                                                                                                            A child describes how each person in the family has hair that looks and acts different, Papa's like a
   190      2.5           Picture               Hairs/Pelitos                Fiction   Cisneros   Sandra
                                                                                                            broom, Kiki's like fur, and Mama's with the smell of warm bread.
   200      2.2           Picture               Nappy Hair                   Fiction   Herron     Carolivia Various people at a backyard picnic offer their comments on a young girl's “nappy” hair?
                                                                                                            After being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins are separated and lost in a vast, uncharted
                                                Bone Series (#1 Out from
   360      2.4           Graphic     yes                                    Fiction   Smith      Jeff      desert. One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying
                                                Boneville)
                                                                                                            creatures.
                                                                                                            The author shares the story of her life in Iran, where she lived from age 6 - 14, while the country came
                                                Persepolis: The Story of a
   380      3.3 yes       Graphic     yes                                    Non-fictionSatrapi   Marjane   under the control of fundamentalist rebels, then in Persepolis 2, describes her experience abroad as a
                                                Childhood
                                                                                                            young woman.
                                                                                                            The author shares the story of her life in Iran, where she lived from age 6 - 14, while the country came
   500 ?          yes     ?           yes       Persepolis: Persepolis 2     Non-fictionSatrapi   Marjane   under the control of fundamentalist rebels, then in Persepolis 2, describes her experience abroad as a
                                                                                                            young woman.
   500      3.4 yes                             Street Pharm                 Fiction   van Diepen Allison   Set in Brooklyn, this urban drama depicts Ty's life as a 17-year-old drug dealer.
                                                                                                            Freddy James Johnson becomes the man of the family when his Dad decides to leave.
                                                                                                  Ronder
   530      3.1                                 Moving Mama to Town          Fiction   Young
                                                                                                  Thomas

                                                                                                            Chanda, a teenage African girl, must save her younger siblings after they area kidnapped and forced to
   530      3.5                                 Chanda's Wars                Fiction   Stratton   Allan
                                                                                                            serve as child soldiers.
                                                                                                            At South Bay High School, it's mixed territory for the Crips and the Bloods, which means the drama
   530      3.7 yes                             Snitch                       Fiction   van Diepen Allison   never stops. Julia wants none of it--until Eric jumps into her life. The plot contains profanity, sexual
                                                                                                            situations, and drug use.
                                                                                                            Adam races to help a friend when a shooter opens fire at the school, but despite his efforts, his life is
   550      3.6 yes                             Lockdown                     Fiction   Tullson    Diane
                                                                                                            forever changed.
                                                                                                          Half-Indian, half-Irish, Zits is 15: he never knew his alcoholic father; his mother died when he was six;
                                                                                                          his aunt kicked him out when he was 10 (after he set her sleeping boyfriend on fire because the
   550      3.7 yes                             Flight                       Fiction   Alexie     Sherman boyfriend had been forcing Zits to have sex). Running away from his 20th foster home, Zits ends up,
                                                                                                          briefly, in jail; soon after, he enters a bank, shoots several people and is shot dead himself. Zits then
                                                                                                          begins time-traveling inside the bodies of other people.
                                                                                                            New York City breakdancer Nicole falls in love with Zin, a fellow dancer, but an ancient secret forces
   550      3.8                                 Raven                        Fiction   van Diepen Allison
                                                                                                            Zin to keep his distance from Nicole, despite his growing feelings for her.
                                                                                                            When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes
   550      3.9 yes                             Thirteen Reasons Why         Fiction   Asher      Jay       recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a heartbreaking night listening
                                                                                                            to her recount the events leading up to her death.
                                                                                                            After a bulletin board falls on Stanley while he's sleeping, he finds that being flat has its advantages.
   550        4                       yes       Flat Stanley                 Fiction   Brown      Jeff
                                                                                                            This is the first book in a series.
                                                                                                            A smart young Ethiopian shepherd boy uses his brains to gain a fortune for himself and his sister from
   550      4.2                                 Fire on the Mountain         Fiction   Kurtz      Jane
                                                                                                            an arrogant rich man.
                                                                                                            In this story about popularity, the courage to stay unique, and the thrill of first love, a new student
   590      4.2                                 Stargirl                     Fiction   Spinelli   Jerry
                                                                                                            named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.

                                                                                                            Elie tells the story of experiencing the Nazi concentration camp as a teenage boy. His memories of the
   590      4.8                                 Night                        Non-fictionWiesel    Elie
                                                                                                            nightmare make him question how the God he believed in could allow such terrible things to happen.

                                                The Absolutely True Diary of                             Junior leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white school where the
   600        4 yes       (illustrations)                                    Fiction    Alexie   Sherman
                                                a Part-Time Indian                                       only other Indian is the school mascot.
                                                Cesar Chavez: Fighter in the                             This book profiles Cesar Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers, focusing on his fight for
   600      4.2                                                              Non-fictionMatthews J.L.
                                                Fields                                                   Mexican Americans, farm workers, and justice through strikes and demonstrations.
                                          OUSD Middle and High School High Interest Culturally Relevant Titles                                      updated 9/27/11




Lexile   AR Gr. Adult     Graphic/
                                   Series     Title                       Genre     Last      First    Summary
Level    Lvl    Content   Picture

                                                                                                       Desta's father, who needs to return briefly to his Ethiopian homeland, describes what it was like for him
   610      3.6           Picture             Faraway Home                Fiction   Kurtz     Jane
                                                                                                       growing up there.
                                                                                              Walter   After taking on the leadership of the Harlem gang, the Scorpions, Jamal find his enemies treat him with
   610      3.7                               Scorpions                   Fiction   Meyers
                                                                                              Dean     respect when he gets a gun--until tragedy strikes.

                                                                                              Walter   16 year old Crystal is on the way to being a star model, but the world of money, glamour, fame, and
   610      4.3 yes                           Crystal                     Fiction   Meyers
                                                                                              Dean     celebrities both excites and disturbs her. The pressure builds when a movie writer tries to seduce her.

                                                                                                       Fourth-graders Hank, Ashley, and Frankie are excitedly preparing for a magic show at the Rock 'N
   610      4.3                     yes       Niagra Falls, Or Does It?   Fiction   Winkler   Henry    Bowl when Hank's creative alternative to an English essay lands him in detention and grounded the
                                                                                                       week of the show. Book #1
                                                                                                       Romiette, an African-American girl, and Julio, a Latino boy, discover that they attend the same high
   610      4.7                               Romiette and Julio          Fiction   Draper    Sharon   school after meeting on the internet. When they begin a romance they not only must deal with their
                                                                                                       parents' prejudices, but also the local gang, known as The Family.
                                                                                                       After being acquitted of murdering the owner of a grocery store, Imamu Jones is released into the
   620      4.3                               The Disappearance           Fiction   Guy       Rosa     custody of the Aimsley family. Things seem to be looking up unitl the Aimsleys' youngest daughter
                                                                                                       disappears. And Imamu is the prime suspect.
                                                                                              Walter   A teenage boy goes on a trip with his father, who has recently escaped from prison. The trip turns out
   640      4.4                               Somewhere in the Darkness Fiction     Meyers
                                                                                              Dean     to be a time of discovery, often painful, for them both.
                                                                                                       Two boys who are best friends visit an illegal freak show, where an encounter with a vampire and a
   650      4.8                     yes       Cirque du Freak Series      Fiction   Shan      Darren   deadly spider forces them to make life-changing choices. This text is also published as A LIVING
                                                                                                       NIGHTMARE.
                                                                                                       Welkin Quinn has always dreamed of setting foot on Earth, and when his transport ship crashes into
   650      5.1                               Earthborn                   Fiction   Waugh     Sylvia   the Earth, he gets his chance, but his dream soon turns into a nightmare when he encounters the
                                                                                                       Earthborn.

                                                                                                       As Kofi, Arielle, Dana, November, and Jericho face personal challenges during their last year of high
   660      4.3                               Just Another Hero           Fiction   Draper    Sharon
                                                                                                       school when a misunderstood student brings a gun to class and demands to be taken seriously.

                                                                                                       As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative,
   660      4.6                               Holes                       Fiction   Sachar    Louis
                                                                                                       Stanley is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert.
                                                                                                       Celie is a woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is
   670        4 yes                           The Color Purple            Fiction   Walker    Alice    being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and
                                                                                                       continuing over the course of her abusive marriage to "Mister."
                                                                                                       13 year old Maleeka gets bullied because of her dark skin, but when a new teacher rolls into town,
   670      4.1                               The Skin I'm In             Fiction   Flake     Sharon
                                                                                                       Maleeka must decide whether she's going to love herself or follow the crowd.
                                                                                              Walter   16 year old Steve is on trial as an accomplice to the fatal shooting of a store owner. But was Steve
   670      5.1                               Monster                     Fiction   Myers
                                                                                              Dean     really the lookout, or was he just in the wrong place at the wrong time?
                                                                                                       Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-
   680      4.3                               Mexican Whiteboy            Fiction   de la Pena Matt    white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys
                                                                                                       of San Diego County, California.
                                                                                                       Paul is haunted by the mysterious reason for his near-blindness, but when he moves to the town of
   680      4.3                               Tangerine                   Fiction   Bloor     Edward   Tangerine, he finds he can be a star soccer player even with his disability. What will he do when he
                                                                                                       learns the truth behind the secrets, even his own?
                                                                                              Walter   A teenager from Harlem struggles to save his girlfriend when she develops a drug problem while he is
   680      4.7                               The Beast                   Fiction   Myers
                                                                                              Dean     away at a Connecticut private school.
                                         OUSD Middle and High School High Interest Culturally Relevant Titles                                       updated 9/27/11




Lexile   AR Gr. Adult     Graphic/
                                   Series    Title                       Genre     Last       First     Summary
Level    Lvl    Content   Picture

                                                                                                        Lamed and suddenly orphaned, Kira is mysteriously removed from her squalid village to live in the
   680        5                              Gathering Blue              Fiction   Lowry      Lois      palace, where she is expected to use her gifts as a weaver to do the bidding of the all-powerful
                                                                                                        Guardians.
                                                                                                        10 year old Drita and her family, refugees from Kosovo, move to New York, where Drita is teased
   690      3.9                              Drita, My Homegirl          Fiction   Lombard    Jenny     about not speaking English well, but after Maxine is forced to learn about Kosova as punishment for
                                                                                                        teasing, the two girls become friends.
                                                                                                        Three years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is trying hard to keep his life on track.
   690      4.2                              Small Steps                 Fiction   Sachar     Louis     But when his old pal X-Ray shows up with a tempting plan to make some easy money scalping concert
                                                                                                        tickets, Armpit reluctantly goes along.
                                                                                                        While working on a project for an after-school club, Julia, a Korean American girl, and her friend
                                                                                              Linda
   690      4.3                              Project Mulberry            Fiction   Park                 Patrick learn not just about silkworms but also about tolerance, prejudice, friendship, patience, and
                                                                                              Sue
                                                                                                        more.
                                                                                              Laurie
   690      4.5 yes                          Speak                       Fiction   Anderson             A traumatic event over the summer has a terrible effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.
                                                                                              Halse

   700      4.3                              The Road to Paris           Fiction   Grimes     Nikki     Upset at being separated from her brother, 8 year old Paris is worried about her new foster family.

                                                                                                        Korean American high school student Joyce feels like a nobody compared to her beautiful older sister,
   700      4.6                              The Fold                    Fiction   Na         An        and when her aunt offers to pay for plastic surgery, she jumps at the chance, thinking it will change her
                                                                                                        life for the better.
                                                                                                        A high school junior and his cousin suffer the consequences of joining what seems to be a regular
   700      4.7                              Battle of Jericho           Fiction   Draper     Sharon
                                                                                                        school club.
                                                                                                        One by one, a number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash filled inner-city lot
   710      4.3                              Seedfolks                   Fiction   Fleischman Paul
                                                                                                        into a productive and beautiful garden.
                                                                                              Octavia   Lauren Olamina flees her neighborhood when it is overrun by addicts and scavengers. Now she must
   710      4.6 yes                          Parable of the Sower        Fiction   Butler
                                                                                              E.        face the world outside.
                                                                                                        When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney,
   710      5.1                              Hope Was Here               Fiction   Bauer      Joan      Wisconsin, to work at the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved in the political campaign to
                                                                                                        get rid the town's corrupt mayor.
                                                                                                        Kristina is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. Then she meets the
   720      4.3 yes                yes       Crank/Glass/Fallout/Impulse Fiction   Hopkins    Ellen     monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ride turns into a struggle for her mind, her soul—her life.
                                                                                                        (This book is the first in a series.)

                                                                                                        Seeing no way out of his difficult life in Harlem, seventeen-year-old Jeremy "Lil J" Dance flees into a
                                                                                              Walter
   720      4.5 yes                          Dope Sick                   Fiction   Myers                house after a bad drug deal and meets a strange man who tells Lil J that he could have made better
                                                                                              Dean
                                                                                                        choices. The plot contains profanity and violence.

                                                                                              Alan
   720      4.7                              Hip Hop High School         Fiction   Sitomer             This book follows an African American teenager through four years at her inner-city high school.
                                                                                              Lawrence
                                                                                                        Lebanese Australian Jamilah, known in school as Jamie, hides her heritage from her classmates and
   720      4.8                              Ten Things I Hate About Me Fiction               R
                                                                                   Abdel-Fattah anda    tries to pass by dyeing her hair blonde and wearing blue-tinted contact lenses, until her feelings
                                                                                                        become too much for her to bear.
                                                                                                       When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets
                                                                                              Stepheni
   720      4.9 yes                yes       Twilight Series             Fiction   Meyer               an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she
                                                                                              e
                                                                                                       comes to realize is not wholly human. Book #1
                                                                                              Walter   Teenage Reese, serving time in juvie, gets a lesson in making it through hard times from an unlikely
   730      4.7 yes                          Lockdown                    Fiction   Myers
                                                                                              Dean     friend. The plot contains profanity and graphic violence.
                                         OUSD Middle and High School High Interest Culturally Relevant Titles                                          updated 9/27/11




Lexile   AR Gr. Adult     Graphic/
                                   Series    Title                         Genre     Last       First     Summary
Level    Lvl    Content   Picture

                                                                                                Walter
   740      4.6                              Hoops                         Fiction   Meyers               17 year old Lonnie Jackson hopes that basketball will be his ticket out of Harlem.
                                                                                                Dean
                                                                                                          In spite of everything his grandmother has taught him about witches, a young boy gets turned into a
   740      4.7                              The Witches                   Fiction   Dahl       Roald
                                                                                                          mouse and must stop them from turning all children into mice!
                                                                                                Walter    16 year old Jimmy, on probation for assault, talks about life with three senior citizens in a barbershop
   740      4.9                              Handbook for Boys: A Novel Fiction      Meyers
                                                                                                Dean      and hears about how he can succeed in life.
                                                                                                          When Jefferson is sentenced to the electric chair for a murder he did not commit, Grant Wiggins is
   750      4.4                              A Lesson Before Dying         Fiction   Gaines     Ernest
                                                                                                          forced to teach Jefferson how to "be a man."
                                                                                                Walter    17 year old Slam Harris is counting on his basketball skills to get him out of the 'hood and give him a
   750      4.5                              Slam!                         Fiction   Meyers
                                                                                                Dean      chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.

                                                                                                          According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for
                                                                                                          "social") has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a
   750      4.7                              The Outsiders                 Fiction   Hinton     S.E.      limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back.
                                                                                                          Ponyboy is a greaser, and he's always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs
                                                                                                          for the sake of his fellow greasers--until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc.


                                                                                                Marion    When his best friend drowns while they are both swimming in a dangerous river that they had promised
   750      4.7                              On My Honor                   Fiction   Bauer
                                                                                                Dane      never to go near, Joel is devastated and terrified at having to tell both sets of parents.

                                                                                                          During the famine of the 1980s, two Ethiopian girls, one Christian and the other Jewish and blind,
   750      4.8                              The Storyteller's Beads       Fiction   Kurtz      Jane
                                                                                                          struggle to overcome their prejudices about each other…and to survive.

                                                                                                Alan     Andre Anderson has a bright future as a basketball star until he is viciously attacked in a hate crime,
   750      4.9                              The Hoopster                  Fiction   Sitomer
                                                                                                Lawrence causing him to question everything he once believed in.

                                                                                                Pam       Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to work in the
   750      5.3                              Esperanza Rising              Fiction   Ryan
                                                                                                Munoz     labor camps of Southern California on the eve of the Great Depression.
                                                                                                          This high interest series follows several characters at Bluford High School. This series need not be
                                             Bluford High Series (begins
   760      4.7                    yes                                     Fiction   Assorted             read in order, and male students may wish to start with The Gun/Payback, The Bully, or Brothers in
                                             with Lost & Found)
                                                                                                          Arms.
                                                                                                          The Elders of the Committee choose Jonas to be the person responsible for receiving and keeping all
   760      5.7                              The Giver                     Fiction   Lowry      Lois
                                                                                                          the memories of the past--a huge task for this exceptional boy.

                                                                                                Walter    Recruited by a small midwestern college to play ball, a Harlem boy has many new experiences:
   770      4.6                              The Outside Shot              Fiction   Meyers
                                                                                                Dean      working with a child who needs physical therapy and dealing with corruption in college sports.

                                                                                                          A teenaged boy's death in a hazing accident has lasting effects on his pregnant girlfriend and his guilt-
   770      4.6                              November Blues                Fiction   Draper     Sharon    ridden cousin, who gives up a promising music career to play football during his senior year in high
                                                                                                          school.

                                                                                                Kimberly Growing up in Louisiana, in the 1950's, twelve-year-old Tiger Ann struggles with her feelings about her
   770      4.6                              My Louisiana Sky              Fiction   Holt
                                                                                                Willis   stern but loving grandmother, her mentally slow parents, and her good friend and neighbor, Jesse.

                                                                                                          Fifteen-year-old Milly Kaufman is adopted and just wants to be an average American teenager until
   770      4.9                              Finding Miracles              Fiction   Alvarez    Julia
                                                                                                          Pablo, a new student at her school, inspires her to search for her birth family in his native country.

                                             Tweak: Growing up on                                         This memoir painfully depicts the author's addiction to methamphetamines and his tentative slow to
   770      4.9 yes                                                        Non-fictionSheff     Nic
                                             Methamphetamines                                             health.
                                         OUSD Middle and High School High Interest Culturally Relevant Titles                                       updated 9/27/11




Lexile   AR Gr. Adult     Graphic/
                                   Series    Title                       Genre     Last       First     Summary
Level    Lvl    Content   Picture

                                                                                                        15 year old Tyrell, living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his mom and younger brother, tries to avoid
   780      4.4 yes                          Tyrell                      Fiction   Booth      Coe       the pressure from his mom to deal drugs so he does not end up in jail like his father. Contains profanity
                                                                                                        and sexual situations.
                                                                                                        Ambitious high-school senior and honor student Efrain Rodriguez makes some questionable choices in
   780      4.9 yes                          Efrain's Secret             Fiction   Quintero   Sofia     pursuit of his dream to escape the South Bronx and attend an Ivy League college. The plot contains
                                                                                                        profanity and violence.

                                                                                              Walter    Just a teenager, Perry joins the army after 9/11 and goes to Iraq. When he gets there, not only does he
   780      5.3 yes                          Sunrise Over Fallujah       Fiction   Myers
                                                                                              Dean      have to survive deadly situations, he also begins to wonder why he's there in the first place.

                                                                                                        Bobby is a young father struggling to raise a young baby. His parents are supportive but refuse to take
   790      4.7                              The First Part Last         Fiction   Johnson    Angela    over the child-care duties, so he struggles to balance parenting, school, and friends who don't
                                                                                                        understand.
                                                                                                       Tenth-grader Sonia reveals secrets about her life and her Hispanic family as she studies to become
                                             The Secret Story of Sonia                        Alan
   800 5.5-7.2                                                           Fiction   Sitomer             the first Rodriguez to finish high school. The plot contains profanity, sexual situation and language,
                                             Rodriguez                                        Lawrence
                                                                                                       violence, and racial slurs.
                                                                                              Lori     China Cup Cameron, a 14 year old single mother with only her paralyzed Uncle Simon to support,
   810        5                              Broken China                Fiction   Williams
                                                                                              Aurelia  decides to work at strip club to pay for her daughter's funeral.
                                                                                                       In a future North America, where rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual survival
   810      5.3 yes                yes       The Hunger Games            Fiction   Collins    Suzanne competition, 16 year old Katniss's skills are tested when she voluntarily takes her sister's place. The
                                                                                                       plot contains graphic descriptions of violence. Book #1
                                                                                                        After his parents die, Jeffrey's life becomes legendary as he accomplishes athletic and other feats
   820      4.7                              Maniac Magee                Fiction   Spinelli   Jerry
                                                                                                        which awe the people around him.
                                                                                              Walter
   820      5.1                              The Young Landlords         Fiction   Myers                Five best friends become landlords and try to make their Harlem neighborhood a better place to live.
                                                                                              Dean
                                                                                                        Ten short stories set in the barrios of the Dominican Republic and urban New Jersey are narrated by
   830      5.1 yes                          Drown                       Fiction   Diaz       Junot     teenage Dominican boys struggling with absent fathers, silent mothers, and friends going down the
                                                                                                        wrong path.
                                                                                                        This novel tells the story of two women, Mariam and Laila. Mariam, born out of wedlock, is married off
                                                                                                        to 40-year-old Rasheed after her mother commits suicide. Rasheed abuses her brutally, especially
   830      5.4 yes                          A Thousand Splendid Suns    Fiction   Hosseini   Khaled
                                                                                                        after she has several miscarriages. At 60, Rasheed takes in 14-year-old Laila, whose parents were
                                                                                                        blown up by stray bombs. He soon turns violent with her.
                                                                                                        The true story of Luis's life as a gang member in Watts, East Los Angeles. Joining his first gang at age
                                             Always Running: La Vida
   830      6.2 yes                                                      Non-fictionRodriguez Luis J.   eleven, by age eighteen, Luis was a veteran of gang warfare, killings, police, drug overdoses, rapes,
                                             Loca
                                                                                                        funerals, and suicides.
                                                                                              Armstron
   830      6.2                              Call It Courage             Fiction   Sperry              An inspiring youth overcomes his fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his tribe.
                                                                                              g
   840        5                              Matilda                     Fiction   Dahl       Roald     Matilda uses her powers to teach her hateful parents and her evil principal a lesson.
                                                                                                        Amir, the son of a rich man, and Hassan, the son of a servant, become best friends--until the day Amir
   840      5.2 yes                          The Kite Runner             Fiction   Hosseini   Khaled
                                                                                                        betrays Hassan.
                                                                                                        Antonio is six years old when Ultima comes to stay with his family in New Mexico. She is a
   840      5.4                              Bless Me, Ultima            Fiction   Anaya      Rudolfo
                                                                                                        "curandera," one who cures with herbs…and magic.
                                                                                                        11th grade at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs would be tough enough, but it is further
                                             Does My Head Look Big In
   850      4.9                                                          Fiction              R
                                                                                   Abdel-Fattah anda    complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time as a badge
                                             This?
                                                                                                        of her faith.
                                          OUSD Middle and High School High Interest Culturally Relevant Titles                                          updated 9/27/11




Lexile   AR Gr. Adult     Graphic/
                                   Series     Title                         Genre     Last       First     Summary
Level    Lvl    Content   Picture


                                                                                                           Thirteen-year-old Shayla has never thought much of her father, and she thinks even less of his new
                                                                                                           baby girl named Gift. Jealous and angry, Shayla tries to take her mind off her baby blues by spending
                                                                                                           more time with her best friend Kambia Elaine and flirting with Lemm, the cute new boy in the 'hood. But
                                              Shayla's Double Brown Baby                         Lori
   850      5.2                                                          Fiction      Williams             she soon discovers that each of them have their own troubles. Kambia is receiving awful anonymous
                                              Blues                                              Aurelia
                                                                                                           reminders of her former abusive home that cause her mind to "run away from her like folks do from
                                                                                                           Casper the Friendly Ghost," and Lemm is struggling with a terrible family secret that he tries to cover
                                                                                                           up with alcohol and fast talk.

                                                                                                           Writing in the diary which her father gave her, thirteen-year-old Yara describes life with her family in
   850      5.6                               Flight to Freedom             Fiction             Ana
                                                                                      Veciana-Suarez       Havana, Cuba, in 1967, as well as her experiences in Miami, Florida, after immigrating there to be
                                                                                                           reunited with some relatives.
                                              Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and                          Walter    When Francis, aka Stuff, moves to 116th Street, he meets an interesting group of people and learns
   860      4.8                                                             Fiction   Meyers
                                              Stuff                                              Dean      the meaning of friendship.
                                                                                                          Seventeen-year-old Teddy Anderson, known on the streets as T-Bear, decides to seek revenge on the
                                                                                                 Alan
   860      5.5                               Homeboyz                      Fiction   Sitomer             person responsible for his little sister's death, which was caused by a stray bullet from a handgun. Plot
                                                                                                 Lawrence
                                                                                                          contains sexual situations and profanity.
                                                                                                          Esperanza is a young girl growing up in a Latino neighborhood in Chicago, and the book explores her
   870      4.5                               The House on Mango Street Fiction       Cisneros   Sandra
                                                                                                          relationship with the neighborhood and the community.
                                                                                                          Two children witness the effects of racism, as their lawyer father defends an innocent black man who
   870      5.6                               To Kill a Mockingbird         Fiction   Lee        Harper
                                                                                                          has been accused of raping a white woman.
                                                                                                          A collection of short stories based on O'Brien's real experience in the Vietnam War, this book is a
   880      5.8 yes                           The Things They Carried       Fiction   O'Brien    Tim
                                                                                                          disturbing, heart-breaking view into what it means to be a soldier.
                                                                                                          When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his
                                                                                                 Phyllis
   890      4.4                     yes       Shiloh                        Fiction   Naylor              family and the dog's real owner. The owner is a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season
                                                                                                 Reynolds
                                                                                                          and to mistreat his dogs. Book #1.

                                                                                                           What would life be like for a teen living under a dictatorship? Afraid to go to school or to talk freely?
                                                                                                           Knowing that, at the least suspicion, the secret police could invade your house, even search and
                                                                                                           destroy your private treasures? Or worse, that your father or uncles or brothers could be suddenly
   890      5.6                               Before We Were Free           Fiction   Alvarez    Julia     taken away to be jailed or tortured or killed? Twelve-year-old Anita de la Torre is too involved with her
                                                                                                           own life to be more than dimly aware of the growing menace all around her, until her last cousins and
                                                                                                           uncles and aunts have fled to America and a fleet of black cars comes up the drive, bringing the secret
                                                                                                           police to the family compound to search their houses.

                                              Malcolm X: A Fire Burning                      Walter        The story of Malcolm X's troubled childhood, the awakening of his consciousness, personal growth,
   890        6           Picture                                        Non-fictionMyers
                                              Brightly                                       Dean          and the tragedy of his assassination.
                                              Che Guevara: The Making of                                   The life of Argentine revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, discussing his childhood, education,
   900        3                                                          Non-fictionCrompton Samuel
                                              a Revolutionary                                              travels, accomplishments and struggles, and his impact on the Cuban revolution.
                                                                                                           The story of Ida B. Wells' remarkable life: from raising her siblings after the death of her parents, to her
                                              Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth                        Walter
   900      5.4           Picture                                           Non-fictionMyers               fame as a writer and speaker who worked tirelessly for African Americans and the right to vote, and
                                              Be Told                                            Dean
                                                                                                           against the horrors of lynching.
                                                                                                           This is the story of a young African American girl, abused by her drunken father, who wishes to have
   920      5.2 yes                           The Bluest Eye                Fiction   Morrison   Toni
                                                                                                           blue eyes so she can be beautiful.
                                            OUSD Middle and High School High Interest Culturally Relevant Titles                                              updated 9/27/11




Lexile   AR Gr. Adult     Graphic/
                                   Series       Title                          Genre     Last         First      Summary
Level    Lvl    Content   Picture

                                                                                                                 Nine-year-old Cassie Logan, growing up protected by her loving family, has never had reason to
                                                                                                                 suspect that any white person could consider her inferior or wish her harm. But during the course of
                                                                                                      Mildred
   920      5.7                                 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Fiction     Taylor                  one devastating year when her community begins to be ripped apart by angry night riders threatening
                                                                                                      D.
                                                                                                                 African Americans, she and her three brothers come to understand why the land they own means so
                                                                                                                 much.

                                                First They Killed My Father:                                     This is the true story of a young girl and her family during the brutal Khmer Rouge regime and their
   920        6 yes                                                            Non-fictionUng         Luong
                                                A Daughter of Cambodia…                                          experience with beatings, starvation, attempted rape, and mental cruelty.

                                                A Long Way Gone: Memoirs                                         The true story of how Ishmael, as a boy of 12, gets swept up in Sierra Leone's civil war and becomes
   920      6.1 yes                                                      Non-fictionBeah              Ishmael
                                                of a Boy Soldier                                                 as addicted to killing as to the cocaine that the army provides.
                                                                                                                 On the edge of growing up, during a summer that is the hottest on record, Hailey and Claire learn that
   940      5.6                                 Aquamarine                     Fiction   Hoffman      Alice      life can take an unpredictable course, that friendship is forever, and that magic can be found in the
                                                                                                                 most unexpected places.

                                                                                                                 Three friends stick together and support one another as they overcome the challenges of growing up in
                                                The Pact: Three Young                                            a rough part of New Jersey. Find out how they stayed out of trouble (most of the time) and ultimately
   940 6.8/6.7 yes                   yes                                       Non-fictionSampson     Davis
                                                Men…./The Bond                                                   fulfilled their dreams of becoming doctors. This book is followed by The Bond, where the three men
                                                                                                                 examine their relationships with their absent fathers and how they influenced their lives.


                                                                                                                 Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a school where he and his friend Rowley hope to survive
   950      5.2                       yes
                          Illustrations         Diary of a Wimpy Kid           Fiction   Kinney       Jeff
                                                                                                                 as tiny weaklings among boys who need to shave twice daily. The series follows his many w

                                                                                                                 Four sisters who must adjust to life in America after having to flee from the Dominican Republic when
                                                How the Garcia Girls Lost                                        the government is taken over by a dictator. Adapting to American life is difficult and causes
   950      6.2 yes                                                            Fiction   Alvarez      Julia
                                                Their Accents                                                    embarrassment when friends meet their parents, anger as they are bullied and called racist names,
                                                                                                                 and confusion: are they Dominican or American?
                                                                                                                 The true story of brothers Lafayette and Pharoah Rivers who live in a gang-plagued war zone on the
   970      6.7                                 There Are No Children Here     Non-fictionKotlowitz   Alex       Chicago's West Side. We witness the horrors of growing up in a housing project terrorized by drug
                                                                                                                 gangs and where murders and shootings frequently occur.
                                                                                                      Melba      Melba tells the true story of her traumatic year as one of only nine black students to integrate all-white
  1000      6.5                                 Warriors Don't Cry             Non-fictionBeals
                                                                                                      Patillo    Central High School in 1957. Enduring fire balls, acid attacks, and
                                                                                                      Stanley    Sentenced to death for a murder conviction, this book is written from Tookie's jail cell on death row in
  1020      6.4 yes                             Life in Prison                 Non-fictionWilliams
                                                                                                      "Tookie"   San Quentin, and warns readers not to make the same mistakes he made.
                                                                                                                 This book tells the life of the young Cassius Clay, from his childhood in segregated Louisville, through
                                                                                                                 his Olympic triumph, to his rise as a professional fighter, culminating with his stunning victory over
                                                The Greatest: Muhammed                                Walter
  1030      7.8                                                                Non-fictionMyers                  Sonny Liston. Then comes the transformation of young Clay into Muhammad Ali, a committed Black
                                                Ali                                                   Dean
                                                                                                                 Muslim who would sacrifice his heavyweight title and face jail by refusing to serve in the army during
                                                                                                                 the Vietnam War.

                                                                                                                 The true story of Mark's life growing up in segregated South Africa. Living illegally in a hut outside
  1040      7.2 yes                             Kaffir Boy                     Non-fictionMathabane Mark         Johannesburg, Mark and his illiterate family endured poverty and the violence of both police and
                                                                                                                 gangs. He describes his drunken father's attempts to prevent his son from getting an education.

                                                                                                               Geoffrey tells his true story of growing up in Harlem in the 50s and 60s, in a culture of violence where
  1050      7.2 yes                             Fist Stick Knife Gun           Non-fictionCanada      Geoffrey only the strong survived and where the rise of crack led to the devastation of his community. Read how
                                                                                                               Geoffrey was able to reject that lifestyle and thrive.
                                          OUSD Middle and High School High Interest Culturally Relevant Titles                                          updated 9/27/11




Lexile   AR Gr. Adult     Graphic/
                                   Series     Title                        Genre     Last        First     Summary
Level    Lvl    Content   Picture

                                                                                                           The dramatic story of the captive Africans who mutinied against their slaver crew and accidentally
                                              Amistad: A Long Road to                            Walter    landed in the United States instead of back in Africa. From their imprisonment in 1839, through two
  1050       7.4                                                           Non-fictionMyers
                                              Freedom                                            Dean      years of court battles, this group of Africans, led by their leader, Sengbe (Cinque), aroused the moral
                                                                                                           conscience of America.
                                                                                                           This autobiography tells the true story of Maya's childhood--sent at a young age to live with her
                                                                                                           grandmother in Arkansas, Maya learned a great deal her and the tightly knit black community there.
                                              I Know Why the Caged Bird
  1070       6.7 yes                                                       Non-fictionAngelou    Maya      These lessons carried her through the hardships she endured later in life, including a tragic event while
                                              Sings
                                                                                                           visiting her mother in St. Louis and her years in California--where an unwanted pregnancy changed her
                                                                                                           life forever.
                                              Their Eyes Were Watching                           Zora      The epic story of a beautiful Janie Crawford, forced by her grandmother into marryiing a much older
  1080       5.6                                                           Fiction   Hurston
                                              God                                                Neale     man, and how she comes to find both love and tragedy.

                                              The Boy in the Striped                                       Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the
  1080       5.8                                                           Fiction   Boyne       John
                                              Pajamas                                                      son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.

                                              Anne Frank: The Diary of a                                   The true, honest, funny, and heartbreaking diary of a young girl who hides in an attic with her family to
  1080       6.5                                                           Non-fictionFrank      Anne
                                              Young Girl                                                   escape Nazi persecution.

                                              Black Diamond: The Story of                                  The history of baseball in the Negro Leagues , before baseball was desegregated, and its great
  1100       7.7                                                          Non-fictionMcKissack Patricia
                                              the Negro Baseball Leagues                                   heroes, including Monte Irwin, Buck Leonard, and Cool Papa Bell.

                                                                                                          This is the true story of a young girl growing up in Puerto Rico with little money and unmarried parents
                                                                                                          who fight constantly because of her father's "stepping out." When her parents finally separate, her
                                              When I Was Puerto                                  Esmerald
       6.0/6.9 yes
1020/1030                           yes                                    Non-fictionSantiago            mother takes the family to Brooklyn, where Esmeralda needs to learn how to speak English and fit in.
                                              Rican/Almost a Woman                               a
                                                                                                          Almost a Woman follows Esmeralda's teenage years, her relationships with her family members, her
                                                                                                          early dating experiences, and her first sexual encounters.

                                                                                                           All 13 year old Raspberry can think of is makng money so that she and her mother can move out of the
                                              Money Hungry/Begging for
        4.2
650 & 1060 & 3.7                    yes                                    Fiction   Flake       Sharon    projects; in Begging for Change, Raspberry tries to deal with her feelings about her homeless, drug-
                                              Change
                                                                                                           addicted father.

                                              Tears of a Tiger/Forged by                                   A trilogy that begins with the death of high school basketball star Rob Washington, killed in a car
        4.3/4.7/4.8
700/780/670                         yes                                    Fiction   Draper      Sharon
                                              Fire/Darkness Before Dawn                                    accident. Who was driving? His best friend Andy, who was drunk.

                                              A Child Called It/The Lost                                   This trilogy tells the story of a young boy tortured by his abusive mother, his terrible experience in
        5.8/5.1/5.9
850/720/900       yes               yes                                    Non-fictionPelzer     Dave
                                              Boy/A Man Named Dave                                         foster care, and ends with how he overcomes his past.
       5.5-7.2
880-1030                            yes       Harry Potter Series          Fiction   Rowling     J.K.      A young boy with a mysterious past must prove hiimself at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft.

                                              Hotlanta/If Only You                                         Two very rich and very different twin sisters must deal with family secrets when their father is released
        6.2/6.2/5.9
950/970/NL        yes               yes                                    Fiction   Millner     Denene
                                              Knew/What Goes Around                                        from prison and they begin to realize that their step-father is not as respectable as he seems.

                                              Aya/Aya of Yop City/Aya:                           Marguerit 19 year old Aya lives in Ivory Coast, Africa. The story explores her relationships with her father and two
             2.1 yes      Graphic   yes                                    Fiction   Abouet
                                              The Secrets Come Out                               e         best friends. Contains profanity and sexual situations.
                                                                                                           Inspired by a true story, a pride of lions escapes from the Baghdad Zzoo during the Iraq War and
             2.5 yes      Graphic             Pride of Baghdad                         (?)
                                                                           Non-fiction Vaughan   Brian
                                                                                                           comes to a tragic end. The text contains profanity and sexual situations.

             2.7 yes      Graphic             Notes for a War Story        Fiction   Gipi                  Giuliano is living in the war-torn Balkans. He and two friends get mixed up with a criminal kingpin.

                                              Maus: A Survivor's
                                                                                                           A memoir about Vladek Spiegleman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and about his son, a
             3.2 yes      Graphic   yes       Tale/Maus: My Father         Non-fictionSpiegelmanArt
                                                                                                           cartoonists who tries to come to terms with his father, his story, and with history itself.
                                              Bleeds History
                                      OUSD Middle and High School High Interest Culturally Relevant Titles                                             updated 9/27/11




Lexile   AR Gr. Adult     Graphic/
                                   Series   Title                        Genre     Last       First      Summary
Level    Lvl    Content   Picture

                                                                                                         This graphic novel chronicles the life of American author and illustrator David Small, detailing his sickly
            3.2 yes       Graphic           Stitches: A Memoir           Non-fictionSmall     David      childhood and teenage years, relationship with his parents, and his cancer. The text and pictures
                                                                                                         contain profanity and sexual situations.

                                                                                                         Chunky Rice, a small turtle, embarks on an ocean voyage, where he meets a shady skipper and
            3.2           Graphic           Good-bye, Chunky Rice        Fiction   Thompson Craig
                                                                                                         conjoined twins, but he also leaves behind his girlfriend, Dandel, who sends him letters in a bottle.

                                            Barack Obama: Son of
            3.3           Picture                                        Non-fictionGrimes    Nikki      This biography profiles the childhood of Barack Obama.
                                            Promise, Child of Hope

            3.3           Picture           I Love My Hair!              Fiction   Tarpley    Natasha    A young African-American girl describes the different, wonderful ways she can wear her hair.

                                                                                                         A Mixteca Indian from Oaxaca, America Soliz, suffers from the poverty and hopelessness of her
            3.5           Picture           America is Her Name          Fiction   Rodriguez Luis J.
                                                                                                         Chicago ghetto, made more endurable by a desire and determination to be a poet.

                                            It Doesn't Have to Be This                                   Reluctantly a young boy becomes more and more involved in the activities of a local gang, until a
            3.6           Picture                                        Fiction   Rodriguez Luis J.
                                            Way: A Barrio Story                                          tragic event involving his cousin forces him to make a choice about the course of his life.

                                            Grandpa, Is Everything Black                                 The story of an African-American boy who comes to appreciate his skin by learning about his African
            3.6           Picture                                        Fiction   Holman     Sandy
                                            Bad?                                                         heritage from his grandfather.
                                            You Don't Even Know Me:                                      This book is a collection of nine short stories and thirteen poems that offer insight into the emotions,
            3.6 yes                         Stories and Poems About      Fiction   Flake      Sharon     experiences, and values of African American males. The plots contain mild profanity, sexual situations,
                                            Boys                                                         and violence.
                                                                                                         Based on the author's experiences growing up in a religious family in rural Wisconsin, Craig describes
            3.8 yes       Graphic           Blankets: A Graphic Novel    Non-fictionThompson Craig       his life with strict parents, his love of drawing that others ignore, and his experience with falling in love.
                                                                                                         This book contains illustrated nudity.
                                            After the Death of Anna                                      This is a book of poems written in the voices of students, teachers, and other school staff after a high
            3.9 yes                                                      Fiction   Fields     Terri
                                            Gonzales                                                     school student's suicide.
                                                                                                       Precious Jones, a sixteen-year-old girl who is pregnant with her second child by her father, discovers
              4 yes                         Push                         Fiction              Sapphire the truth about herself and her life with the help of a teacher. The plot contains adult themes including
                                                                                                       graphic sexual situations and violence.
                                                                                                       Paski moves from New Mexico to Southern California, where she must go to school with gorgeous,
            4.2 yes                         Haters                       Fiction             Alisa
                                                                                   Valdes-Rodriguez    wealthy, and mean students. What will she do about her crush on Chris, the boyfriend of the most
                                                                                                       popular--and meanest--girl at school?
                                                                                                       As a young teen, Tracy is obsessed with designer clothes, jewelry, and boys while her best friend
            4.3 yes                         Flyy Girl                    Fiction    Tyree    Omar
                                                                                                       Raheems tries to focus on her grades. Contains profanity and sexual situations.
                                                                                                       A graphic novel biography of César Chávez, explaining the historical importance of the Mexican
            4.3           Graphic           Cesar Chavez                                     Elizabeth
                                                                         Non-fictionHudson-Goff
                                                                                                       American leader who demanded rights for farm workers.
                                                                                                         12 year old Adam from Australia and Walid from Bangladesh, two boys living in a Middle Eastern
            4.5                             Camel Rider                  Fiction   Mason      Prue       country, must rely on one another when war breaks out and they find themselves in the desert--with no
                                                                                                         water.
                                                                                                         Racially mixed 17 year old Lauren, the daughter of drug users, is pressured to have sex with her
            4.6 yes                         If You Loved Me              Fiction   Reynolds   Marilyn
                                                                                                         boyfriend and questions her promise to herself to stay a virgin until she is married.
                                                                                                         Winter, born into a wealthy, drug-dealing family in Brooklyn, grows up thinking of herself as queen of
            4.8 yes                         The Coldest Winter Ever      Fiction   Souljah    Sister     the world, but everything comes crashing down when her father is arrested and all their things
                                                                                                         confiscated by the government.

                                                                                                         17 year old Jennifer, released from prison with a new identity after 6 years for murdering a child, tries
            4.9                             Lookin for JJ                Fiction   Cassidy    Anne
                                                                                                         to keep her identity a secret from the British magazines while haunted by her memories.
                                          OUSD Middle and High School High Interest Culturally Relevant Titles                                         updated 9/27/11




Lexile   AR Gr. Adult     Graphic/
                                   Series     Title                         Genre     Last      First     Summary
Level    Lvl    Content   Picture

                                                                                                Walter    Drew wants nothing more than to play college basketball after high school, but his coach thinks he's
            4.9                               Game                          Fiction   Meyers
                                                                                                Dean      playing only for himself and not for the team.
                                                                                                          After more than 10 years of raising her 2 sons on her own, Denise finds herself involved with both of
            5.2                               Single Mom                    Fiction   Tyree     Omar
                                                                                                          her sons' fathers, as well as a new man.
                                                                                                          Number 47, a fourteen-year-old slave boy growing up under the watchful eye of a brutal master in
            5.3                               #47                           Fiction   Mosley    Walter    1832, meets the mysterious Tall John, who introduces him to a magical science and also teaches him
                                                                                                          the meaning of freedom.

                                              Three Little Words: A                                       Ashley recounts her painful memories of being takena way from her mother, juggled between
            5.4 yes                                                                             Ashley
                                                                            Non-fictionRhodes-Courter
                                              Memoir                                                      caseworkerse, transferred from school to school, and humiliated by a very abusive foster family.

                                              Teenage Refugees from                                       This book discusses the lives of teenage refugees from Ethiopia, describes the conditions in that
            5.4                                                             Non-fictionSchnapper LaDena
                                              Ethiopia Speak Out                                          country that caused them to leave, and examines their new lives in the United States.
                                                                                                          Pearl, a teenaged girl who was discovered in the sea as a small child by a fisherman and treated with
            5.4                               Midnight Pearls               Fiction   Viquie    Debbie    scorn by the villagers ever since, falls in love with James, a prince, and faces powerful forces, human
                                                                                                          and magical, determined to tear them apart.
                                              Gang Leader for a Day: A                                    Sudhir tells the story of how he began studying Chicago's largest crack-dealing gang, and how, while
            6.8 yes                           Rogue Sociologist Takes to    Non-fictionVenkatesh Sudhi    gathering information for his degree, he gets to know the gang members as real peoploe. Contains
                                              the Streets                                                 profanity, sex, and violence.
                                                                                                          This collection of letters written to Latino and African American men address issues such as single
                                              Letters to a Young Brother:
                 7 yes              yes                                     Non-fictionHarper   Hill      parenthood, STDs, materialism, and the power of words and faith. This book is followed by Letters to a
                                              MANifest Your Destiny
                                                                                                          Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny.
                                              And Still We Rise: The Trials
                                              and Triumphs of 12 Gifted                                   The author spends a school year with 12 seniors, all South Central kids who qualified for a gifted
            7.7                                                             Non-fictionCorwin   Miles
                                              Inner-City High School                                      program because of their smarts and test scores. This is the story of their lives.
                                              Students

                                                                                                          Souljah's follow-up to her bestselling novel, TheColdest Winter Ever, is another gritty coming-of-age
                                                                                                          tale, picking up the story of Midnight (a character in Coldest Winter) as he tries desperately to navigate
                                                                                                          American culture, Brooklyn streets and the dicey business of growing up. The novel begins as seven-
                                              Midnight: A Gangster Love
         No AR    yes                                                       Fiction   Souljah   Sister    year-old Midnight and his pregnant mother, Umma, are forced to leave their privileged life in Sudan for
                                              Story
                                                                                                          a hardscrabble American existence. Midnight spends his formative years in Brooklyn guiding and
                                                                                                          translating for his loyal, loving and talented mother, helping her get a factory job while encouraging her
                                                                                                          to start a clothing line.

                                                                                                          This series begins the story of Rick Grimes, a police officer who wakes up from a coma and finds that
         No AR    yes     Graphic   yes       The Walking Dead              Fiction   Kirkman   Robert    the whole world has been taken over by zombies. (Now a television show, this series contains
                                                                                                          violence, sex, and profanity.)
on show, this series contains
                                                                                                          violence, sex, and profanity.)

				
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