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           After Tupac and D Foster
           Jacqueline Woodson
           Y Fic Woo
           In the New York City borough of Queens in
           1996, three girls bond over their shared
           love of Tupac Shakur's music, as together
           they try to make sense of the
           unpredictable world in which they live.
           subjects: Shakur, Tupac, 1971-1996--Fiction,
           Coming of age, Friendship, African Americans,
           Queens (New York, NY)

           The Astonishing Life of Octavian
           Nothing, Traitor to the Nation,
           volume1: The Pox Party
           M.T. Anderson
           Y Fic And
           Various diaries, letters, and other
           manuscripts chronicle the experiences of
           Octavian, a young African American, from
           birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up
           as part of a science experiment in the
           years leading up to and during the
           Revolutionary War. Sequel: The
           astonishing life of Octavian Nothing,
           traitor to the nation. vol. 2, The kingdom
           on the waves
           awards: Printz Honor-2007, National Book
           Award Winner-2006
           subjects: Liberty, Slavery, Science experiments,
           African Americans, Freedom, United States-History-
Baby Girl
Lenora Adams
Y Fic Ada
With her tough facade and hard attitude,
Sheree doesn't make friends easily and
lives a lonely life, but when she gets
pregnant and decides to keep the baby
with the intention of finding unconditional
love, Sheree learns important lessons
about herself that change her entire
outlook on life.
awards: YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers-
subjects: African American women

Broken China
Lori Aurelia Williams
Y Fic Wil
China Cup Cameron, a fourteen-year-old
single mother with only her paralyzed
Uncle Simon for support, takes on
tremendous personal debt in hopes of a
beautiful funeral after her daughter dies.
award: Texas Tayshas High School Reading List
subjects: Teenage Mothers, Mothers and Daughters,
Single-Parent Families, Poor, Uncles, African
Americans, Death, Funeral Rites and Ceremonies

Bucking the Sarge
Christopher Paul Curtis
Y Fic Cur
Luther T. Farrel has got to get out of Flint,
Michigan. As his best friend Sparky says,
"Flint's nothing but the Titanic." And his
mother, a.k.a. the Sarge, says, "Take my
advice and stay off the sucker path."
awards: Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Books:
2004, SLJ Best Books for Children: 2004, Parents'
Choice Gold Award: 2004, Booklist Editor's Choice:
2004, ALA Best Books for Young Adults: 2005, ALA
Notable Children's Books: 2005, Texas: Tayshas
Reading List: 2006
subjects: Business Enterprises, Fraud, Group
Homes, Mothers, People With Mental Disabilities,
Mothers, Flint (Mich.), African Americans

Dark Sons
Nikki Grimes
Y Fic Gri
Alternating poems compare and contrast
the conflicted feelings of Ishmael, son of
the Biblical patriarch Abraham, and Sam,
a teenager in New York City, as they try to
come to terms with being abandoned by
their fathers and with the love they feel
for their younger stepbrothers.
awards: Texas Tayshas High School Reading List-
subjects: Fathers and Sons, Stepbrothers, Ishmael
(Biblical Figure), African Americans, Self-Perception,
New York (N.Y.), Bible-History of Biblical Events

Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue
Julius Lester
Y Fic Les
Emma has taken care of the Butler
children since Sarah and Frances's
mother, Fanny, left. Emma wants to raise
the girls to have good hearts, as a rift
over slavery has ripped the Butler
household apart. Now, to pay off debts,
Pierce Butler wants to cash in his slave
"assets", possibly including Emma.
subjects: Slavery, African Americans
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
ZZ Packer
Fic Pac
A first time collection of short stories tells
about the lives of predominately black
youth who face challenges to their
preconceived ideas.
awards: Alex Awards: 2004
subjects: African American Women, Young Women

Emako Blue
Brenda Woods
Y Fic Woo
Monterey, Savannah, Jamal, and Eddie
have never had much to do with each
other until Emako Blue shows up at chorus
practice, but just as the lives of the five
Los Angeles high school students become
intertwined, tragedy tears them apart.
awards: ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult
Readers: 2005, IRA Children's Book Award: 2005,
Texas: Tayshas Reading List: 2006
subjects: African Americans, High Schools, Los
Angeles (Calif.), Interpersonal Relations

The First Part Last
Angela Johnson
Y Fic Joh
Bobby's carefree teenage life changes
forever when he becomes a father and
must care for his adored baby daughter.
awards: Texas: Tayshas Reading List: 2005, Coretta
Scott King Author Award: 2004, Michael L. Printz
Award: 2004,
subjects: Teenage Fathers, Teenage Parents, Father
and Child, Babies, African Americans
Sherri L. Smith
Y Fic Smi
During World War II, a light-skinned
African American girl "passes" for white in
order to join the Women Air Force Service
subjects: Women Air Force Pilots (U.S.), World War
1939-1945, African Americans

Walter Mosley
Y Fic Mos
Number 47, a fourteen-year-old slave boy
growing up under the watchful eye of a
brutal master in 1832, meets the
mysterious Tall John, who introduces him
to a magical science and also teaches him
the meaning of freedom.
subjects: Slavery, African Americans, Plantation
Life, Freedom, Magic, Georgia-History-1775-1865

Home of the Brave
Katherine Applegate
Y Fic App
Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by
many strange things at the Minneapolis
home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in
his fifth grade classroom, and longs for his
missing mother, but finds comfort in the
company of a cow and her owner.
subjects: Immigrants, African Americans

The Hoopster
Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Y Fic Sit
Andre Anderson is a black teenager who
loves to play basketball, When he is
viciously attacked, it calls his whole world
into question--even his deadly jump shot.
Sequel: Hip-Hop High School
subjects: Teenage boys, Hate crimes, African
Americans, Basketball stories

Hot Girl
Dream Jordan
Y Fic Jor
Kate, a fourteen-year-old Brooklyn girl
and former gang member, risks losing her
first good foster family when she adopts
the risqué ways of her flirtatious new
friend, Naleejah.
subjects: Friendship, Conduct of life, African
Americans, Foster home care, Brooklyn (N.Y.)

Denene Millner
Y Fic Mil
Living a privileged life in Atlanta, wealthy
and beautiful African American twin
sisters, Sydney and Lauren, must deal
with family secrets and scandal when their
father is released from prison.
subjects: Sisters, Twins, Rich People, African
Americans, Fathers and daughters, Atlanta (Ga.)

Imani All Mine
Connie Porter
Fic Por
This deceptively simple first-person novel
takes readers into the heart and mind of
15-year-old Tasha, whose love for her
baby, Imani, is as plain as her fear of the
rapist who fathered the child.
awards: ALA Best Books for Young Adults:
2000, Alex Awards: 2000,Texas: Tayshas
Reading List: 2002, , ALA Popular
Paperbacks: 2005
subjects: African American Teenage Mothers-New
York (State)-Buffalo, Inner Cities, Drive-By

Jason and Kyra
Dana Davidson
Y Fic Dav
Handsome and popular Jason tries to
come to terms with his irascible, often
absent father and his growing attraction to
the quiet, studious Kyra.
awards: ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult
Readers: 2005
subjects: African Americans, Interpersonal
Relations, Fathers and Sons, Self-Perception, High

Shelia P. Moses
Y Fic Mos
Fourteen-year-old Joseph tries to avoid
trouble and keep in touch with his father,
who is serving in Iraq, as he and his
alcoholic, drug-addicted mother move
from one homeless shelter to another.
subjects: Family problems, Mothers, Homeless
persons, Alcoholism

The Kayla Chronicles
Sherri Winston
Y Fic Win
Kayla transforms herself from mild-
mannered journalist to hot-trotting dance
diva in order to properly investigate her
high school's dance team, and has a hard
time remaining true to her real self while
in the role.
subjects: Dance, Identity, High schools, Journalism

M + O 4evr
Tonya Hegamin
Y Fic Heg
In parallel stories, Hannah, a slave, finds
love while fleeing a Maryland plantation in
1842; and in the present, Opal watches
her life-long best friend, Marianne, pull
away and eventually lose her life in the
same Pennsylvania ravine where Hannah
subjects: Best friends, Lesbians, Slavery, Death

Mare's War
Tanita S. Davis
Y Fic Dav
Teens Octavia and Tali learn about
strength, independence, and courage
when they are forced to take a car trip
with their grandmother, who tells about
growing up black in 1940s Alabama and
serving in Europe during World War II as a
member of the Women's Army Corps.
subjects: Grandmothers, African Americans, World
War 1939-1945, Sisters, Family life-Alabama

Money Hungry
Sharon Flake
Y Fic Fla
All thirteen-year-old Raspberry can think
of is making money so that she and her
mother never have to worry about living
on the streets again. Sequel: Begging For
awards: Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books-
subjects: Money, Mothers and Daughters, Single-
Parent Families, Inner Cities, African Americans
My Life as a Rhombus
Varian Johnson
Y Fic Joh
When the classmate she is tutoring in
trigonometry admits she is pregnant, high
school junior Rhonda must finally come to
terms with the abortion her father insisted
she undergo three years earlier and
examine how it has changed her life.
subjects: Pregnancy, Abortion, Self-actualization
(Psychology), Single-parent families, family
problems, South Carolina

No Laughter Here
Rita Williams-Garcia
Y Fic Wil
In Queens, New York, ten-year-old Akilah
is determined to find out why her closest
friend, Victoria, is silent and withdrawn
after returning from a trip to her
homeland, Nigeria.
awards: ALA Best Books for Young Adults: 2005,
Texas: Tayshas Reading List: 2006
subjects: Friendship, Schools, Female Circumcision,
Nigerian Americans, African Americans, Queens
(New York, NY)

November Blues
Sharon Draper
Y Fic Dra
A teenaged boy's death in a hazing
accident has lasting effects on his
pregnant girlfriend and his guilt-ridden
cousin, who gives up a promising music
career to play football during his senior
year in high school.
[this book is a prequel to The Battle of
awards: Coretta Scott King Author Honor-2008
subjects: Pregnancy, High Schools, African
Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With
Hanna Jansen
Y Fic Jan
Before one fateful April day, Jeanne lived
the life of a typical Rwandan girl. She
fought with her little sister, went to
school, and teased her brother. Then, in
one horrifying night, everything changed.
Political troubles unleashed a torrent of
violence upon the Tutsi ethnic group.
Jeanne's family, all Tutsis, fled their home
and tried desperately to reach safety.
They--along with nearly 1 million others--
did not survive. The only survivor of her
family's massacre, Jeanne witnessed
unspeakable acts. But through courage,
wits, and sheer force of will, she survived.
Based on a true story, this haunting novel
by Jeanne's adoptive mother makes
unforgettably real the events of the 1994
Rwandan genocide as one family
experienced it. Jeanne's story is a tribute
to the human spirit and its capacity to
award: Texas Tayshas High School Reading List
2008-2009, ALA Best Books for Young Adults-2007
subjects: Genocide-Rwanda

The Rock and the River
Kekla Magoon
Y Fic Mag
In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam
Childs is caught in a conflict between his
father's nonviolent approach to seeking
civil rights for African Americans and his
older brother, who has joined the Black
Panther Party.
subjects: Black Panther Party, Civil rights
movements, Racism, Brothers, African Americans
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Mildred Taylor
Y Fic Tay
A black family living in the South during
the 1930's are faced with prejudice and
discrimination which their children don't
understand. The Logan Family Saga
includes Prequels: The Land, The Well,
Mississippi Bridge, Song of the Trees, The
Friendship, Sequels: Let the Circle Be
Unbroken, The Road to Memphis
awards: John Newbery Medal: 1977
subjects: African Americans, Southern States-Race

Rucker Park Setup
Paul Volponi
Y Fic Vol
While playing in a crucial basketball game
on the very court where his best friend
was murdered, Mackey tries to come to
terms with his own part in that murder
and decide whether to maintain his silence
or tell J.R.'s father and the police what
really happened.
award: Texas Tayshas High School Reading List
subjects: Basketball, Conduct of Life, Best Friends,
Friendship, Murder, African Americans, Harlem
(New York, N.Y.)

Small Steps
Louis Sachar
Y Fic Sac
Three years after being released from
Camp Green Lake, Armpit is trying hard to
keep his life on track, 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.
awards: Schneider Family Book Award Winners-
subjects: Juvenile delinquents, Cerebral palsy,
People with disabilities, Singers, African Americans

Street Love
Walter Dean Myers
Y Fic Mye
This story told in free verse is set against
a background of street gangs and poverty
in Harlem in which seventeen-year-old
African American Damien takes a bold
step to ensure that he and his new love
will not be separated.
awards: ALA Best Books for Young Adults-2008
subjects: African Americans, Love, Harlem (NY)

Janet McDonald
Y Fic Mac
Raven, a teenage mother and high school
dropout living in a housing project,
decides, with the help and sometime
interference of her best friend Aisha, to
study for a spelling bee which could lead
to a college preparatory program and
four-year scholarship. Companion novels:
Chill Wind, Twists and Turns, Brother
Hood, Harlem Hustle
awards: ALA Best Books for Young Adults: 2002,
Texas: Tayshas Reading List: 2003
subjects: Teenage Mothers, High School Dropouts,
Best Friends, English Language, African Americans

Trouble In My Way
Michelle Stimpson
Y Fic Sti
Coming of age in Texas, sixteen-year-old
Karis shares her thoughts in a series of
diary entries.
subjects: Coming of age, Mothers and daughters,
African Americans, Christian life, Diaries

Coe Booth
Y Fic Boo
Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a
Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-
out mother and his younger brother, tries
to avoid temptation so he does not end up
in jail like his father. See also: Kendra
awards: ALA Best Books for Young Adults-2007,
ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers-
subjects: Poor, African Americans, Homeless
persons, Bronx (New York, NY)

When the Black Girl Sings
Bill Wright
Y Fic Wri
Adopted by white parents and sent to an
exclusive Connecticut girls' school where
she is the only black student, fourteen-
year-old Lahni Schuler feels like an
outcast, particularly when her parents
separate, but after attending a local
church where she hears gospel music for
the first time, she finds her voice.
subjects: Identity, Interracial adoption, Singing,
African Americans

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