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  • Details about March: Book One

    March: Book One

    John Lewis; Andrew Aydin; Nate Powell (Artist, Cover Design by)

    Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figuresof the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence hastaken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from asegregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receivingbeatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the firstAfrican-American president. Now, to share his remarkable story with newgenerations, Lewis presents March, a graphic novel t……more

  • Details about Liar

    Liar

    Justine Larbalestier.

    Micah will freely admit that she's a compulsive liar, but that may be the one honest thing she'll ever tell you. Over the years she's duped her classmates, her teachers, and even her parents, and she's always managed to stay one step ahead of her lies. That is, until her boyfriend dies under brutal circumstances and her dishonesty begins to catch up with her. But is it possible to tell the truth when lying comes as naturally as breathing? Taking readers deep into the psyche of a young woman who ……more

  • Details about Fallen angels

    Fallen angels

    Walter Dean Myers.

    This 1989 Coretta Scott King Award winner is the story of one young man's tour of duty in Vietnam as well as a testament to the thousands of young people who lived and died during the war.…more

  • Details about Pinned

    Pinned

    Sharon G. Flake

    Award-winning author, Sharon G. Flake, presents a powerful novel about a teen boy and girl, each tackling disabilities. Autumn and Adonis have nothing in common and everything in common. Autumn is outgoing and has lots of friends. Adonis is shy and not so eager to connect with people. But even with their differences, the two have one thing in common--they're each dealing with a handicap. For Autumn, who has a learning disability, reading is a painful struggle that makes it hard to focus in cl……more

  • Details about Tears of a Tiger

    Tears of a Tiger

    Sharon M. Draper

    When Gerald was a child he was fascinated by fire. But fire is dangerous and powerful, and tragedy strikes. His substance-addicted mother is taken from him. Then he loses the loving generosity of a favorite aunt. A brutal stepfather with a flaming temper and an evil secret makes his life miserable. The one bright light in Gerald's life is his little half sister, Angel, whom he struggles to protect from her father, Jordan Sparks, who abuses her, and from their mother, whose irresponsible behavior……more

  • Details about The Fight

    The Fight

    L. Divine

    After a summer of bliss with boyfriend KJ, Jayd Jackson returns to South Bay High (aka Drama High) to discover that she's been dumped, her former best friend is out to get her and KJ's new girl is looking to knock her out. With drama at an all-time high, Jayd, with a little help from Mama and her mystical bag of tricks, is about to get some lessons in who's really got her back - and, more importantly, when she's got to watch it.…more

  • Details about Black Genius: Inspirational Portraits of African-American Leaders

    Black Genius: Inspirational Portraits of African-American Leaders

    Dick Russell; Alvin F. Poussaint (Foreword by); Katrina E. Tucker

    Intimate, in-depth portraits, interviews, and essays of America's black leaders--from the founding of the nation and Frederick Douglass to the 2008 presidential race and Barack Obama. Each figure is interconnected with the next, exploring themes of family and intergenerational community, spirituality, and diligence, activism, and struggle. These remarkable portraits reveal the true spirit of the American pioneers who forged much of the heart of this nation, but whose achievements have been large……more

  • Details about In the Heart of the Beat: The Poetry of Rap

    In the Heart of the Beat: The Poetry of Rap

    Alexs Pate

    In In the Heart of the Beat: The Poetry of Rap, bestselling author and scholar Alexs Pate argues for a fresh understanding of rap as an exemplary form of literary expression, rather than a profane and trendy musical genre. He focuses on works by several well-known artists to reveal in rap music, despite its penchant for vulgarity, a power and beauty that is the heart of great literature.…more

  • Details about Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty

    Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty

    G. Neri; Randy DuBurke

    A graphic novel based on the life and death of Robert 'Yummy' Sandifer, an 11-year-old gang member from Chicago's Southside who was killed by his own gang. 11-year-old Roger is trying to make sense of his classmate Yummy's death, but first he has to make sense of Yummy's life. Was he some sort of monster, or just another kid? A compelling graphic dramatisation based on true events, this gritty exploration of youth gang life will prompt teen readers to question their own understandings of good an……more

  • Details about Hot Girl

    Hot Girl

    Dream Jordan

    It's summertime in Bed-Stuy "Do or Die" Brooklyn, and Kate is feeling down in the dumps. Not only is she tired of her raggedy, tomboy image, but she's also missing her best friend, Felicia, who's away for the summer. Lonely and not exactly getting along with her new foster mother, Lynn, Kate so badly wants to be out and about, twirling pretty, and partying---and maybe catching the attention of her longtime crush, Charles. Opportunity knocks one hot summer day when fly-girl Naleejah struts her s……more

  • Details about Monster

    Monster

    Walter Dean Myers ; illustrations by Christopher Myers.

    Winner of the Printz Award Winner of the Coretta Scott King Award National Book Award Finalist Steve Harmon's black. He's in jail, maybe forever. He's on trial for murder. And he's sixteen years old. Steve: "Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I'll call it what the lady prosecutor called me . . . MONSTER.…more

  • Details about Flygirl

    Flygirl

    Sherri L. Smith

    All Ida Mal Jones wants to do is fly. Ida's daddy was a pilot, and when he took her flying, she never want to come down again. But after his death, the sky is off-limits to a young black woman such as herself. When America enters World War II, the Army forms the WASP-Women Airforce Service Pilots-and Ida has a chance to join, if she's willing to use her light skin to pass as a white girl. She want to fly more than anything, but Ida soon learns that denying one's identity and family is a heavy b……more

  • Details about Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

    Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

    Phillip Hoose

    "When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can't sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, 'This is not right.'" - Claudette Colvin On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed up with the daily injustices of Jim Crow segregation, refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Instead of being celebrated as Rosa Parks would be just nine months later, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin found herself shunned by her classmates and d……more

  • Details about Discovering Wes Moore

    Discovering Wes Moore

    Wes Moore

    For fans of The Wire and Unbroken comes a story of two fatherless boys from Baltimore, both named Wes Moore. One is in prison, serving a life sentence for murder. The other is a Rhodes Scholar, an army veteran, and an author whose book is being turned into a movie produced by Oprah Winfrey. Two men. One overcame adversity. The other suffered the indignities of poverty. Their stories are chronicled in Discovering Wes Moore , a book for young people based on Wes Moore's bestselling adult memoir,……more

  • Details about The Game of Love and Death

    The Game of Love and Death

    Martha Brockenbrough

    Flora and Henry were born a few blocks from each other, innocent of the forces that might keep a white boy and an African American girl apart; years later they meet again and their mutual love of music sparks an even more powerful connection. But what Flora and Henry don't know is that they are pawns in a game played by the eternal adversaries Love and Death, here brilliantly reimagined as two extremely sympathetic and fascinating characters. Can their hearts and their wills overcome not only th……more

  • Details about Under a Painted Sky

    Under a Painted Sky

    Stacey Lee

    From the author of Outrun the Moon , Stacey Lee's debut novel is a powerful story about love, friendship, and sacrifice. Perfect for fans of Code Name Verity. "This moving novel will captivate you."--Buzzfeed.com All Samantha wanted was to move back to New York and pursue her music, which was difficult enough being a Chinese girl in Missouri, 1849. Then her fate takes a turn for the worse after a tragic accident leaves her with nothing and she breaks the law in self-defense. With help from An……more

  • Details about Bright Lights, Dark Nights

    Bright Lights, Dark Nights

    Stephen Emond; Christine Barcellona (Editor)

    A story about first love, first fights, and finding yourself in a messed up world, from Stephen Emond, acclaimed author of Happyface . Walter Wilcox has never been in love. That is, until he meets Naomi, and sparks, and clever jokes, fly. But when his cop dad is caught in a racial profiling scandal, Walter, who is white, and Naomi, who is African American, are called out at school, home, and online. Can their bond (and mutual love of the Foo Fighters) keep them together? With black-and-white i……more