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I, Dred Scott: A Fictional Slave Narrative Based on the Life and Legal Precedent of Dred Scott

by Shelia P. Moses & Bonnie Christensen Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 11, 2010)

Born into slavery in Virginia in the late 1700s, Dred Scott had little to look forward to in life. But he was fortunate in two ways: His first owner was fairly kind to him, and he grew up with his owner's children,...


Harriet Tubman

by Kathleen Kudlinski & Robert Brown Aladdin (January 06, 2015)

One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively, inspiring, fictionalized biographies -- easily...


Sacagawea

by Flora Warren Seymour & Robert Doremus Aladdin (December 30, 2014)

Learn about the childhood of Sacagawea, one of the first female all-stars in American history—and honored in US currency on the dollar coin.

Sacagawea was a Lemhi Shoshone woman who accompanied the Lewis and...


Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Dharathula H. Millender & Al Fiorentino Aladdin (December 30, 2014)

One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively, inspiring, fictionalized biographies -- easily...


Rosa Parks

by Kathleen Kudlinski & Meryl Henderson Aladdin (December 30, 2014)

Learn about the childhood of Rosa Parks, who grew up to be a legendary Civil Rights activist and an all-star in American history.

Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama....


The Girl in the Torch

by Robert Sharenow Balzer + Bray (May 26, 2015)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret meets True Grit in this heartfelt novel of resilience, hope, and discovering a family where you least expect it, from award-winning author Robert Sharenow.

At the dawn of the twentieth...


Forged by Fire

by Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 05, 2011)

The flame of love burns bright in the second book of Sharon M. Draper’s award-winning Hazelwood High trilogy.

When Gerald was a child he was fascinated by fire. But fire is dangerous and powerful, and tragedy...


Double Dutch

by Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 05, 2011)

Delia loves Double Dutch. And she's good at it. Really good. So good that her team has a chance to win the World Double Dutch Championships this year -- Delia is sure of it. What she is less sure of is her chance...


Darkness Before Dawn

by Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 05, 2011)

Hope shines in the face of fear in this conclusion to Sharon M. Draper’s award-winning Hazelwood High trilogy.

In her senior year, things are finally looking a little brighter for Keisha. Still haunted by the...


The Prince of Venice Beach

by Blake Nelson Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (June 03, 2014)

Robert "'Cali" Callahan is a teen runaway, living on the streets of Venice Beach, California. He's got a pretty sweet life: a treehouse to sleep in, a gang of surf bros, a regular basketball game...even a girl...


Girl in Reverse

by Barbara Stuber Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 13, 2014)

Being adopted isn’t easy—especially when you’re seen as a national enemy. A teen seeks the roots of her identity in this stirring novel from the acclaimed author of Crossing the Tracks.

When Lily was three,...


The Genius Files #5: License to Thrill

by Dan Gutman HarperCollins (January 27, 2015)

The most exciting road trip in history has reached its final destination! In this fifth book in the thrilling, New York Times bestselling adventure series, Coke and Pepsi McDonald make it back home to the West...


Zero Fade

by Chris L Terry Curbside Splendor Publishing (September 16, 2013)

Inner-city teenager Kevin Phifer is grounded and battles with girls, bullies, so-called friends, his gay uncle, and wack haircuts.


Gabrielle's Land Too

by Mark Nicholas & Kahla Nicholas Barely Lit Spaces Publications (March 11, 2014)

Gabrielle's night time journey begins as she prepares for bed. Traveling through the United States, narrated loosely by the iconic lyrics of Woody Guthrie's song This Land is Your Land, little Gabrielle discovers...


Steal Away Home

by Lois Ruby Aladdin (March 11, 2014)

When Dana uncovers a skeleton hidden in the wall of her home, she also uncovers a dark secret that stretches back years.

When twelve-year-old Dana Shannon starts to strip away wallpaper in her family’s old...


Haters

by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 04, 2006)

From the first day at her new Southern California high school, Pasquala Rumalda Quintana de Archuleta ("Paski") learns that the popular students may be diverse in ethnicity but are alike in their cruelty. While...


I Lived on Butterfly Hill

by Marjorie Agosin & Lee White Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 04, 2014)

An eleven-year-old’s world is upended by political turmoil in this “lyrically ambitious tale of exile and reunification” (Kirkus Reviews) from an award-winning poet, based on true events in Chile.

Celeste...


Betrayed!

by Patricia Calvert Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 15, 2011)

Some men aren't meant for safe pastures.

Home cooking, a warm bed, family -- all these things Tyler's father, Black Jack Bohannon, gave up for an unknown destiny. Now, at fourteen, Tyler is following in his father's...


The Big Wander

by Will Hobbs Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 08, 2008)

A Summer To Remember

Fourteen-year-old Clay Lancaster has been dreaming for years of the adventure he calls The Big Wander -- a summer in the Southwest with his older brother, Mike, searching for their uncle...


Split Ends

by Jacquelin Thomas Pocket Books (March 09, 2010)

Divine AND FRIENDS

These girlfriends get through bad hair days together --

and anything else that life in L.A. throws at them!

Kylie Sanderson isn't looking for a handout or anyone's charity -- what she needs,...


The Indian How Book

by Arthur C. Parker Dover Publications (February 21, 2013)

Enhanced by 51 illustrations, this eye-opening work tells how Native Americans made fire, teepees, canoes, war bonnets, fishhooks, arrowheads, wampum, plus how they courted, treated women, bathed, cut their...


Kira-Kira

by Cynthia Kadohata Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 20, 2008)

kira-kira (kee' ra kee' ra): glittering; shining

Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time....


Letters From a Slave Girl

by Mary E. Lyons Simon Pulse (June 25, 2008)

Harriet Jacobs was born into slavery; it's the only life she has ever known. Now, with the death of her mistress, there is a chance she will be given her freedom, and for the first time Harriet feels hopeful....


When I Was the Greatest

by Jason Reynolds & Michael Frost Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 07, 2014)

In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head—even if you’re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut that Publishers Weekly calls “a funny and rewarding...


Journey to America

by Sonia Levitin & Charles Robinson Aladdin (April 30, 1987)

It's 1938, and terrible things are happening in Germany. Jews are being hounded with no laws: you must a wear a yellow star on your clothing; you cannot attend this school; you cannot go here...or there. The...


Roberto Clemente

by Montrew Dunham & Meryl Henderson Aladdin (September 05, 2008)

Roberto Clemente Walker was a Puerto Rican professional baseball player. He played 18 seasons at right field for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was a National League, Most Valuable Player once, All-Star twelve times...


The Year of Miss Agnes

by Kirkpatrick Hill Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 26, 2008)

A year they'll never forget

Ten-year-old Frederika (Fred for short) doesn't have much faith that the new teacher in town will last very long. After all, they never do. Most teachers who come to their one-room...


Habibi

by Naomi Shihab Nye Simon Pulse (June 30, 2008)

Fourteen-year-old Liyana Abboud would rather not have to change her life...especially now that she has been kissed, for the very first time and quite by surprise, by a boy named Jackson.

But when her parents...


Langston Hughes

by Montrew Dunham Aladdin (June 30, 2008)

Focuses on the early years of the well-known poet, Langston Hughes, whose writings reflect the everyday experiences of African Americans.


Trouble in My Way

by Michelle Stimpson Pocket Books (December 01, 2009)

IT'S ALL HER MOM'S FAULT.

If she hadn't snooped into Karis's diary, she would never have found out that Karis went to a boy's house without permission. Now Karis is grounded, which means no modem, no iPod...and...


Getting Even

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley Pocket Books (April 22, 2008)

The fourth book in The Good Girlz series from national bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley

One guy is leading them on....

Best friends forever, Camille, Alexis, Jasmine, and Angel always stand up...


So Hard to Say

by Alex Sanchez Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 27, 2009)

When Frederick shows up at school, Xio is thrilled. The new boy is shy, cute, and definitely good boyfriend material. Before long, she pulls him into her lively circle of friends.

Frederick knows he should...


Aaliyah

by Victoria Christopher Murray Pocket Books (October 20, 2009)

The Divine Divas are going big-time -- to the finals of the Glory 2 God Teen Talent Search. They're just one big win away from a recording contract, and then...well, watch out, gospel music!

When Diamond first...


I Wanna Be Your Shoebox

by Cristina Garcia Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 22, 2009)

Because Yumi RuÍz-Hirsch has grandparents from Japan, Cuba, and Brooklyn, her mother calls her a poster child for the twenty-first century. Yumi would laugh if only her life wasn't getting as complicated as...


Heaven

by Angela Johnson Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (November 19, 2013)

A poignant novel of deception and self-discover from three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Angela Johnson.

You never know what’s gonna come down—in Heaven.

At fourteen, Marley knows she has Momma's hands...


The Legend of Buddy Bush

by Shelia P. Moses Margaret K. McElderry Books (November 12, 2013)

Celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of Shelia P. Moses’s National Book Award finalist and Coretta Scott King Honoree, The Legend of Buddy Bush, with this new edition of a classic novel that’s more relevant...


Lone Wolves

by John Smelcer Leapfrog Press (September 23, 2013)

A half-Indian with an outcast wolf as lead dog, Deneena attempts the Great Race to prove herself and her heritage.


Street Pharm

by Allison Van Diepen Simon Pulse (September 03, 2013)

Ty Johnson knows survival. Since inheriting his pop’s business at sixteen, Ty’s developed smarts, skills, and mad discipline. The supply game’s in his blood. And life is pretty sweet when you’re on top....


The Heart Is Not a Size

by Beth Kephart HarperTeen (March 30, 2010)

Georgia knows what it means to keep secrets. She knows how to ignore things. She knows that some things are better left unsaid. . . . Or are they?

When Georgia and her best friend, Riley, travel along with nine...


Lockdown

by Walter Dean Myers Amistad (February 02, 2010)

When I first got to Progress, it freaked me out to be locked in a room and unable to get out. But after a while, when you got to thinking about it, you knew nobody could get in, either.

It seems as if the only...


The Contender

by Robert Lipsyte HarperTeen (January 26, 2010)

The breakthrough modern sports novel The Contender shows readers the true meaning of being a hero.

This acclaimed novel by celebrated sportswriter Robert Lipsyte, the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award...


The Genius Files #4: From Texas with Love

by Dan Gutman HarperCollins (January 28, 2014)

The most exciting road trip in history continues! In this fourth book in the thrilling, New York Times bestselling adventure series, twelve-year-old twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald discover that everything really...


The Chief

by Robert Lipsyte HarperTeen (April 06, 2010)

A fight for his people.

Sonny Bear, the Tomahawk Kid, has a championship left hook. But his boxing career's going nowhere, and he's ready to hang it up.

Then his manager, tough ex-cop Alfred Brooks, and his "writer,"...


Sugar

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

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


Bull Run

by Paul Fleischman HarperCollins (September 24, 2013)

Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction * ALA Best Book for Young Adults * ALA Notable Children's Book

In this brilliant fictional tour de force, which the New York Times called "a deft, poignant...


Junonia

by Kevin Henkes Greenwillow Books (July 02, 2013)

Returning to the beach cottage—a cottage named Scallop—where she has always celebrated her birthday is a special occasion for Alice Rice.

Who will see the first dolphin this time? The first pelican? What...


Tags

by Walter Dean Myers HarperTeen (March 05, 2013)

From Walter Dean Myers, the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, comes this 20-page one-act play. Tags is a look at life and death in New York City, complete with a shocking end.

Four New York City teens...


Miss Spitfire

by Sarah Miller Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 27, 2009)

Annie Sullivan was little more than a half-blind orphan with a fiery tongue when she arrived at Ivy Green in 1887. Desperate for work, she’d taken on a seemingly impossible job—teaching a child who was deaf,...


Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies)

by Justina Chen Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 02, 2012)

Half Asian and half white, Patty Ho has never felt completely home in her skin. When a Chinese fortuneteller foresees a white guy on Patty's horizon, things go from bad to worse in this novel by acclaimed author...


Stars and Sparks on Stage

by Sharon M. Draper & Jesse Joshua Watson Aladdin (September 04, 2012)

The Clubhouse kids compete for a big prize—and make some creative moves—in this repackaged and talent-filled tale from bestselling author Sharon Draper.

Ziggy, Jerome, Rashawn, and Rico are sure they’re...