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  Cover Art: Let the Circle be Unbroken 1982
Taylor, Mildred D.
Let the Circle be Unbroken
Four black children growing up in rural Mississippi during the Depression experience racial antagonisms and hard times, but learn from their parents the pride and self-respect they need to survive.
1981
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Sweet Whispers Brother Rush 1983
Hamilton, Virginia
Sweet Whispers Brother Rush
Fourteen-year-old Tree, resentful of her working mother who leaves her in charge of a retarded younger brother, encounters the ghost of her dead uncle and comes to a deeper understanding of her family's problems.
1982
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Everett Anderson's Goodbye 1984
Clifton, Lucille
Everett Anderson's Goodbye
Everett Anderson has a difficult time coming to terms with his grief after his father dies.
1983
Easy Picture Book
  Cover Art: The People Could Fly : American Black Folktales 1986
Hamilton, Virginia
The People Could Fly : American Black Folktales
Retold Afro-American folktales of animals, fantasy, the supernatural, and desire for freedom, born of the sorrow of the slaves, but passed on in hope.
1985
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World 1987
Walter, Mildred Pitts.
Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World
Suffering in a family full of females, ten-year-old Justin feels that cleaning and keeping house are women's work until he spends time on his beloved grandfather's ranch.
1986
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Friendship 1988
Taylor, Mildred D.
The Friendship
Four children witness a confrontation between an elderly man and a white storekeeper in rural Mississippi in the 1930s.
1987
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Fallen Angels 1989
Myers, Walter Dean
Fallen Angels
Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.
1988
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Road to Memphis 1991
Taylor, Mildred D.
The Road to Memphis
Sadistically teased by two White boys in 1940's rural Mississippi, a Black youth severely injures one of the boys with a tire iron and enlists Cassie's help in trying to flee the state.
1990
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Now is Your Time! : the African-American Struggle for Freedom 1992
Myers, Walter Dean
Now is Your Time! : the African-American Struggle for Freedom
A history of the African-American struggle for freedom and equality, beginning with the capture of Africans in 1619, continuing through the American Revolution, the Civil War, and into the Sixties. Includes material on Abd al-Rahmen Ibrahima, James Forten, George Latimer, Dred Scott, John Brown, Ida B. Wells, Meta Vaux Warrick, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X.
1991
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Dark-thirty : Southern Tales of the Supernatural 1993
McKissack, Pat
The Dark-thirty : Southern Tales of the Supernatural
A collection of ghost stories with African American themes, designed to be told during the Dark Thirty -- the half hour before nightfall -- when ghosts seem all too believable.
1992
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Toning the Sweep 1994
Johnson, Angela
Toning the Sweep
On a visit to her grandmother Ola, who is dying of cancer in her house in the desert, fourteen-year-old Emmie hears many stories about the past and her Black family's history and comes to a better understanding of relatives both dead and living.
1993
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Christmas in the Big House Christmas in the Quarters 1995
McKissack, Pat
Christmas in the Big House Christmas in the Quarters
Describes the customs, recipes, poems, and songs used to celebrate Christmas in the big plantation houses and in the slave quarters just before the Civil War.
1994
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Her Stories : African American Folktales Fairy Tales and True Tales 1996
Hamilton, Virginia
Her Stories : African American Folktales Fairy Tales and True Tales
Collection of 19 folktales, legends, and true stories celebrating the heroic cunning, patience, and courage of African-American women and girls.
1995
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Slam! 1997
Myers, Walter Dean
Slam!
Seventeen-year-old Slam Harris is counting on his basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.
1996
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Forged By Fire 1998
Draper, Sharon M.
Forged By Fire
After surviving a fire, Gerald experiences separation from his mother, the loss of his great aunt, and life with his stepsister's abusive father.
1997
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Heaven 1999
Johnson, Angela
Heaven
Fourteen-year-old Marley's seemingly perfect life in the small town of Heaven is disrupted when she discovers that her father and mother are not her real parents.
1998
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Bud Not Buddy 2000
Curtis, Christopher Paul
Bud Not Buddy
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father -- the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.
1999
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Miracle's Boys 2001
Woodson, Jacqueline
Miracle's Boys
Twelve-year-old Lafayette's close relationship with his older brother Charlie changes after Charlie is released from a detention home and blames Lafayette for the death of their mother.
2000
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Land 2002
Taylor, Mildred D.
The Land
After the Civil War Paul, the son of a white father and a black mother, finds himself caught between the two worlds of colored folks and white folks as he pursues his dream of owning land of his own.
2001
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Bronx Masquerade 2003
Grimes, Nikki
Bronx Masquerade
While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they've written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.
2001
Teen Fiction Book
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