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  Cover Art: The Black Girl Next Door Baszile, Jennifer Lynn
The Black Girl Next Door
A powerful, beautifully written memoir about coming of age as a black girl in an exclusive white suburb in "integrated," post-Civil Rights California in the 1970s and 1980s.
310 p. 2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Bronxwood Booth, Coe
Tyrell's father is just out of jail, and Tyrell doesn't know how to deal with that...Tyrell's father has plans of his own, and doesn't seem to care whether or not Tyrell wants to go along with them. Tyrell can see the crash that's coming - with his dad, with the rest of his family, with the girls he's seeing - but he's not sure he can stop it...or if he even wants to.
328 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich Childress, Alice
A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich
The life of a thirteen-year-old Harlem black boy on his way to becoming a confirmed heroin addict is seen from his viewpoint and from that of several people around him.
126 p. 1973
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: First Semester Cross, Cecil R.
First Semester
James "JD" Dawson grew up in the hood, but left a life of violence three thousand miles behind to make something of himself at Clark Atlanta University. But when the freshman got off to a fool's start...JD was assigned a tutor, the luscious Katrina Turner. If JD wants to get with a girl like Katrina, he'll also have to learn to grow up.
250 p. 2007
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: 16 On the Block Daniels, Babygirl
16 On the Block
When she is expected to pay back her sister's old debt, sixteen-year-old Summer must take to the streets, learning hard, fast lessons about survival, loyalty, and love.
204 p. 2009
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Skin I'm in Flake, Sharon
The Skin I'm in
Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and makes some discoveries about how to love who she is and what she looks like.
171 p. 1998
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: You Don't Even Know Me Flake, Sharon
You Don't Even Know Me
Tow-Kaye just learned that the love of his life is pregnant -- and though he knows what the right thing to do is, he's scared to death to do it. Jeffrey hates having a mom who dresses like a teenager, but when another sexy mom moves in next door -- well, that's a different kind of problem. In these and twenty-two other short stories and poems, readers plumb the inner lives of African American teenage boys.
195 p. 2010
Teen Fiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: Barack Like Me Grier, David Alan
Barack Like Me
Grier unabashedly muses on politics, culture, and race while recounting his own life story in this edgy, timeless, hilarious, and revelatory memoir and look at all things Barack.
239 p. 2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: A Girl Named Mister Grimes, Nikki
A Girl Named Mister
A pregnant teenager finds support and forgiveness from God through a book of poetry presented from the Virgin Mary's perspective.
223 p. 2010
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Two the Hard Way Hunter, Travis
Two the Hard Way
Coming up in the inner city, Kwame and Romeo Braxton never had anyone except their Nana and each other. Now, Romeo is the star quarterback for the Tucker Tigers and Kwame is coming off two years in prison for doing nothing but keeping the wrong kind of friends. With everything in their lives out of control, Kwame and Romeo will have to decide who's really got their backs, and what kind of future they're ready to step up to.
248 p. 2010
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: On the Come Up Hunter, Travis.
On the Come Up
Growing up in the heart of the Atlanta ghetto, siblings DeMarco and Jasmine Winslow have developed a talent for survival. By the time DeMarco was fifteen, being locked up was better than being at home. So whenever he got hungry or cold or just plain tired of living in the ghetto, he'd steal something and make sure he got caught. Jasmine, DeMarco's twin sister, hasn't had the luxury of vacationing in juvie. She's had to balance being an honor roll student with fighting off advances from her mother's boyfriend. After her mom sides with her boyfriend, Jasmine's out on the streets and running with the DIVAs, a rough group of girls.
227 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: Sweet, Hereafter Johnson, Angela
Sweet, Hereafter
Sweet leaves her family and goes to live in a cabin in the woods with the quiet but understanding Curtis, to whom she feels intensely connected, just as he is called back to serve again in Iraq.
118 p. 2010
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Finding My Place Jones, Traci L.
Finding My Place
After moving to an affluent suburb of Denver in 1975, ninth-grader Tiphanie feels lonely at her nearly all-white high school until she befriends another "outsider" and discovers that prejudice exists in many forms.
181 p. 2010
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Payback Langan, Paul
Tyray Hobbs wants revenge. He was one of the most feared students in Bluford High until Darrell Mercer publicly humiliated him, and Tyray lost his reputation. Desperate to settle the score and regain respect, Tyray see only one solution to his problems -- a gun.
123 p. 2007
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Discovering Wes Moore Moore, Wes
Discovering Wes Moore
Wes Moore...explores the issues that separate success and failure. He also counterpoints his story with another man, someone who shared the same name, was almost the same age, grew up fatherless in a similar Baltimore neighborhood, but is serving a life sentence for murder. Compelled to write to the other Wes, the author was surprised to receive a reply. And so began a friendship, as letters turned into visits and the two men got to know one another.
160 p. 2012
Teen Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Secrets in the Shadows Schraff, Anne E.
Secrets in the Shadows
When Roylin Bailey falls in love with a new girl in his history class, he finds that his life starts to fall apart.
126 p. 2007
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Shortie Like Mine Simone, Ni-Ni
Shortie Like Mine
Sixteen-year-old Seven McKnight is fierce, fly, and fabulous...but she's got her share of issues...And Seven is definitely not happy that she's feelin' the school's hottest baller, Josiah, especially since he's dating her high maintenance girlfriend, Deeyah. But when Deeyah decides to play Josiah and his worst enemy against each other, she'll have everyone facing off in the worst way. The question is can Seven try and set things right or does she end up trying to save herself from major heartbreak?
viii, 231 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: On the Line Williams, Serena
On the Line
As one of the biggest stars in tennis, Williams has captured every major title and earned the #1 world ranking in tennis three times during her illustrious career. In this compelling and poignant memoir, she takes an empowering look at her extraordinary life and what is still to come.
257 p. 2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Kayla Chronicles Winston, Sherri
The Kayla Chronicles
At the urging of her pushy best friend, Kayla overcomes her reticence and tries out for the school dance team in order to expose their suspected discrimination, but when she unexpectedly makes the team--and even begins to enjoy performing--she finds her assumptions, and her sense of herself, challenged.
188 p. 2009
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: If You Come Softly Woodson, Jacqueline
If You Come Softly
After meeting at their private school in New York, fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and whose parents are separated, and Ellie, who is white and whose mother has twice abandoned her, fall in love and then try to cope with people's reactions.
181 p. 1998
Teen Fiction Book
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