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Zero Fade

by Chris L Terry

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


Missing: Calvin Crane and the Kidnapper

by Kevin Don Porter

MISSING. That's what the posters say about the girl. After bumping into a strange man at Yellowstone National Park who's secretly removing the posters, Calvin Crane thinks their van is being tailed. In a cramped...


Lockdown

by Walter Dean Myers

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

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...


Tags

by Walter Dean Myers

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...


Travels with Louis

by Mick Carlon

The warm-hearted story of Louis Armstrong and 12-year-old Fred, who learns about jazz—and life—from the great musician himself.


Langston's Moon

by Dorothy Edwards & Grace Linderholm

When little Langston sees a big harvest moon for the first time, he is mesmerized. To him the moon looks like a big, creamy, dreamy, sugar-cookie close enough to touch. He’s not interested in learning facts...


Shadows on Society Hill

by Evelyn Coleman & Juliana Kolesova

Addy is overjoyed when Poppa's new boss offers the Walker family a home of their own on his property in Philadelphia's elegant Society Hill neighborhood. But Addy soon discovers that their new home holds frightening...


Simone Visits the Museum

by Dr. Kelsi Bracmort & Takeia Marie

Simone Visits the Museum introduces readers to Simone, an inquisitive and vibrant young African-American girl growing up in a neighborhood in Southeast, Washington, DC. This book follows Simone through an exciting...


The Birth of the Curly Boys

by Doris Johnson

In hospitals all over the United States, The Curly Cutes baby boys are born. They are unique baby boys with wavy, tightly coiled, wooly or puffy hair just like yours my strong, handsome little baby boy. Curly...


Imagine Africa

by Summer Burns-Allen

Imagine Africa is a childrens ballad of love told by the members of an African American family. Each family member reveals their admiration for one another in this rhythmic tale. Their imaginations turn their...


I Have Two Daddies

by Lynn Calvin & Maria Rask

This is a story of a little girl who tells of thelove she experiences through the relationships with her earthly and Heavenly Daddies. She describes her two daddies and the love they show her. She invites you...


Catching of an Eye

by Kymberly Gonzalez

What would you do if the love of your life is the "Catch Of An Eye" and he betrays you? Do you take revenge? Do you kill or do you forgive? Sabrina travels the maze of life looking for the answer.

This novel...


Diary of a Smart Black Kid

by Taylor Ii M David

Baron Winters faces life as an 11 year old.

He knows that going into sixth grade being smart, black and a geek comes with a lot of challenges. Not the least of which is bullets, bullies and parents.

And girls....


Slump

by Kevin Waltman

"Waltman's series opener [Next] (first of a planned four) features plenty of basketball action fueled by hoops slang that will set basketball-mad readers right onto the court. . . . The author avoids slam-dunk...


Next

by Kevin Waltman

In Indiana, basketball is the next thing to religion. Especially for inner-city black kids like Derrick Bowen. He's a 6'3" freshman, lightning quick, and he can slam the rock. He wants to start at point guard...


Railroad of Courage

by Dan Rubenstein & Nancy Dyson

This young reader novel about the Underground Railroad begins when Rebecca, a twelve-year-old slave in South Carolina, hears that Grower Brown plans to sell her father to another grower. Unwilling to accept...


Early Sunday Morning

by Denene Millner & Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Early Sunday Morning is the first offering from Denene Millner Books, the new children’s line published under Agate’s Bolden imprint in partnership with Denene Millner, the noted parenting authority, editor,...


Uncle Tom’s Cabin

by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly is an anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Published in 1852, the novel helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War. The sentimental novel...


Quicks

by Kevin Waltman

Senior Year. Glory time! But nothing’s easy. Girls. Family. The rehabbed knee. And there’s this white guy. S’up with that?