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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

Lockdown is the powerful tale of fourteen-year-old Reese Anderson, who has spent 22 months in a tiny cell at a “progress center.” Living in fear and isolation, Reese begins looking within himself to find...


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...


Spellbound

by Janet McDonald

In Janet McDonald's powerful and funny novel, a smart and resilient young woman whose life isn't what she dreamed it would be learns that there are many ways to spell SUCCESS.

Raven's life has been derailed....


Finding My Place

by Traci L. Jones

After moving to an affluent suburb of Denver in 1975, ninth-grader Tiphanie, the only Black girl in her new high school, feels out of place until she befriends another outsider--Jackie Sue, whose "trailer trash"...


Underground

by Jean Ferris

In 1839, visitors from miles around come to Kentucky to tour Mammoth Cave. But sixteen-year-old Charlotte, the maid at Mammoth Cave Hotel, doesn't understand its appeal. As a slave, she is already trapped, and...


Chocolate Me!

by Taye Diggs & Shane W. Evans

A timely book about how it feels to be teased and taunted, and how each of us is sweet and lovely and delicious on the inside, no matter how we look.

The boy is teased for looking different than the other kids....


The 5 O'Clock Band

by Troy Andrews & Bryan Collier

In this companion to the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winning Trombone Shorty, join a scrappy young musician named Shorty on a tour of his beloved New Orleans. After letting his band down by...


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...