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Thought-provoking fiction and nonfiction books to read or listen to, in print and online for teens and adults.

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Graphic Novel
Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists : A Graphic History of Women’s Fight for Their Rights
Author: Mikki Kendall

Adult nonfiction graphic novel. Covering the key figures and events that have advanced women's rights from antiquity to the modern era, this fascinating graphic novel-style primer illuminates stories of notable women throughout history and the progressive movements led by women that have shaped history. Age: 14+

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March. Book One
Author: John Lewis

Adult nonfiction graphic novel, and e-book. Volume one of John Lewis's autobiographic graphic novel trilogy. The work gives a first-hand account of Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. Age: 11+

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March. Book Three
Author: John Lewis

Adult nonfiction graphic novel, and e-book. Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world. Age: 13+

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March. Book Two
Author: John Lewis

Adult nonfiction graphic novel, and e-book. After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, John Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence -- but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before."--page 3 of cover. Age: 12+

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I am Alfonso Jones
Author: Tony Medina

YA graphic novel. The ghost of fifteen-year-old Alfonso Jones travels in a New York subway car full of the living and the dead, watching his family and friends fight for justice after he is killed by an off-duty police officer while buying a suit in a Midtown department store. Age: 13+

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Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel
Author: Jason Reynolds

YA Graphic novel. There are three rules in the neighborhood: Don't cry ; Don't snitch ; Get revenge. Will takes his dead brother Shawn's gun, and gets in the elevator on the 7th floor. As the elevator stops on each floor, someone connected to Shawn gets on. Someone already dead. Dead by teenage gun violence. And each has something to share with Will. Age: 13+

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Monster : A Graphic Novel
Author: Guy A. Sims

YA graphic novel. An adaptation of the book by Walter Dean Myers. While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken. Age: 14+

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Rebound
Author: Kwame Alexander

Child fiction book and large print, e-book, audiobook on cd, and e-audiobook. In the summer of 1988, twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is sent to stay with his grandparents, where he discovers jazz and basketball and learns more about his family's past. Age: 11+

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Between the World and Me
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Adult nonfiction book, e-book, e-audiobook, and large print. In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Age: 15+

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The Water Dancer
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Adult fiction book, e-book, audiobook on cd, e-audiobook, and large print. "Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage--and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child--but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he's ever known."-- Provided by publisher. Age: Adult.

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Their Eyes Were Watching God
Author: Zora Neale Hurston

Adult fiction book, e-book, e-audiobook, and large print. An African-American woman searches for a fulfilling relationship through two loveless marriages and finally finds it in the person of Tea Cake, an itinerant laborer and gambler. Age: 14+

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Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
Author: Margot Lee Shetterly

Adult nonfiction book, e-book, audiobook on cd, e-audiobook, and large print. An account of the previously unheralded but pivotal contributions of NASA's African-American women mathematicians to America's space program; describes how they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws in spite of their groundbreaking successes. Age: 15+

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Beloved
Author: Toni Morrison

Adult fiction book, e-book, e-audiobook, and large print. After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved." Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things begin to happen. Set in rural Ohio several years after the Civil War, this profoundly affecting chronicle of slavery and its aftermath is Toni Morrison's greatest novel, a dazzling achievement, and the most spellbinding reading experience of the decade. A brutally powerful, mesmerizing story ... read it and tremble. Age: 15+

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The Bluest Eye
Author: Toni Morrison

Adult fiction book, e-book, audiobook on cd, e-audiobook, and large print. It is the story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove -- a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others -- who prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment. Age: 14+

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The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas

YA fiction book, e-book, audiobook on cd, e-audiobook, and large print. After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died. Age: 14+

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The Nickel Boys
Author: Colson Whitehead

Adult fiction book, e-book, e-audiobook, and large print. As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South in the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called The Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men." In reality, The Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors, where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Age: 15+

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Fiction

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Fiction
He Said, She Said
Author: Kwame Alexander

YA fiction book, and e-audiobook. “When a popular football 'playa' and ladies man and the smartest girl in school lead a school protest, sparks fly as their social media-aided revolution grows"-- Provided by publisher. Age: 14+

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Rebound
Author: Kwame Alexander

Child fiction book and large print, e-book, audiobook on cd, and e-audiobook. In the summer of 1988, twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is sent to stay with his grandparents, where he discovers jazz and basketball and learns more about his family's past. Age: 11+

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Solo
Author: Kwame Alexander

YA fiction book, e-book, audiobook on cd, e-audiobook. Seventeen-year-old Blade endeavors to resolve painful issues from his past to navigate the challenges of his former rockstar father's addictions, scathing tabloid rumors, and a protected secret that threatens his own identity. Age: 14+

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Swing
Author: Kwame Alexander

YA fiction book, e-book, e-audiobook. “Noah and his best friend Walt want to become cool, make the baseball team, and win over Sam, the girl Noah has loved for years. When Noah finds old love letters, Walt hatches a plan to woo Sam. But as Noah's love life and Walt's baseball career begin, the letters alter everything."-- Provided by publisher. Age: 14+

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Go Tell It on the Mountain
Author: James Baldwin

Adult fiction, e-book, audiobook on cd, and e-audiobook. Describes a day in the life of several members of a Harlem fundamentalist church. The saga of three generations of people is related through flashbacks. Age: 15+

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Saving Savannah
Author: Tonya Bolden

YA fiction book, and e-audiobook. Savannah Riddle feels suffocated by her life as the daughter of an upper class African American family in Washington, D.C., until she meets a working-class girl named Nella who introduces her to the suffragette and socialist movements and to her politically active cousin Lloyd. Age: 13+

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Speaking of Summer
Author: Kalisha Buckhanon

Adult fiction, e-book, and e-audiobook. “On a cold December evening, Autumn Spencer's twin sister Summer walks to the roof of their shared Harlem brownstone and is never seen again, the door to the roof is locked, and no footsteps are found. Faced with authorities indifferent to another missing woman, Autumn must pursue answers on her own, all while grieving her mother's recent death. With her friends and neighbors, Autumn pretends to hold up through the crisis. She falls into an affair with Summer's boyfriend to cope with the disappearance of a woman they both loved. But the loss becomes too great, the mystery too inexplicable, and Autumn starts to unravel, all the while becoming obsessed with murdered women and the men who kill them."-- Provided by publisher. Age: Adult.

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A Phoenix First Must Burn : Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope
Author: Patrice Caldwell

YA fiction book. Black girls, including gender non-conforming individuals, star in this collection of sixteen stories of fantasy, science fiction, and magic. Age: 12+

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Felix Ever After
Author: Kacen Callender

YA fiction book, and audiobook on cd. Felix Love, a transgender seventeen-year-old, attempts to get revenge by catfishing his anonymous bully, but lands in a quasi-love triangle with his former enemy and his best friend. Age: 14+

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The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln
Author: Stephen L. Carter

Adult fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. In an alternate history novel, Lincoln escapes assassination by John Wilkes Booth only to face impeachment, and Abigail Canner, a young black woman involved in his defense, helps investigate the murder of the president's counsel. Age: Adult.

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The Water Dancer
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Adult fiction book, e-book, audiobook on cd, e-audiobook, and large print. "Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage--and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child--but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he's ever known."-- Provided by publisher. Age: Adult.

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The Revolution of Birdie Randolph
Author: Brandy Colbert

YA fiction. Sixteen-year-old Dove "Birdie" Randolph's close bond with her parents is threatened by a family secret, and by hiding her relationship with Booker, who has been in juvenile detention. Age: 13+

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The Voting Booth
Author: Brandy Colbert

YA fiction book. “An African American teen activist is drawn to a young man she meets accidentally. Marva Sheridan was passionate about politics long before she was able to vote herself. It was not enough to anticipate voting for the first time, she’s also worked to make sure that others did so as well. When she witnesses Duke Crenshaw, another teen, being turned away on Election Day, she springs into action.“ Age: 12+

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An Unconditional Freedom
Author: Alyssa Cole

Adult fiction book. Third book in the Loyal League series. An assassination plot that could end the Civil War, and a hidden enemy that could destroy a secret league of unsung heroes ... Daniel Cumberland, born free in Massachusetts, studied law with dreams of helping his people--dreams that died the night he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Daniel is rescued, but he's a changed man. When he's offered entry into the Loyal League, the covert organization of Black spies who helped free him, he seizes the opportunity for vengeance against the Confederacy and those who support it. Age: Adult.

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Tyler Johnson Was Here
Author: Jay Coles

YA fiction book. “When Marvin Johnson's twin brother, Tyler, is shot and killed by a police officer, Marvin must fight injustice to learn the true meaning of freedom."-- Provided by publisher. Age: 14+

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Untwine: A Novel
Author: Edwidge Danticat

YA fiction book. Identical twin teenagers Giselle and Isabelle Boyer have always been inseparable, and expected to stay that way even though their Haitian American parents are separating--but when the entire family is caught in a car crash, everyone's world is shattered forever. Age: 12+

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Invisible Man
Author: Ralph Ellison

Adult fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. Ellison won the National Book Award for this searing record of a black man's journey through contemporary America. Age: 15+

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Pet
Author: Akwaeke Emezi

YA fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. In a near-future society that claims to have gotten rid of all monstrous people, a creature emerges from a painting seventeen-year-old Jam's mother created, a hunter from another world seeking a real-life monster. Age: 12+

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I Wanna Be Where You Are
Author: Kristina Forest

YA fiction book. When Chloe Pierce's mom forbids her to apply for a spot at the dance conservatory of her dreams, she devises a secret plan to drive two hundred miles to the nearest audition. But Chloe hits her first speed bump when her annoying neighbor Eli insists upon hitching a ride, threatening to tell Chloe's mom if she leaves him and his smelly dog, Geezer, behind. So now Chloe's chasing her ballet dreams down the east coast--two unwanted (but kinda cute) passengers in her car, butterflies in her stomach, and a really dope playlist on repeat. Filled with roadside hijinks, heart-stirring romance, and a few broken rules. Age: 13+

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House Arrest
Author: K. A. Holt

YA fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. Young Timothy is sentenced to house arrest after impulsively stealing a wallet, and he is forced to keep a journal into which he pours all his thoughts, fears, and frustrations. Age: 13+

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Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick : Stories from the Harlem Renaissance
Author: Zora Neale Hurston

Adult fiction book, and e-audiobook. Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick is an outstanding collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, racism and sexism that proudly reflect African American folk culture. Brought together for the first time in one volume, they include eight of Hurston’s “lost” Harlem stories, which were found in forgotten periodicals and archives.” —book jacket. Age: Adult.

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Their Eyes Were Watching God
Author: Zora Neale Hurston

Adult fiction book, e-book, e-audiobook, and large print. An African-American woman searches for a fulfilling relationship through two loveless marriages and finally finds it in the person of Tea Cake, an itinerant laborer and gambler. Age: 14+

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Dread Nation : Rise Up
Author: Justina Ireland

YA fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. When families go missing in Baltimore County, Jane McKeene, who is studying to become an Attendant, finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy that has her fighting for her life against powerful enemies. Age: 14+

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Let Me Hear a Rhyme
Author: Tiffany D. Jackson

YA fiction book. Biggie Smalls was right. Things done changed. But that doesn't mean Quadir and Jarrell are cool letting their best friend Steph's music lie forgotten under his bed after he is murdered—not when his rhymes could turn any Bed-Stuy corner into a party, not after years of having each other's backs. With the help of Steph's younger sister, Jasmine, who is eager to see justice for her brother, Quadir and Jarrell come up with a plan to promote Steph's music under a new rap name: the Architect. Age: 12+

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