Fiction

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Fiction
Elijah of Buxton
Author: Christopher Paul Curtis
Child fiction book, e-book, audiobook on CD, e-audiobook, and large print. In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom. Age: 9-13.
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The Journey of Little Charlie
Author: Christopher Paul Curtis
Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. When his poor sharecropper father is killed in an accident and leaves the family in debt, twelve-year-old Little Charlie agrees to accompany fearsome plantation overseer Cap'n Buck north in pursuit of people who have stolen from him; Cap'n Buck tells Little Charlie that his father's debt will be cleared when the fugitives are captured, which seems like a good deal until Little Charlie comes face-to-face with the people he is chasing. Age: 9-12.
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The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963
Author: Christopher Paul Curtis

Child fiction book, e-book, audiobook on cd, and e-audiobook. The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963. Age: 10-13.

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Blended
Author: Sharon M. Draper
Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. Piano-prodigy Isabella, eleven, whose black father and white mother struggle to share custody, never feels whole, especially as racial tensions affect her school, her parents both become engaged, and she and her stepbrother are stopped by police. Age: 9-12.
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Stella by Starlight
Author: Sharon M. Draper
Child fiction book, e-book, audiobook on cd, and e-audiobook. When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town. Age: 9-12.
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Jazmin’s Notebook
Author: Nikki Grimes
Child fiction book. Jazmin, an Afro-American teenager who lives with her older sister in a small Harlem apartment in the 1960s, finds strength in writing poetry and keeping a record of the events in her sometimes difficult life. Age: 10-14.
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House of Dies Drear
Author: Virginia Hamilton
Child fiction large print, and e-audiobook. A black family tries to unravel the secrets of their new home which was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. Age: 10-13.
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The Parker Inheritance
Author: Varian Johnson
Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. Twelve-year-old Candice Miller is spending the summer in Lambert, South Carolina, in the old house that belonged to her grandmother, who died after being dismissed as city manager for having the city tennis courts dug up looking for buried treasure--but when she finds the letter that sent her grandmother on the treasure hunt, she finds herself caught up in the mystery and, with the help of her new friend and fellow book-worm, Brandon, she sets out to find the inheritance, exonerate her grandmother, and expose an injustice once committed against an African American family in Lambert. Age: 8-12.
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Standing Against the Wind
Author: Traci L. Jones
Child fiction. As she tries to escape her poor Chicago neighborhood by winning a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, shy and studious eighth-grader Patrice discovers that she has more options in life than she previously realized. Age: 11-14.
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Time’s Memory
Author: Julius Lester
Child fiction book, and large print. Ekundayo, a Dogon spirit brought to America from Africa, inhabits the body of a young African American slave on a Virginia plantation, where he experiences loss, sorrow, and reconciliation in the months preceding the Civil War. Age: 12-16.
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For Black Girls Like Me
Author: Mariama Lockington
Child fiction book. Eleven-year-old Makeda dreams of meeting her African American mother, while coping with serious problems in her white adopted family, a cross-country move, and being homeschooled. Age: 9-12.
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The Season of Styx Malone
Author: Kekla Magoon

Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. Caleb Franklin and his younger brother, Bobby Gene, spend an extraordinary summer with their new, older neighbor, Styx Malone, a foster boy from the city. Age: 9-12.

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Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
Author: Kwame Mbalia
Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. Seventh-grader Tristan Strong feels anything but strong ever since he failed to save his best friend when they were in a bus accident together. All he has left of Eddie is the journal his friend wrote stories in. Tristan is dreading the month he's going to spend on his grandparents' farm. But on his first night there, a sticky creature shows up and steals Eddie's notebook. Tristan chases after it, and a tug-of-war ensues between them underneath a Bottle Tree. In a last attempt to get it away from the creature, Tristan punches the tree, accidentally ripping open a chasm into the MidPass, a volatile place with a burning sea, haunted bone ships, and iron monsters. Tristan finds himself in the middle of a battle that has left black American folk heroes John Henry and Brer Rabbit exhausted. In order to get back home, Tristan and these new allies will need to entice the god Anansi, the Weaver, to come out of hiding. Can Tristan save this world before he loses more of the things he loves? Age: 8-12.
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The Red Pencil
Author: Andrea Davis Pinkney
Child fiction book, and e-audiobook. “After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp, where she finds hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single red pencil and the friendship and encouragement of a wise elder."-- Provided by publisher. Age: 10-13.
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A Good Kind of Trouble
Author: Lisa Ramée

Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. After attending a powerful protest, Shayla starts wearing an armband to school to support the Black Lives Matter movement, but when the school gives her an ultimatum, she is forced to choose between her education and her identity. Age: 8-12.

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Ghost
Author: Jason Reynolds
Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. First book in the Track series. “Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential."-- Provided by publisher. Age: 10-13.
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Look Both Ways : A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
Author: Jason Reynolds
Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. “A collection of ten short stories that all take place in the same day about kids walking home from school."-- Provided by publisher. Age: 10-14.
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Black Brother, Black Brother
Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes
Child fiction book. Suspended unjustly from elite Middlefield Prep, Donte Ellison studies fencing with a former champion, hoping to put the racist fencing team captain in his place. Age: 10-13.
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Ghost Boys
Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes

Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. “After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till."-- Provided by publisher. Age: 10+

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The Hero Two Doors Down : Based on the True Story of Friendship between a Boy and a Baseball Legend
Author: Sharon Robinson
Child fiction book, and e-audiobook. Eight-year-old Steve Satlow is thrilled when Jackie Robinson moves into his Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn in 1948, although many of his neighbors are not, and when Steve actually meets his hero he is even more excited--and worried that a misunderstanding over a Christmas tree could damage his new friendship. Age: 8-10.
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Betty before X
Author: Ilyasah Shabazz

Child fiction book, and e-audiobook. Raised by her aunt until she is six, Betty, who will later marry Malcolm X, joins her mother and stepfamily in 1940s Detroit, where she learns about the civil rights movement. Age: 10-14.

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Black Panther : The Young Prince
Author: Ronald L. Smith

Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. “He felt the mesh of the Vibranium under his fingertips, smooth yet hard at the same time. It almost seemed like it pulsed. Like it wanted to be worn. ‘This is the suit of the Black Panther,’ T'Challa whispered. ‘The suit of my father and his father before him’. He let the fabric fall from his hands and unfurl toward the floor. ‘I have to do this,’ he said. ‘I have no choice.’” Age: 8-12.

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Flygirl
Author: Sherri L. Smith
Child fiction book. During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl "passes" for white in order to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Age: 11+
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Clean Getaway
Author: Nic Stone
Child fiction book, and e-book. An 11-year-old boy confronts the realities of race relations, past and present, and the mysterious agenda of his unconventional grandmother during an unplanned spring break road trip through the once-segregated American South. Age: 8-12.
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Celeste's Harlem Renaissance
Author: Eleanora E. Tate
Child fiction book. In 1921, thirteen-year-old Celeste leaves North Carolina to stay with her glamorous Aunt Valentina in Harlem, New York, where she discovers the vibrant Harlem Renaissance in full swing, even though her aunt's life is not exactly what she was led to believe. Age: 9-12.
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Let the Circle Be Unbroken
Author: Mildred Taylor

Child fiction book. Part of the Logan Family Saga, this is the sequel to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. 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. Age: 11-13.

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Author: Mildred Taylor
Child fiction book, e-book, audiobook on cd, and e-audiobook. Part of the Logan Family Saga. A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand. Age: 10-13.
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The Gold Cadillac
Author: Mildred Taylor

Fiction e-book. Two black girls living in the North are proud of their family's beautiful new Cadillac until they take it on a visit to the South and encounter racial prejudice for the first time. Age: 7-11.

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Becoming Billie Holiday
Author: Carole Boston Weatherford
Child fiction book. Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday looks back on her early years in this fictional memoir written in verse. Age: 11-14.
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Genesis Begins Again
Author: Alicia Williams
Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. Thirteen-year-old Genesis tries again and again to lighten her black skin, thinking it is the root of her family's troubles, before discovering reasons to love herself as is. Age: 9-13.
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Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Author: Rita Williams-Garcia
Child fiction book, and e-book. Feeling most alive when he's playing the blues with his grandfather, Clayton is devastated when his grandfather dies and his mother forbids him from playing music, losses that compel him to run away and join bluesmen on the road. Age: 9-13.
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One Crazy Summer
Author: Rita Williams-Garcia
Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp. Age: 8-12.
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Harbor Me
Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. When six students are chosen to participate in a weekly talk with no adults allowed, they discover that when they're together, it's safe to share the hopes and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world."-- Provided by publisher. Age: 10-13.

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Miracle’s Boys
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Fiction e-book. 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. Age: 10-13.
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Nonfiction

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Nonfiction
The Undefeated
Author: Kwame Alexander
Child nonfiction book, and e-book. “The Newbery Award-winning author of The Crossover pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree"-- Provided by publisher. Age: 8-11.
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Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man
Author: Tonya Bolden
Child nonfiction book. Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) is best known for the telling of his own emancipation. But there is much more to Douglass's story than his time spent enslaved and his famous autobiography. Facing Frederick captures the whole complicated, and at times perplexing, person that he was. Statesman, suffragist, writer, and newspaperman, this book focuses on Douglass the man rather than the historical icon. Age: 9-12.
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This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality
Author: Jo Ann Allen Boyce

Child nonfiction book, and e-book. “In 1956, one year before federal troops escorted the Little Rock 9 into Central High School, fourteen year old Jo Ann Allen was one of twelve African-American students who broke the color barrier and integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee. This is the heartbreaking and relatable story of her four months thrust into the national spotlight and as a trailblazer in history. Based on original research and interviews and featuring backmatter with archival materials and notes from the authors on the co-writing process."-- Provided by publisher. Age: 10-12.

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Black Girl Magic : A Poem
Author: Mahogany L. Browne

Child nonfiction book. Much of what twenty-first century culture tells black girls is not pretty: Don't wear this; don't smile at that. Don't have an opinion; don't dream big. And most of all, don't love yourself. In response to such destructive ideas, internationally recognized poet Mahogany Browne challenges the conditioning of society by crafting an anthem of strength and magic undeniable in its bloom for all beautiful Black girls. Age: 11+

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Woke : A Young Poet’s Call to Justice
Author: Mahogany L. Browne

Child nonfiction book. "Historically poets have been on the forefront of social movements. Woke is a collection of poems by women that reflects the joy and passion in the fight for social justice, tackling topics from discrimination to empathy, and acceptance to speaking out.“ Age: 8-11.

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Beautiful Blackbird
Author: Ashley Bryan
Child nonfiction book. In a story of the Ila people, the colorful birds of Africa ask Blackbird, whom they think is the most beautiful of birds, to decorate them with some of his "blackening brew. Age: 7-11.
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