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    Mending the world

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    Mending the world : stories of family by contemporary Black writers

    A celebration of modern black family life, featuring fiction, memoir, and poetry, by African American authors both new and renowned.

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    The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation

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    The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation

    Anderson, M. T.

    The adventure continues! Dr. Trefusis accompanies Octavian as he flees to Boston, which is occupied by British forces. When Lord Dunmore offers freedom to slaves in return for their service against the revolution, will Octavian be tempted to join?.

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    The bluest eye

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    The bluest eye

    Morrison, Toni.

    The Bluest Eye is the story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove, a black girl in an America whose love for its blonde, 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.

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    Monster

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    Monster

    Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-

    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.

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    The hate u give

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    The hate u give

    Thomas, Angie, author.

    Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does, or does not, say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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    El odio que das

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    El odio que das

    Thomas, Angie.

    "Starr es una chica de dieciséis años que vive entre dos mundos: el barrio pobre de gente negra donde nació, y su escuela situada en un elegante barrio residencial blanco. El difícil equilibrio entre ambos se hace añicos cuando ella es testigo de la muerte a tiros de su mejor amigo, Khalil, a manos de un policía. A partir de ese momento, todo lo que Starr diga acerca de la aterradora noche que cambió su vida podrá ser usado de excusa por unos y como arma por otros. Y lo peor de todo es que, tanto los de un lado como los de otro, la tienen en el punto de mira y amenazan con poner en riesgo su vida."--Oceanotravesia.mx.

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    Jimi & me

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    Jimi & me

    Adoff, Jaime.

    After his father's tragic death, twelve-year-old Keith James moves from Brooklyn to a small midwestern town where his mixed race heritage is not accepted, but he finds comfort in the music of Jimi Hendrix and the friendship of a white classmate.

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    Rebound

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    Rebound

    Alexander, Kwame, author.

    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.

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    Swing

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    Swing

    Alexander, Kwame, author.

    "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.

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    The crossover

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    The crossover

    Alexander, Kwame.

    Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

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    Ashes

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    Anderson, Laurie Halse, author.

    "As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon are reported as runaways, and the awful Bellingham is determined to track them down. With purpose and faith, Isabel and Curzon march on, fiercely determined to find Isabel's little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state"-- Provided by publisher.

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    Chains : seeds of America

    Anderson, Laurie Halse.

    After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

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    Forge

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    Anderson, Laurie Halse.

    Separated from his friend Isabel after their daring escape from slavery, fifteen-year-old Curzon serves as a free man in the Continental Army at Valley Forge until he and Isabel are thrown together again, as slaves once more.

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    The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation

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    The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation

    Anderson, M. T.

    After escaping a death sentence in the summer of 1775, Octavian and his tutor find shelter but no safe harbor in British-occupied Boston and, persuaded by Lord Dunmore's proclamation offering freedom to slaves who join his counterrevolutionary Royal Ethiopian Regiment, Octavian and his friends soon find themselves engaged in naval raids on the Virginia coastline as the Revolutionary War breaks out in full force.

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    The Pox party

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    The Pox party

    Anderson, M. T.

    Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.

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    Store bought baby

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    Store bought baby

    Belton, Sandra.

    The death of Leah's beloved older brother, and her parents' reactions to the tragedy, raise questions for Leah about the meaning of family and about her place in her own.

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    Crossing Ebenezer Creek

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    Crossing Ebenezer Creek

    Bolden, Tonya, author.

    Freed from slavery, Mariah and her young brother Zeke join Sherman's march through Georgia, where Mariah meets a free black named Caleb and dares to imagine the possibility of true love, but hope can come at a cost.

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    Tyrell

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    Tyrell

    Booth, Coe.

    Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father.

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    Black angels

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    Black angels

    Brown, Linda Beatrice, 1939-

    Three Southern children, two black and one white, escape from their homes during the horrors of the Civil War and, after meeting in the woods, gradually come to rely on each other as they make their way slowly north, enduring hunger, fear, sickness, and constant danger, before arriving in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.

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    Born in sin

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    Born in sin

    Coleman, Evelyn, 1948-

    Despite serious obstacles and setbacks, fourteen-year-old Keisha pursues her dream of becoming an Olympic swimmer and medical doctor.

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    Mississippi trial, 1955

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    Mississippi trial, 1955

    Crowe, Chris.

    In Mississippi in 1955, a sixteen-year-old finds himself at odds with his grandfather over issues surrounding the kidnapping and murder of a fourteen-year-old African American from Chicago.

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    Bucking the Sarge

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    Bucking the Sarge

    Curtis, Christopher Paul.

    Deeply involved in his cold and manipulative mother's shady business dealings in Flint, Michigan, fourteen-year-old Luther keeps a sense of humor while running the Happy Neighbor Group Home For Men, all the while dreaming of going to college and becoming a philosopher.

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    Mare's war

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    Mare's war

    Davis, Tanita S.

    Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they're forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women's Army Corps.

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    Copper sun

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    Copper sun

    Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills)

    Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.

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    Bang!

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    Bang!

    Flake, Sharon.

    A teenage boy must face the harsh realities of inner city life, a disintegrating family, and destructive temptations as he struggles to find his identity as a young man.

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    Begging for change

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    Begging for change

    Flake, Sharon.

    Fourteen-year-old Raspberry Hill tries to sort out her confused feelings of disgust, shame, and love for her homeless, drug addicted father and worries that she may have inherited his lying and stealing ways.

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    The skin I'm in

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    The skin I'm in

    Flake, Sharon.

    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.

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    Pemba's song

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    Pemba's song : a ghost story

    Hegamin, Tonya.

    As fifteen-year-old Pemba adjusts to leaving her Brooklyn, New York, home for small-town Connecticut, a Black history researcher helps her understand the paranormal experiences drawing her into the life of a mulatto girl who was once a slave in her house.

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    New boy

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    New boy

    Houston, Julian.

    As a new sophomore at an exclusive New England boarding school, Rob is the first student of color in the school's history, while the Civil Rights movement is gaining steam back home in the South.

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    Dread nation

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    Dread nation : rise up

    Ireland, Justina, author.

    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.

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    The first part last

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    The first part last

    Johnson, Angela.

    Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.

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    Soulcatcher and other stories

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    Soulcatcher and other stories

    Johnson, Charles Richard, 1948-

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    The autobiography of an ex-coloured man

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    The autobiography of an ex-coloured man

    Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938

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    Hot girl

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    Hot girl

    Jordan, Dream.

    Kate, a fourteen-year-old Brooklyn girl and former gang member, risks losing her first good foster family when she adopts the risqué ways of her flirtatious new friend, Naleejah.

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    The porcupine of truth

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    The porcupine of truth

    Konigsberg, Bill, author.

    Seventeen-year-old Carson Smith is bored with Billings, Montana, and resentful that he has to help his mother take care of his father, a dying alcoholic whom he has not seen in fourteen years--but then he meets Aisha, a beautiful African American girl who's run away from her own difficult family, and together they embark on a journey of discovery that may help them both come to terms with their lives.

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    Like no other

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    Like no other

    LaMarche, Una, author.

    Though their relationship is strictly forbidden, Devorah and Jax arrange secret meetings and risk everything to be together. But how far can they possibly go? Just how much are they willing to give up?

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    Don't fail me now

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    Don't fail me now

    LaMarche, Una.

    Interracial half-siblings come together for the first time and embark on a cross-country road trip to confront their absentee father before he dies.

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    Day of tears

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    Day of tears : a novel in dialogue

    Lester, Julius.

    Emma has taken care of the Butler children since Sarah and Frances's mother, Fanny, left. Emma wants to raise the girls to have good hearts, as a rift over slavery has ripped the Butler household apart. Now, to pay off debts, Pierce Butler wants to cash in his slave "assets", possibly including Emma.

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    How it went down

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    How it went down

    Magoon, Kekla, author.

    When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree.

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    Indigo Summer

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    Indigo Summer

    McKayhan, Monica.

    When fifteen-year-old Indigo's perfect world falls apart she turns to her neighbor, sixteen-year-old Marcus Carter, for help but now that she has realized what a great guy he is, so does someone else.

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    A blade so black

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    A blade so black

    McKinney, L. L., author.

    "An ... urban fantasy retelling of Alice in Wonderland ... The first time the nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she's trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew. Life in real-world Atlanta isn't always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice's handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she's ever gone before. And she'll need to use everything she's learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head--literally"-- Provided by publisher.

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    This way home

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    This way home

    Moore, Wes, 1978-, author.

    Elijah, seventeen, has always been sure of just one thing--basketball--and believes it will be his way out of West Baltimore, but when gang violence knocks him down, helping a veteran repair his rickety home helps Elijah see what really matters.

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    Home

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    Home

    Morrison, Toni.

    "The story of a Korean war veteran on a quest to save his younger sister"-- Provided by publisher.

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    Jazz

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    Jazz

    Morrison, Toni.

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    Paradise

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    Paradise

    Morrison, Toni.

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    The legend of Buddy Bush

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    The legend of Buddy Bush

    Moses, Shelia P.

    In 1947, twelve-year-old Pattie Mae is sustained by her dreams of escaping Rich Square, North Carolina, and moving to Harlem when her Uncle Buddy is arrest for attempted rape of a white woman and her grandfather is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor.

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    47

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    47

    Mosley, Walter.

    Number 47, a fourteen-year-old slave boy growing up under the watchful eye of a brutal master in 1832, meets the mysterious Tall John, who introduces him to a magical science and also teaches him the meaning of freedom.

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    Autobiography of my dead brother

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    Autobiography of my dead brother

    Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-

    Jesse uses his sketchbook and comic strips to make sense of his home in Harlem and the loss of a close friendship.

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    The Beast

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    The Beast

    Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-

    A visit to his Harlem neighborhood and the discovery that the girl he loves is using drugs give sixteen-year-old Anthony Witherspoon a new perspective both on his home and on his life at a Connecticut prep school.

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    Darius & Twig

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    Darius & Twig

    Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-

    "Two best friends, a writer and a runner, deal with bullies, family issues, social pressures, and their quest for success coming out of Harlem"-- Provided by publisher.

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    Game

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    Game

    Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-

    If Harlem high school senior Drew Lawson is going to realize his dream of playing college, then professional, basketball, he will have to improve at being coached and being a team player, especially after a new--white--student threatens to take the scouts' attention away from him.

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    Riot

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    Riot

    Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-

    In 1863, fifteen-year-old Claire, the daughter of an Irish mother and a black father, faces ugly truths and great danger when Irish immigrants, enraged by the Civil War and a federal draft, lash out against blacks and wealthy "swells" of New York City.

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    Street love

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    Street love

    Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-

    This story told in free verse is set against a background of street gangs and poverty in Harlem in which seventeen-year-old African American Damien takes a bold step to ensure that he and his new love will not be separated.

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    Sunrise over Fallujah

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    Sunrise over Fallujah

    Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-

    Robin Perry, from Harlem, is sent to Iraq in 2003 as a member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time there profoundly changes him.

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    Out of darkness

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    Out of darkness

    Pérez, Ashley Hope, author.

    Loosely based on a school explosion that took place in New London, Texas, in 1937, this is the story of two teenagers: Naomi, who's Mexican, and Wash, who's black, and their dealings with race, segregation, love, and the forces that destroy people.

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    Pick-up game

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    Pick-up game : a full day of full court

    A series of short stories by such authors as Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Joseph Bruchac, interspersed with poems and photographs, provides different perspectives on a game of streetball played one steamy July day at the West 4th Street court in New York City known as The Cage.

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    Into white

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    Into white

    Pink, Randi, author.

    "LaToya Williams lives in Montgomery, Alabama, and attends a mostly white high school. It seems as if her only friend is her older brother, Alex. Toya doesn't know where she fits in, but after a run-in with another student, she wonders if life would be different if she were ... different. And then a higher power answers her prayer: to be anything but black. Toya is suddenly white, blond, and popular. Now what?"--Provided by publisher.

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    Loving vs. Virginia

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    Loving vs. Virginia : a documentary novel of the landmark civil rights case

    Powell, Patricia Hruby, 1951- author.

    Written in blank verse, this is the story of Mildred Loving, an African American girl, and Richard Loving, a Caucasian boy, who challenge the Viriginia law forbidding interracial marriages in the 1950s.

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    Boy21

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    Boy21

    Quick, Matthew, 1973-

    Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school's varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.

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    All American boys

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    All American boys

    Reynolds, Jason, author.

    When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints.

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    The boy in the black suit

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    The boy in the black suit

    Reynolds, Jason, author.

    Soon after his mother's death, Matt takes a job at a funeral home in his tough Brooklyn neighborhood and, while attending and assisting with funerals, begins to accept her death and his responsibilities as a man.

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    When I was the greatest

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    When I was the greatest

    Reynolds, Jason.

    Ali lives in Bed-Stuy, a Brooklyn neighborhood known for guns and drugs, but he and his sister, Jazz, and their neighbors, Needles and Noodles, stay out of trouble until they go to the wrong party, where one gets badly hurt and another leaves with a target on his back.

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    Hip-hop high school

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    Hip-hop high school

    Sitomer, Alan Lawrence.

    Theresa Anderson is every kind of smart, but with the example of her super-achieving older brother towering above her, Theresa hasn't even been trying. How can a girl compete against the family favorite, especially when he's a certified local hero? Then she finds hip hop music, and Devon.

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    Flygirl

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    Flygirl

    Smith, Sherri L.

    During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl "passes" for white in order to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

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    Spooks, spies, and private eyes

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    Spooks, spies, and private eyes : Black mystery, crime, and suspense fiction

    Collection of mystery short stories and excerpts from longer works by African-American authors and black authors from other countries.

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    Dear Martin

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    Dear Martin

    Stone, Nic, author.

    Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.

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    Uncle Tom's cabin

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    Uncle Tom's cabin

    Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896.

    A devoutly Christian slave becomes separated from his wife and family when he is sold to the brutal planter, Simon Legree.

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    Calling my name

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    Calling my name

    Tamani, Liara, author.

    "Taja Brown, growing up in a conservative and tightly knit African American family, battles family expectations to discover a sense of self and find her unique voice and purpose"-- Provided by publisher.

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    The land

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    The land

    Taylor, Mildred D.

    Paul-Edward, the son of a part-Indian, part-African slave mother and a White plantation owner father, finds himself caught between the two worlds of his parents as he pursues his dream of owning land in the aftermath of the Civil War.

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    The hate u give

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    The hate u give

    Thomas, Angie, author.

    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.

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    The good Negress

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    The good Negress

    Verdelle, A. J., 1960-

    After leaving rural Virginia for Detroit in 1963, a young black girl struggles with divided loyalties as she begins to see her family in a new light.

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    Black and white

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    Black and white

    Volponi, Paul.

    Two star high school basketball players, one black and one white, experience the justice system differently after committing a crime together and getting caught.

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    The Final Four

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    The Final Four

    Volponi, Paul.

    Four players at the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament struggle with the pressures of tournament play and the expectations of society at large.

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    Rikers High

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    Rikers High

    Volponi, Paul.

    Arrested on a minor offense, a New York City teenager attends high school in the jail facility on Rikers Island, as he waits for his case to go to court.

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    Rucker Park setup

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    Rucker Park setup

    Volponi, Paul.

    While playing in a crucial basketball game on the very court where his best friend was murdered, Mackey tries to come to terms with his own part in that murder and decide whether to maintain his silence or tell J.R.'s father and the police what really happened.

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    The color purple

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    The color purple : a novel

    Walker, Alice, 1944-

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    Piecing me together

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    Piecing me together

    Watson, Renée, author.

    Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.

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    Becoming Billie Holiday

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    Becoming Billie Holiday

    Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956-

    Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday looks back on her early years in this fictional memoir written in verse.

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    After Tupac and D Foster

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    After Tupac and D Foster

    Woodson, Jacqueline.

    In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.

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    Behind you

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    Behind you

    Woodson, Jacqueline.

    After fifteen-year-old Jeremiah is mistakenly shot by police, the people who love him struggle to cope with their loss as they recall his life and death, unaware that 'Miah is watching over them.

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    The house you pass on the way

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    The house you pass on the way

    Woodson, Jacqueline.

    When fourteen-year-old Staggerlee, the daughter of a racially mixed marriage, spends a summer with her cousin Trout, she begins to question her sexuality to Trout and catches a glimpse of her possible future self.

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    When the black girl sings

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    When the black girl sings

    Wright, Bil.

    Adopted by white parents and sent to an exclusive Connecticut girls' school where she is the only black student, fourteen-year-old Lahni Schuler feels like an outcast, particularly when her parents separate, but after attending a local church where she hears gospel music for the first time, she finds her voice.

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    The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963

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    The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963

    Curtis, Christopher Paul.

    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.

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    Bessie Smith and the night riders

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    Bessie Smith and the night riders

    Stauffacher, Sue, 1961-

    African-American blues singer Bessie Smith single-handedly scares off Ku Klux Klan members who are trying to disrupt her show one hot July night in Concord, North Carolina.

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    Freedom over me

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    Freedom over me : eleven slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life

    Bryan, Ashley.

    "Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away"--Provided by publisher.

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    Keeping the night watch

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    Keeping the night watch

    Smith, Hope Anita.

    A thirteen-year-old African American boy chronicles what happens to his family when his father, who temporarily left, returns home and they all must deal with their feelings of anger, hope, abandonment, and fear.

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    Sasquatch in the paint

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    Sasquatch in the paint

    Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem, 1947-

    Eighth-grader Theo Rollins' growth spurt has Coach Mandrake trying to transform him into a basketball star, but training time is hurting the science club's chances of winning the "Aca-lympics," and being accused of stealing could mean Theo is off both teams.

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    What color is my world?

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    What color is my world? : the lost history of African-American inventors

    Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem, 1947-

    While twins Ella and Herbie help the handyman Mr. Midal work on their new home, he tells them about such inventors as Granville Woods, Dr. Henry T. Sampson, and James West, giving them a new view of their heritage as African-Americans.

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    The crossover

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    The crossover

    Alexander, Kwame.

    Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

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    Addy learns a lesson

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    Addy learns a lesson : a school story

    Porter, Connie Rose, 1959-

    After escaping from a plantation in North Carolina, Addy and her mother arrive in Philadelphia, where Addy goes to school and learns a lesson in true friendship.

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    Addy saves the day

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    Addy saves the day : a summer story

    Porter, Connie Rose, 1959-

    Addy and Harriet feud over everything, including fund-raising plans to help the families of freed slaves, but tragedy finally forces them to stop fighting and work together.

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    Addy's surprise

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    Addy's surprise : a Christmas story

    Porter, Connie Rose, 1959-

    Addy and her mother forgo their Christmas plans to help the newly freed slaves arriving in Philadelphia during the Civil War.

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    Meet Addy

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    Meet Addy : an American girl

    Porter, Connie Rose, 1959-

    Nine-year-old Addy Walker escapes from a cruel life of slavery to freedom during the Civil War.

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    Ashes

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    Ashes

    Anderson, Laurie Halse, author.

    "As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon are reported as runaways, and the awful Bellingham is determined to track them down. With purpose and faith, Isabel and Curzon march on, fiercely determined to find Isabel's little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state"-- Provided by publisher.

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    Chains

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    Chains : seeds of America

    Anderson, Laurie Halse.

    After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

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    Forge

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    Forge

    Anderson, Laurie Halse.

    Separated from his friend Isabel after their daring escape from slavery, fifteen-year-old Curzon serves as a free man in the Continental Army at Valley Forge until he and Isabel are thrown together again, as slaves once more.

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    Home of the brave

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    Home of the brave

    Applegate, Katherine.

    Kek, a refugee from Sudan, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth-grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner.

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    Bud, not Buddy

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    Bud, not Buddy

    Curtis, Christopher Paul.

    Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader H. E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

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    Crossing Jordan

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    Crossing Jordan

    Fogelin, Adrian.

    Twelve-year-old Cass meets her new African-American neighbor, Jemmie, and despite their families' prejudices, they build a strong friendship around their mutual talent for running and a pact to read Jane Eyre.

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    Jip

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    Jip : his story

    Paterson, Katherine.

    While living on a Vermont poor farm during 1855 and 1856, Jip learns his identity and that of his mother and comes to understand how he arrived at this place.

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    Egg-drop blues

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    Egg-drop blues

    Banks, Jacqueline Turner.

    Twelve-year-old Judge Jenkins has a low science grade because of his dyslexia, so he convinces his twin brother Jury to work with him in a science competition in order to earn extra credit.

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    End zone

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    End zone

    Barber, Tiki, 1975-

    Co-captains Tiki and Ronde Barber lead their junior high teammates to the Virginia state football championship.

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    Extra innings

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    Extra innings

    Barber, Tiki, 1975-

    "Tiki and Ronde have their sights set on a big diamond--a baseball diamond! Sure, they're experienced athletes, but they've never played baseball before. Do they have what it takes to make the team?"--Provided by publisher.

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    Kickoff!

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    Kickoff!

    Barber, Tiki, 1975-

    Twelve-year-olds Tiki and Ronde tryout for the junior high footabll team and hope to not only get a spot but also to be a part of the starting lineup.

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    Brand-new school, brave new Ruby

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    Brand-new school, brave new Ruby

    Barnes, Derrick D.

    Eight-year-old Ruby Booker is headed to a new school where her older brothers rule; however, Ruby has big plans to change that.

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    Trivia queen, 3rd grade supreme

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    Trivia queen, 3rd grade supreme

    Barnes, Derrick D.

    When the Hope Road Academy holds its annual animal trivia contest, Ruby represents the third grade and competes against two of her older brothers.

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    The tallest tree

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    The tallest tree

    Belton, Sandra.

    A group of young African-American children learn about Paul Robeson from one of the neighborhood elders, and decide to reclaim the town theater in order to celebrate Robeson's life.

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    Kinda like brothers

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    Kinda like brothers

    Booth, Coe.

    "When his mother takes in a twelve-year-old foster boy, Jarrett is forced to share his room and his friends with the new boy"--OCLC.

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    Jefferson's sons

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    Jefferson's sons : a founding father's secret children

    Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker.

    A fictionalized look at the last twenty years of Thomas Jefferson's life at Monticello through the eyes of three of his slaves, two of whom were his sons by his slave, Sally Hemings.

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    Gloria rising

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    Gloria rising

    Cameron, Ann, 1943-

    A chance meeting with a woman astronaut encourages Gloria to try to be her best self, even with her difficult fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Yardley.

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    Gloria's way

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    Gloria's way

    Cameron, Ann, 1943-

    Gloria shares special times with her mother and father and with her friends Julian, Huey, and Latisha.

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    Julian, dream doctor

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    Julian, dream doctor

    Cameron, Ann, 1943-

    Julian and Huey try to find the perfect birthday gift for Dad with amusing results.

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    Julian, secret agent

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    Julian, secret agent

    Cameron, Ann, 1943-

    When Julian, his little brother Huey, and their friend Gloria decide to be "crime busters," they find themselves in one adventure after another.

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    Stealing freedom

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    Stealing freedom

    Carbone, Elisa Lynn.

    A novel based on the events in the life of a young slave girl from Maryland who endures all kinds of mistreatment and cruelty, including being separated from her family, but who eventually escapes to freedom in Canada.

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    Storm warriors

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    Storm warriors

    Carbone, Elisa Lynn.

    In 1895, after his mother's death, twelve-year-old Nathan moves with his father and grandfather to Pea Island off the coast of North Carolina, where he hopes to join the all-black crew at the nearby lifesaving station, despite his father's objections.

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    Grandma's general store

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    Grandma's general store : the Ark

    Carter, Dorothy (Dorothy A.)

    In the 1930s when their parents go north to Philadelphia to find work, five-year-old Pearl and seven-year-old Prince must stay behind with their grandmother in Florida and help her run her small store.

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    The jacket

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    The jacket

    Clements, Andrew, 1949-

    Sixth-grader Phil comes to an awareness of his own racial prejudice after he sees Daniel, an African-American boy, wearing his brother's one-of-a-kind jacket and leaps to the conclusion that Daniel has stolen the coat.

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    Finding Langston

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    Finding Langston

    Cline-Ransome, Lesa.

    Discovering a book of Langston Hughes' poetry in the library helps Langston cope with the loss of his mother, relocating from Alabama to Chicago as part of the Great Migration, and being bullied.

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    Shadows on Society Hill

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    Shadows on Society Hill : an Addy mystery

    Coleman, Evelyn, 1948-

    When her family moves to Philadelphia's Society Hill neighborhood in 1866, Addy, a former slave, discovers that her new home holds dangerous secrets--including one connected to the North Carolina plantation she escaped from only two years earlier. Includes an educational section on Reconstruction.

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    Jump ship to freedom

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    Jump ship to freedom

    Collier, James Lincoln, 1928-

    By rights young Daniel Arabus and his mother, slaves in Captain Iver's house in Stratford, Conn., should be free. But the Captain refuses to honor their agreement and instead sells Daniel on board a ship to the West Indies.

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    Bud, not Buddy

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    CUR

    Bud, not Buddy

    Curtis, Christopher Paul.

    Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

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    The mighty Miss Malone

    J
    CUR

    The mighty Miss Malone

    Curtis, Christopher Paul.

    Deza Malone, the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, accompanies her mother and older brother on a trip to find her father, an African American man who left to find work after the Great Depression hit. They end up in a Hooverville outside of Flint, Michigan, and her brother attempts to be a performer while Deza and her mother search for a home.

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    Mr. Chickee's funny money

    J
    CUR

    Mr. Chickee's funny money

    Curtis, Christopher Paul.

    Flint Future Detective Club members Steven Carter, his friend Russell, and Russell's dog Zoopy solve the mystery of a quadrillion-dollar bill with the image of James Brown on it.

    Due 10/29/19

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    Mr. Chickee's messy mission

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    Mr. Chickee's messy mission

    Curtis, Christopher Paul.

    Flint Future Detective Club members Steven Carter and his friends Russell and Richelle follow Russell's dog, Rodney Rodent, into a mural to chase a demonic-looking gnome, only to find the mysterious Mr. Chickee on the other side.

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    The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963

    J
    CUR

    The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963

    Curtis, Christopher Paul.

    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.

    Due 10/29/19

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    The story of Jonas

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    The story of Jonas

    Dahlberg, Maurine F., 1951-

    In the mid-1800s, a slave boy dreams of escaping to freedom while on a journey from Missouri to the gold fields of Kansas Territory with his master's n'er-do-well son.

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    I thought my soul would rise and fly

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    I thought my soul would rise and fly : the diary of Patsy, a freed girl

    Hansen, Joyce.

    Twelve-year-old Patsy keeps a diary of the ripe but confusing time following the end of the Civil War and the granting of freedom to former slaves.

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    The journal of Biddy Owens

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    The journal of Biddy Owens : the Negro leagues

    Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-

    Teenager Biddy Owens' 1948 journal about working for the Birmingham Black Barons includes the games and the players, racism the team faces from New Orleans to Chicago, and his family's resistance to his becoming a professional baseball player. Includes a historical note about the evolution of the Negro Leagues.

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    The journal of Joshua Loper

    J
    DEA

    The journal of Joshua Loper : a Black cowboy

    Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-

    In 1871 Joshua Loper, a sixteen-year-old black cowboy, records in his journal his experiences while making his first cattle drive under an unsympathetic trail boss.

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    The birthday storm

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    DRA

    The birthday storm

    Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills)

    Sassy and her family go to Florida during summer vacation to visit Grammy for her birthday, and when the weather takes a turn for the worse, Sassy learns that love is more important than decorations and caterers.

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    The dazzle disaster dinner party

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    DRA

    The dazzle disaster dinner party

    Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills)

    Sassy's fancy dinner turns into a disaster, but with the help of the items in her handy sack and a little ingenuity, Sassy manages to make the meal memorable.

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    Little Sister is not my name!

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    DRA

    Little Sister is not my name!

    Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills)

    Nine-year-old Sassy Simone Sanford, known to her family members as "Little Sister," relies on her fashion sense and friends to help her solve any problems that come her way.

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    The silver secret

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    DRA

    The silver secret

    Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills)

    Sassy, who cannot sing, wants to be in the school musical, but must first prove to her music teacher that she can make a positive difference in the program.

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    Stella by starlight

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    DRA

    Stella by starlight

    Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills)

    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.

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    Dragons in a bag

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    Dragons in a bag

    Elliott, Zetta.

    In Brooklyn, nine-year-old Jax joins Ma, a curmudgeonly witch who lives in his building, on a quest to deliver three baby dragons to a magical world, and along the way discovers his true calling.

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    Francie

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    ENG

    Francie

    English, Karen.

    When the sixteen-year-old boy whom she tutors in reading is accused of attempting to murder a white man, Francie gets herself in serious trouble for her efforts at friendship.

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    It all comes down to this

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    ENG

    It all comes down to this

    English, Karen.

    "In the summer of 1965, Sophie's family becomes the first African Americans to move into their upper middle-class neighborhood in Los Angeles. When riots erupt in nearby Watts, she learns that life and her own place in it are a lot more complicated than they had seemed"-- Provided by publisher.

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    Skateboard party

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    ENG

    Skateboard party

    English, Karen.

    "Richard can't wait to show off his skills at a friend's skateboard birthday party, but a note home from his teacher threatens to ruin his plans"--Provided by publisher.

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    Substitute trouble

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    ENG

    Substitute trouble

    English, Karen.

    While Ms. Shelby-Ortiz is recovering from an injury, substitute Mr. Willow takes over Nikki and Deja's third-grade class with disastrous results.

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    Unstoppable Octobia May

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    Unstoppable Octobia May

    Flake, Sharon.

    In 1953 ten-year-old Octobia May lives in her Aunt's boarding house in the South, surrounded by an African American community which has its own secrets and internal racism, and spends her days wondering if Mr. Davenport in room 204 is really a vampire--or something else entirely.

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    Nobody's boy

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    FLE

    Nobody's boy

    Fleischner, Jennifer.

    A fictional story featuring historical figures, in which George, a slave boy in 1850s St. Louis, gains his freedom with his mother, future White House dressmaker Elizabeth Keckly, and decides to use his liberty to help others escape.

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    Crossing Jordan

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    FOG

    Crossing Jordan

    Fogelin, Adrian.

    Twelve-year-old Cass meets her new African-American neighbor, Jemmie, and despite their families' prejudices, they build a strong friendship around their mutual talent for running and a pact to read Jane Eyre.

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    Armstrong & Charlie

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    Armstrong & Charlie

    Frank, Steven, 1963-

    "During the pilot year of a Los Angeles school system integration program, two sixth grade boys, one black, one white, become best friends as they learn to cope with everything from first crushes and playground politics to the loss of loved ones and racial prejudice in the 1970s"--Provided by publisher.

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    Cleo Edison Oliver, playground millionaire

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    Cleo Edison Oliver, playground millionaire

    Frazier, Sundee Tucker, 1968-

    Fifth-grader Cleo Edison Oliver is full of money-making ideas, and her fifth-grade Passion Project is no different--but things get more complicated when she has to keep her business running, be a good listener when her best friend needs her, and deal with the bully teasing her about being adopted at the same time.

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    Darby

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    Darby

    Fuqua, Jonathon Scott.

    In 1926, nine-year-old Darby Carmichael stirs up trouble in Marlboro County, South Carolina, when she writes a story for the local newspaper promoting racial equality.

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    Danitra Brown, class clown

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    GRI

    Danitra Brown, class clown

    Grimes, Nikki.

    Rhyming text tells the story of how Zuri faces her fears about starting a new school year, with the help of her free-spirited best friend Danitra.

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    Garvey's choice

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    GRI

    Garvey's choice

    Grimes, Nikki.

    Preferring science and reading to the sports his father wants him to play, Garvey comforts himself with food and endures bullying before joining the school chorus, where he learns how to accept himself and bond with his father.

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    Halfway to perfect

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    GRI

    Halfway to perfect

    Grimes, Nikki.

    Dyamonde Daniels, having noticed a change in Damaris's eating habits, try to figure out a way to show Damaris that she is perfect just the way she is and should not let what other people say about people's weight negatively affect her.

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    Make way for Dyamonde Daniel

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    GRI

    Make way for Dyamonde Daniel

    Grimes, Nikki.

    Spunky third-grader Dyamonde Daniel misses her old neighborhood, but when she befriends a boy named Free, another new student at school, she finally starts to feel at home.

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    Rich

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    GRI

    Rich

    Grimes, Nikki.

    Free is excited about a local poetry contest because of its cash prize, but when he and Dyamonde befriend a classmate who is homeless and living in a shelter, they rethink what it means to be rich or poor.

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    The road to Paris

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    GRI

    The road to Paris

    Grimes, Nikki.

    Inconsolable at being separated from her older brother, eight-year-old Paris is apprehensive about her new foster family but just as she learns to trust them, she faces a life-changing decision.

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    Jackie and me

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    GUT

    Jackie and me : a baseball card adventure

    Gutman, Dan.

    With his ability to travel through time by using baseball cards, Joe goes back to 1947 to meet Jackie Robinson, turning into a black boy in the process.

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    Satch & me

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    GUT

    Satch & me : a baseball card adventure

    Gutman, Dan.

    With his ability to travel through time using vintage baseball cards, Joe takes Flip with him to find out whether Satchel Paige really was the fastest pitcher ever.

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    Time pieces

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    HAM

    Time pieces : the book of times

    Hamilton, Virginia.

    Valena, her family, and dog live in rural Ohio, where she and her cousin Melinda share experiences that include seeing the aurora borealis, surviving a tornado, and going to an amazing circus.

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    Yellow Bird and me

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    Yellow Bird and me

    Hansen, Joyce.

    Doris becomes friends with Yellow Bird as she helps him with his studies and his part in the school play and discovers that he has a problem known as dyslexia.

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    Missy Violet & me

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    Missy Violet & me

    Hathaway, Barbara, 1944-

    During the early 1900s, eleven-year-old Viney spends her summer working for the local midwife and learns firsthand about birth, death, and "catchin' babies."

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    Midnight without a moon

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    JAC

    Midnight without a moon

    Jackson, Linda Williams.

    Rose Lee Carter, a thirteen-year-old African-American girl, dreams of life beyond the Mississippi cotton fields during the summer of 1955, but when Emmett Till is murdered and his killers are unjustly acquitted, Rose is torn between seeking her destiny outside of Mississippi or staying and being a part of an important movement.

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    Bird

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    Bird

    Johnson, Angela, 1961-

    Devastated by the loss of a second father, thirteen-year-old Bird follows her stepfather from Cleveland to Alabama in hopes of convincing him to come home, and along the way helps two boys cope with their difficulties.

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    The Parker inheritance

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    The Parker inheritance

    Johnson, Varian.

    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.

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    Lost Goat Lane

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    Lost Goat Lane

    Jordan, Rosa.

    Two families--one white, one black--living near one another in rural Florida overcome their suspicions of each other and find ways to work together, with the help of their children and a few goats.

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    True north

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    LAS

    True north : a novel of the underground railroad

    Lasky, Kathryn.

    Because of the strong influence which her grandfather, an abolitionist, has in her life, fourteen-year-old Lucy assists a fugitive slave girl in her escape.

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    Leaving Gee's Bend

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    Leaving Gee's Bend

    Latham, Irene.

    Ludelphia Bennett, a determined, ten-year-old African American girl in 1932 Gee's Bend, Alabama, leaves home in an effort to find medical help for her sick mother, and she recounts her ensuing adventures in a quilt she is making.

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    The Old African

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    LES

    The Old African

    Lester, Julius.

    An elderly slave uses the power of his mind to ease the suffering of other slaves and eventually leads them back to Africa.

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    The lions of Little Rock

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    The lions of Little Rock

    Levine, Kristin (Kristin Sims), 1974-

    Twelve-year-old Marlee develops a strong friendship with Liz, the new girl in school, but when Liz suddenly stops attending school and Marlee hears a rumor that her friend is actually an African American girl passing herself off as white, the two young girls must decide whether their friendship is worth taking on integration and the dangers it could bring to their families.

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    The rock and the river

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    The rock and the river

    Magoon, Kekla.

    In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father's nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African-Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.

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    The season of Styx Malone

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    The season of Styx Malone

    Magoon, Kekla.

    "Caleb Franklin and his younger brother, Bobby Gene, spend an extraordinary summer their new, older neighbor, Styx Malone, a foster boy from the city"--Provided by publisher.

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    Secret Saturdays

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    Secret Saturdays

    Maldonado, Torrey.

    Justin, a fatherless twelve-year-old in a dangerous neighborhood in New York, starts to worry about his friend Sean, who has started telling lies and getting into trouble at school, and when he suspects that the change in attitude is connected to mysterious trips Sean takes with his mother, he tries to get involved.

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    Away west

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    Away west

    McKissack, Pat, 1944-

    In 1879, thirteen-year-old Everett Turner leaves a life of struggle on his family's farm and runs away to St. Louis, where he works in a livery stable before heading to the all-Black town of Nicodemus, Kansas.

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    A friendship for today

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    A friendship for today

    McKissack, Pat, 1944-

    Twelve-year-old Rosemary Patterson learns that she will be attending an all-white school in the fall; but when her best friend is diagnosed with polio, she must face the first day of school alone.

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    The home-run king

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    MCK

    The home-run king

    McKissack, Pat, 1944-

    Eleven-year-old Tank and his older brother Jimbo, who both love baseball, can't believe their good fortune when Josh Gibson, home-run king of the Homestead Grays, stays at their house during a series in Nashville.

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    Let my people go

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    MCK

    Let my people go : Bible stories told by a freeman of color to his daughter, Charlotte, in Charleston, South Carolina, 1806-1816

    McKissack, Pat, 1944-

    The daughter of a free black man who worked as a blacksmith in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 1800s recalls the stories from the Bible that her father shared with her, relating them to the experiences of African Americans.

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    Never forgotten

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    MCK

    Never forgotten

    McKissack, Pat, 1944-

    A lyrical story-in-verse that details the experiences of an African boy who was kidnapped and sold into slavery.

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    Porch lies

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    MCK

    Porch lies : tales of slicksters, tricksters, and other wily characters

    McKissack, Pat, 1944-

    Presents a collection of nine original tales drawn from African American oral tradition that blends history and legend with sly humor, creepy horror, villainous characters, and wild farce.

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    A song for Harlem

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    A song for Harlem

    McKissack, Pat, 1944-

    In the summer of 1928, Lilly Belle Turner of Smyrna, Tennessee, participates in a young author's writing program, taught by Zora Neale Hurston and hosted by A'Lelia Walker in her Harlem teahouse at the height of the Harlem Renaissance.

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    Junebug

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    Junebug

    Mead, Alice.

    An inquisitive young boy who lives with his mother and younger sister in a rough housing project in New Haven, Connecticut, approaches his tenth birthday with a mixture of anticipation and worry.

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    Black angels

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    Black angels

    Murphy, Rita.

    The summer of 1961 brings change to eleven-year-old Celli and her town of Mystic, Georgia, when her beloved Sophie becomes involved in the Civil Rights Movement and Celli learns a secret about the father who left her and her family long ago.

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    Darnell Rock reporting

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    MYE

    Darnell Rock reporting

    Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-

    Thirteen-year-old Darnell's twin sister and the other members of the Corner Crew have doubts about his work on the school newspaper, but the article he writes about a homeless man changes his attitude about school.

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    Beyond Mayfield

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    NEL

    Beyond Mayfield

    Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux.

    In 1961 the children of Mayfield are concerned with air-raid drills and fallout shelters, but the civil rights movement becomes real when a neighbor joins the Freedom Riders.

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    A big day for baseball

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    A big day for baseball

    Osborne, Mary Pope.

    "Jack and Annie use the magic tree house to travel back in time to 1947 Brooklyn, New York, where they pretend to be batboys at Jackie Robinson's first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Boston Braves"--Provided by publisher.

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    A good night for ghosts / #42

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    A good night for ghosts / #42

    Osborne, Mary Pope.

    Jack and Annie must travel back in time to New Orleans in 1915 to help a teenaged Louis Armstrong fulfill his destiny and become the "King of Jazz.".

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    Jump into the sky

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    PEA

    Jump into the sky

    Pearsall, Shelley.

    In 1945, thirteen-year-old Levi is sent to find the father he has not seen in three years, going from Chicago, to segregated North Carolina, and finally to Pendleton, Oregon,where he learns that his father's unit, the all-Black 555th paratrooper battalion, will never see combat but finally has a mission. Includes historical notes.

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    The seventh most important thing

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    PEA

    The seventh most important thing

    Pearsall, Shelley.

    "In 1963, thirteen-year-old Arthur is sentenced to community service helping the neighborhood Junk Man after he throws a brick at the old man's head in a moment of rage, but the junk he collects might be more important than he suspects. Inspired by the work of American folk artist James Hampton"--Provided by publisher.

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    Trouble don't last

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    PEA

    Trouble don't last

    Pearsall, Shelley.

    Samuel, an eleven-year-old Kentucky slave, and Harrison, the elderly slave who helped raise him, attempt to escape to Canada via the Underground Railroad.

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    Bird in a box

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    PIN

    Bird in a box

    Pinkney, Andrea Davis.

    In 1936, three children meet at the Mercy Home for Negro Orphans in New York State, and while not all three are orphans, they are all dealing with grief and loss which together, along with the help of a sympathetic staff member and the boxing matches of Joe Louis, they manage to overcome. Includes author's notes.

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    Raven in a dove house

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    PIN

    Raven in a dove house

    Pinkney, Andrea Davis.

    While twelve-year-old Nell and her fourteen-year-old cousin struggle with the loss of parents and other hardships, both African-American youths learn to rely on themselves.

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    Silent thunder

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    PIN

    Silent thunder : a Civil War story

    Pinkney, Andrea Davis.

    In 1862 eleven-year-old Summer and her thirteen-year-old brother Rosco take turns describing how life on the quiet Virginia plantation where they are slaves is affected by the Civil War.

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    January's sparrow

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    POL

    January's sparrow

    Polacco, Patricia.

    After a fellow slave is beaten to death, Sadie and her family flee the plantation, traveling north through the Underground Railroad in search of freedom.

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    As brave as you

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    As brave as you

    Reynolds, Jason.

    "When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires -- literally."--Provided by publisher.

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    Lu

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    Lu

    Reynolds, Jason.

    "Lu knows he can lead Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and the team to victory at the championships, but it might not be as easy as it seems. Suddenly, there are hurdles in Lu's way--literally and not-so-literally--and Lu needs to figure out, fast, what winning the gold really means"--Provided by publisher.

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    Patina

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    REY

    Patina

    Reynolds, Jason.

    "A newbie to the track team, Patina "Patty" Jones must learn to rely on her family and teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons"--Provided by publisher.

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    Bayou magic

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    Bayou magic

    Rhodes, Jewell Parker.

    Visiting her grandmother in the Louisiana bayou, ten-year-old Maddy begins to realize that she may be the only sibling to carry on the gift of her family's magical legacy.

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    Ghost boys

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    Ghost boys

    Rhodes, Jewell Parker.

    "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.

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    Hang a thousand trees with ribbons

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    RIN

    Hang a thousand trees with ribbons : the story of Phillis Wheatley

    Rinaldi, Ann.

    A fictionalized biography of the eighteenth-century African woman who, as a child, was brought to New England to be a slave, and after publishing her first poem when a teenager, gained renown throughout the colonies as an important African-American poet.

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    Numbering all the bones

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    RIN

    Numbering all the bones

    Rinaldi, Ann.

    Thirteen-year-old Eulinda, a house slave on a Georgia plantation in 1864, turns to Clara Barton, the eventual founder of the American Red Cross, for help in finding her brother Neddy who ran away to join the Northern war effort and is rumored to be at Andersonville Prison.

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    Children of the fire

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    Children of the fire

    Robinet, Harriette.

    A young African-American girl named Hallelujah lives through the great Chicago fire with courage and resourcefulness.

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    Walking to the bus-rider blues

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    ROB

    Walking to the bus-rider blues

    Robinet, Harriette.

    Twelve-year-old Alfa Merryfield, his older sister, and their grandmother struggle for rent money, food, and their dignity as they participate in the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott in the summer of 1956.

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    Yankee girl

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    ROD

    Yankee girl

    Rodman, Mary Ann.

    When her FBI-agent father is transferred to Jackson, Mississippi, in 1964, eleven-year-old Alice wants to be popular but also wants to reach out to the one black girl in her class in a newly-integrated school.

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    A school for Pompey Walker

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    A school for Pompey Walker

    Rosen, Michael J., 1954-

    At the dedication of a school named after him, an old former slave tells the story of his life and how, with the help of a white friend, he managed to save money to build a school for black children in Ohio by being repeatedly sold into slavery and escaping.

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    Small steps

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    Small steps

    Sachar, Louis, 1954-

    Three years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is trying hard to keep his life on track, but when his old pal X-Ray shows up with a tempting plan to make some easy money scalping concert tickets, Armpit reluctantly goes along.

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    Leaving Fletchville

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    SCH

    Leaving Fletchville

    Schmidt, René.

    Leon, Winnie, and Sam, three African-American siblings who recently changed schools, receive help from an unlikely source--Brandon the school bully.

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    Zora and Me

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    SIM

    Zora and Me

    Bond, Victoria, 1979-

    A fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston's childhood with her best friend Carrie, in Eatonville, Florida, as they learn about life, death, and the differences between truth, lies, and pretending. Includes an annotated bibliography of the works of Zora Neale Hurston, a short biography of the author, and information about Eatonville, Florida.

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    Finding Buck McHenry

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    SLO

    Finding Buck McHenry

    Slote, Alfred.

    Eleven-year-old Jason, believing the school custodian Mack Henry to be Buck McHenry, a famous pitcher from the old Negro League, tries to enlist him as a coach for his Little League team by revealing his identity to the world.

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    Hoodoo

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    SMI

    Hoodoo

    Smith, Ronald L. (Ronald Lenard), 1959-

    In 1930s Alabama, twelve-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher is the only member of his family who seems unable to practice folk magic, but when a mysterious man called the Stranger puts the entire town at risk from his black magic, Hoodoo must learn to conjure to defeat him.

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    The secret of Gumbo Grove

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    TAT

    The secret of Gumbo Grove

    Tate, Eleanora E.

    While helping restore the cemetery of the old Baptist church, eleven-year-old Raisin solves the mystery surrounding the founding of her home town and gains pride in her family's past.

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    Mississippi bridge

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    TAY

    Mississippi bridge

    Taylor, Mildred D.

    During a heavy rainstorm in 1930s rural Mississippi, a ten-year-old white boy sees a bus driver order all the black passengers off a crowded bus to make room for late-arriving white passengers and then set off across the raging Rosa Lee River.

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    The road to Memphis

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    TAY

    The road to Memphis

    Taylor, Mildred D.

    Sadistically teased by two white boys in 1940's rural Mississippi, a black youth severely injures one of the boys with a tire iron and enlists Cassie's help in trying to flee the state.

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    Keena Ford and the field trip mix-up

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    THO

    Keena Ford and the field trip mix-up

    Thomson, Melissa, 1979-

    Keena and her second-grade class go on a field trip to the United States Capitol where they meet a congressman; and Keena makes a big impression, which she documents in her new journal.

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    Keena Ford and the second-grade mix-up

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    THO

    Keena Ford and the second-grade mix-up

    Thomson, Melissa, 1979-

    Second grader Kenna Ford tries to do the right thing, but always seems to make things worse, especially when it comes to a mixed up birthday.

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    Second daughter

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    WAL

    Second daughter : the story of a slave girl

    Walter, Mildred Pitts.

    Aissa, the teen-age fictional sister of Elizabeth Freeman, struggles against a system which declares that she is property and that she is to remain silent.

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    Piecing me together

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    WAT

    Piecing me together

    Watson, Renée, author.

    Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.

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    Kizzy Ann Stamps

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    WAT

    Kizzy Ann Stamps

    Watts, Jeri Hanel, 1957-

    Kizzie Ann Stamps is nervous about starting at a new school that was just integrated, and wonders if she and her dog Shag will be allowed to compete in a herding competition because she is African-American.

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    How to lose your cookie money

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    WES

    How to lose your cookie money

    Wesley, Valerie Wilson.

    When good-hearted third-grader Willimena spends her Girl Scout cookie money on lunch for some friends in need, she tries to creatively earn back the money she spent; ultimately she must face the consequences of not being responsible with the money.

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    Revolution

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    WIL

    Revolution

    Wiles, Deborah.

    "It's 1964 in Greenwood, Mississippi, and Sunny's town is being invaded by people from up north who are coming to help people register to vote. Her personal life isn't much better, as a new stepmother, brother, and sister are crowding into her life, giving her little room to breathe"--From publisher's description.

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    Clayton Byrd goes underground

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    Clayton Byrd goes underground

    Williams-Garcia, Rita.

    Clayton is forbidden by his mother from playing the blues after his grandfather dies and runs away to the subways to join a band.

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    One crazy summer

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    One crazy summer

    Williams-Garcia, Rita.

    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.

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    P.S. be eleven

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    P.S. be eleven

    Williams-Garcia, Rita.

    After spending the Summer of 1968 with their mother and the Black Panthers, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern return home to Brooklyn with a new feeling of independence, but they discover their father has a new girlfriend, Uncle Darnell has come home from Vietnam a changed man, and Big Ma still expects Delphine to take care of everything. Feeling overwhelmed, Delphine writes to her mother, who reminds her to enjoy being eleven and not grow up too fast.

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    The blossoming universe of Violet Diamond

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    The blossoming universe of Violet Diamond

    Woods, Brenda (Brenda A.)

    "A biracial girl finally gets the chance to meet the African American side of her family"--Provided by publisher.

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    The red rose box

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    The red rose box

    Woods, Brenda (Brenda A.)

    In 1953, Leah Hopper dreams of leaving the poverty and segregation of her home in Sulphur, Louisiana, and when Aunt Olivia sends train tickets to Los Angeles as part of her tenth birthday present, Leah gets a first taste of freedom.

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    Feathers

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    Feathers

    Woodson, Jacqueline.

    When a new, white student nicknamed "The Jesus Boy" joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie's growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light.

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    Harbor me

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    Harbor me

    Woodson, Jacqueline.

    "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.

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    Hush

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    Hush

    Woodson, Jacqueline.

    Twelve-year-old Toswiah finds her life changed when her family enters the witness protection program.

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    Last summer with Maizon

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    Last summer with Maizon

    Woodson, Jacqueline.

    Eleven-year-old Margaret tries to accept the inevitable changes that come one summer when her father dies and her best friend Maizon goes away to a private boarding school.

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    Crow

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    Crow

    Wright, Barbara, 1951-

    Moses Thomas's summer vacation in 1898 does not go as planned, and while he deals with family problems and fickle friends, Moses comes to be more aware of the escalating tension between the African American and white communities of Wilmington, North Carolina.

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    Vampire bugs

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    Vampire bugs : stories conjured from the past

    Wyeth, Sharon Dennis.

    Collection of six supernatural tales that are inspired by the oral tradition of African-American storytellers.

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    Love like sky

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    Love like sky

    Youngblood, Leslie C.

    Eleven-year-old Georgie is still adjusting to leaving Atlanta for a small town, having a stepfather, and being unable to get close to her stepsister when her six-year-old sister, Peaches, suddenly becomes very ill.

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    Get a hit, Mo!

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    Get a hit, Mo!

    Adler, David A.

    "Mo Jackson is excited for his baseball game, but Coach Marie tells him he is batting last and playing right field, again. Will Mo ever get a hit?"--Provided by publisher.

    Due 10/29/19

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    Kick it, Mo!

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    Kick it, Mo!

    Adler, David A.

    "When soccer season starts, Mo, who has been working hard to improve his kicking skills, wonders if he will ever get a chance to show his team what he can do"--OCLC.

    Due 11/04/19

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    Pass the ball, Mo!

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    Pass the ball, Mo!

    Adler, David A.

    "With the big game coming up, Mo Jackson, the shortest member of the basketball team, is determined to learn how to pass the ball in time to help his team win."--OCLC.

    Due 10/29/19

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    White water

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    White water : inspired by a true story

    Bandy, Michael S.

    After tasting the warm, rusty water from the fountain designated for African Americans, a young boy questions why he cannot drink the cool, refreshing water from the "Whites Only" fountain. Based on a true experience co-author Michael S. Bandy had as a boy.

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    Crown

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    Crown : an ode to the fresh cut

    Barnes, Derrick D.

    Celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking out of a barber shop with newly-cut hair.

    Due 11/05/19

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    No mirrors in my Nana's house

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    No mirrors in my Nana's house

    Barnwell, Ysaye M.

    A girl discovers the beauty in herself by looking into her Nana's eyes.

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    The music in Derrick's heart

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    The music in Derrick's heart

    Battle-Lavert, Gwendolyn.

    Uncle Booker T., who makes magic by playing his harmonica music from his heart, spends the summer teaching Derrick how to play.

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    Li'l Dan, the drummer boy

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    Li'l Dan, the drummer boy : a Civil War story

    Bearden, Romare, 1911-1988.

    L'il Dan, informed by a company of Union solders that he is no longer a slave, follows them and uses his beloved drum to save them from attack. Includes a reading by Maya Angelou on CD.

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    The Hallelujah Flight

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    The Hallelujah Flight

    Bildner, Phil.

    In 1932, James Banning, along with his co-pilot Thomas Allen, make history by becoming the first African Americans to fly across the United States, relying on the generosity of people they meet in the towns along the way who help keep their "flying jalopy" going.

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    Grandmama's pride

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    Grandmama's pride

    Birtha, Becky, 1948-

    While on a trip in 1956 to visit her grandmother in the South, six-year-old Sarah Marie experiences segregation for the first time, but discovers that things have changed by the time she returns the following year.

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    Lucky beans

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    Lucky beans

    Birtha, Becky, 1948-

    During the Great Depression, Marshall, an African American boy, uses lessons learned in arithmetic class and guidance from his mother to figure out how many beans are in a jar in order to win her a new sewing machine in a contest.

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    Ron's big mission

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    Ron's big mission

    Blue, Rose.

    Nine-year-old Ron, a frequent visitor to the Lake City Public Library in South Carolina in the 1950s, where he pores over books on airplanes and flight, makes his own quiet stand against segregation when he decides to apply for his own library card. Based on the life of astronaut Ron McNair.

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    More than anything else

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    More than anything else

    Bradby, Marie.

    Nine-year-old Booker works with his father and brother at the saltworks but dreams of the day when he'll be able to read.

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    Lookin' for Bird in the big city

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    Lookin' for Bird in the big city

    Burleigh, Robert.

    A fictionalized account of the time when, as a teen-age music student, trumpeter Miles Davis spent many hours trying to find Charlie Parker in New York City.

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    Night running

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    Night running : how James escaped with the help of his faithful dog

    Carbone, Elisa Lynn.

    A runaway slave makes a daring escape to freedom with the help of his faithful hunting dog, Zeus. Based on the true story of James Smith's journey from Virginia to Ohio in the mid-1800s.

    Due 10/30/19

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    Nappy

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    Nappy

    Carney-Nunes, Charisse.

    An African-American mother styling her young daughter's hair teaches her to be proud of her heritage, showing her that she shares her "nappy" hair with strong African-American women who came before her, such as Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Rosa Parks.

    Due 11/04/19

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    Let the children march

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    Let the children march

    Clark-Robinson, Monica.

    Under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, children and teenagers march against segregation in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963.

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    Light in the darkness

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    Light in the darkness

    Cline-Ransome, Lesa.

    Risking a whipping if they are discovered, Rosa and her mama sneak away from their slave quarters during the night to a hidden location in a field where they learn to read and write in a pit school.

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    To be a drum

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    To be a drum

    Coleman, Evelyn, 1948-

    Daddy Wes tells how Africans were brought to America as slaves, but promises his children that as long as they can hear the rhythm of the earth, they will be free.

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    White socks only

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    White socks only

    Coleman, Evelyn, 1948-

    Grandma tells the story about her first trip alone into town during the days when segregation still existed in Mississippi.

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    Uptown

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    Uptown

    Collier, Bryan.

    A tour of the sights of Harlem, including the Metro-North Train, brownstones, shopping on 125th Street, a barber shop, summer basketball, the Boy's Choir, and sunset over the Harlem River.

    Due 11/11/19

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    Full, full, full of love

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    Full, full, full of love

    Cooke, Trish.

    For young Jay Jay, Sunday dinner at Gran's house is full of hugs and kisses, tasty dishes, all kinds of fishes, happy faces, and love.

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    Firebird

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    Firebird : ballerina Misty Copeland shows a young girl how to dance like the firebird

    Copeland, Misty.

    American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author's note about dancers who led her to find her voice.

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    You are here

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    CRE

    You are here

    Crews, Nina.

    When the rain keeps Mariah and Joy confined to the indoors, they create a magic map and go on a fantastic imaginary voyage.

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    Just as good

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    Just as good : how Larry Doby changed America's game

    Crowe, Chris.

    An African American family in Cleveland, Ohio, listens on their new radio to the first game of the 1948 World Series, in which Larry Doby, the first black player in the American League, won the game for the Cleveland Indians.

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    Clean your room, Harvey Moon!

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    Clean your room, Harvey Moon!

    Cummings, Pat.

    Harvey tackles a big job: cleaning his room.

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    The bat boy & his violin

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    The bat boy & his violin

    Curtis, Gavin.

    Reginald is more interested in practicing his violin than in his father's job managing the worst team in the Negro Leagues, but when Papa makes him the bat boy and his music begins to lead the team to victory, Papa realizes the value of his son's passion.

    Due 10/30/19

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    Last stop on Market Street

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    Last stop on Market Street

    de la Peña, Matt.

    A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

    Due 11/12/19

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    A dance like starlight

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    A dance like starlight : one ballerina's dream

    Dempsey, Kristy.

    A young girl growing up in Harlem in the 1950s, whose mother cleans and stitches costumes for a ballet company, dreams of becoming a prima ballerina one day, and is thrilled to see a performance of Janet Collins, the first "colored" prima ballerina.

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    Rap a tap tap

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    Rap a tap tap : here's Bojangles-- think of that!

    Dillon, Leo.

    Rhyming text and illustrations describe the dancing of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, one of the most famous tap dancers of all time.

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    The baby on the way

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    The baby on the way

    English, Karen.

    When a young boy asks his grandmother if she was ever a baby, she tells him the story of how she was born.

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    Hot day on Abbott Avenue

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    Hot day on Abbott Avenue

    English, Karen.

    After having a fight, two friends spend the day ignoring each other, until the lure of a game of jump rope helps them to forget about being mad.

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    Shop talk

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    Shop talk

    Ford, Juwanda G.

    An African-American boy named Solomon explains why the local barbershop is his favorite place.

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    The buffalo soldier

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    The buffalo soldier

    Garland, Sherry.

    Realizing that his future lies in owning land, not just being free, a young man raised as a slave becomes a buffalo soldier--a member of an all-black cavalry regiment formed to protect white settlers from Indians, bandits, and outlaws, and that later fought in the Spanish American War. Includes historical note.

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    Bring me some apples and I'll make you a pie

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    Bring me some apples and I'll make you a pie : a story about Edna Lewis

    Gourley, Robbin.

    Edna and members of her family gather fruits, berries, and vegetables on their Virginia farm and turn them into wonderful meals. Includes five recipes and facts about the life of Edna Lewis, a descendant of slaves who grew up to be a famous chef.

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    Danitra Brown leaves town

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    Danitra Brown leaves town

    Grimes, Nikki.

    Recounts, in a series of poems and letters, Danitra's summer at her aunt's house in the country and her best friend Zuri's summer at home in town.

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    When Gorilla goes walking

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    When Gorilla goes walking

    Grimes, Nikki.

    In this story told in a series of rhyming poems, Gorilla the cat enjoys answering the telephone, eating soul food, and sharing mischievous adventures with her young owner.

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    The chicken-chasing queen of Lamar County

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    The chicken-chasing queen of Lamar County

    Harrington, Janice N.

    A young farm girl tries to catch her favorite chicken, until she learns something about the hen that makes her change her ways.

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    Going north

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    Going north

    Harrington, Janice N.

    A young African American girl and her family leave their home in Alabama and head for Lincoln, Nebraska, where they hope to escape segregation and find a better life.

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    Jamaica's blue marker

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    Jamaica's blue marker

    Havill, Juanita.

    Jamaica thinks her classmate Russell is a pest who is always getting into trouble, but then she discovers he is moving away.

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    Jamaica's find

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    Jamaica's find

    Havill, Juanita.

    A little girl finds a stuffed dog in the park and decides to take it home.

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    Most loved in all the world

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    Most loved in all the world

    Hegamin, Tonya.

    Even though Mama is an agent on the Underground Railroad, in order to help others she must remain a slave, but she teaches her daughter the value of freedom through a gift of love and sacrifice.

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    Nappy hair

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    Nappy hair

    Herron, Carolivia.

    Various people at a backyard picnic offer their comments on a young girl's tightly curled, "nappy" hair.

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    Mr. George Baker

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    Mr. George Baker

    Hest, Amy.

    Harry sits on the porch with Mr. George Baker, an African American who is one hundred years old but can still dance and play the drums, waiting for the school bus that will take them both to the class where they are learning to read.

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    Boundless Grace

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    Boundless Grace

    Hoffman, Mary, 1945-

    Grace is invited for a visit with her father and his new family in Africa.

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    Grace at Christmas

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    Grace at Christmas

    Hoffman, Mary, 1945-

    When her grandmother takes in a stranded family at Christmas, Grace is reluctant to share her favorite holiday with strangers, even though the visiting family includes a "real live ballerina."

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    Princess Grace

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    Princess Grace

    Hoffman, Mary, 1945-

    Grace wants to participate in her community festival's princess float, but first she must decide what sort of a princess she wants to be--from an African princess in kente cloth robes to a floaty pink fairy tale princess.

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    A band of angels

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    A band of angels : a story inspired by the jubilee singers

    Hopkinson, Deborah.

    The daughter of a slave forms a gospel singing group and goes on tour to raise money to save Fisk University.

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    From slave to soldier

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    From slave to soldier : based on a true Civil War story

    Hopkinson, Deborah.

    A boy who hates being a slave joins the Union Army to fight for freedom, and proves himself brave and capable of handling a mule team when the need arises.

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    Steamboat school

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    Steamboat school : inspired by a true story : St. Louis, Missouri: 1847

    Hopkinson, Deborah.

    In 1847 St. Louis, Missouri, when a new law against educating African Americans forces Reverend John to close his school, he finds an ingenious solution to the new state law by moving his school to a steamboat in the Mississippi River. Includes author's note on Reverend John Berry Meachum, a minister, entrepreneur, and educator who fought tirelessly for the rights of African Americans.

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    Under the quilt of night

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    HOP

    Under the quilt of night

    Hopkinson, Deborah.

    A young girl flees from the farm where she has been worked as a slave and uses the Underground Railroad to escape to freedom in the north.

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    Virgie goes to school with us boys

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    Virgie goes to school with us boys

    Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald.

    In the post-Civil War South, a young African American girl is determined to prove that she can go to school just like her older brothers.

    Due 10/30/19

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    Black all around!

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    Black all around!

    Hubbell, Patricia.

    An African American girl contemplates the many wonderful black things around her, from the inside of a pocket, where surprises hide, to the cozy night where there is no light.

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    Two Mrs. Gibsons

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    Two Mrs. Gibsons

    Igus, Toyomi.

    The biracial daughter of an African-American father and a Japanese mother fondly recalls growing up with her mother and her father's mother, two very different but equally loving women.

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    In plain sight

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    In plain sight

    Jackson, Richard, 1935-

    "An ailing grandfather and his helpful granddaughter play a unique game of seek and find"-- Provided by publisher.

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    All different now

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    All different now : Juneteenth, the first day of freedom

    Johnson, Angela, 1961-

    In 1865, members of a family start their day as slaves, working in a Texas cotton field, and end it celebrating their freedom on what came to be known as Juneteenth.

    Due 10/30/19

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    Just like Josh Gibson

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    Just like Josh Gibson

    Johnson, Angela, 1961-

    A young girl's grandmother tells her of her love for baseball and the day they let her play in the game even though she was a girl.

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    Lily Brown's paintings

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    Lily Brown's paintings

    Johnson, Angela, 1961-

    When Lily Brown paints, she imagines all sorts of fantastic things in the scenes that she sees every day.

    Due 10/30/19

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    A sweet smell of roses

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    A sweet smell of roses

    Johnson, Angela, 1961-

    Two young girls participate in a freedom march and listen to Dr. Martin Luther King speak during the Civil Rights movement.

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    Julius

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    Julius

    Johnson, Angela.

    Maya's grandfather brings her a pig from Alaska and the two of them learn about fun and sharing together.

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    Of corn silk and black braids

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    Of corn silk and black braids

    Johnson, Vincent L.

    After one bad hair day, Sarah doesn't feel good about herself, but Aunt Lubelle brings soothing comfort, a gentle touch, and ideas for a new hairstyle as Sarah discovers her deep down beauty.

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    Angel City

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    Angel City

    Johnston, Tony, 1942-

    Joseph, an old African-American man, finds a Mexican baby abandoned in a Dumpster and raises him in a rough Los Angeles neighborhood to know both African-American and Mexican American ways.

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    Goggles!

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    Goggles!

    Keats, Ezra Jack.

    Two boys must outsmart the neighborhood bullies before they can enjoy their new treasure, a pair of lensless motorcycle goggles.

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    Faraway home

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    Faraway home

    Kurtz, Jane.

    Desta's father, who needs to return briefly to his Ethiopian homeland, describes what it was like for him to grow up there.

    Due 10/30/19

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    Please, baby, please

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    Please, baby, please

    Lee, Spike.

    A toddler's antics keep his mother busy as she tries to feed him, watch him on the playground, give him a bath, and put him to bed.

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    Black cowboy, wild horses

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    LES

    Black cowboy, wild horses : a true story

    Lester, Julius.

    An African-American cowboy is so in tune with wild mustangs that they accept him into the herd, thus enabling him singlehandedly to take them to the corral.

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    Henry's freedom box

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    Henry's freedom box

    Levine, Ellen.

    A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.

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    Freedom school, yes!

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    Freedom school, yes!

    Littlesugar, Amy.

    When their house is attacked because her mother volunteered to take in the young white woman who has come to teach African-American children at the Freedom School, Jolie is afraid, but she overcomes her fear after learning the value of education.

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    Tree of hope

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    Tree of hope

    Littlesugar, Amy.

    Florrie's daddy used to be a stage actor in Harlem before the Depression forced the Lafayette Theater to close, but he gets a chance to act again when Orson Welles reopens the theater to stage an all-black version of Macbeth.

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    These hands

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    These hands

    Mason, Margaret H., 1954-

    An African American man tells his grandson about a time when, despite all the wonderful things his hands could do, they could not touch bread at the Wonder Bread factory. Based on stories of bakery union workers; includes historical note.

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    The escape of Oney Judge

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    The escape of Oney Judge : Martha Washington's slave finds freedom

    McCully, Emily Arnold.

    Young Oney Judge risks everything to escape a life of slavery in the household of George and Martha Washington and to make her own way as a free black woman.

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    The all-I'll-ever-want Christmas doll

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    The all-I'll-ever-want Christmas doll

    McKissack, Pat, 1944-

    During the Depression, three young sisters get one baby doll for Christmas and must find a way to share.

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    Flossie & the fox

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    Flossie & the fox

    McKissack, Pat, 1944-

    A wily fox, notorious for stealing eggs, meets his match when he encounters a bold little girl in the woods who insists upon proof that he is a fox before she will be frightened.

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    Goin' someplace special

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    Goin' someplace special

    McKissack, Pat, 1944-

    In segregated 1950s Nashville, a young African American girl braves a series of indignities and obstacles to get to one of the few integrated places in town: the public library.

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    Precious and the Boo Hag

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    Precious and the Boo Hag

    McKissack, Pat, 1944-

    Home alone with a stomachache while the family works in the fields, a young girl faces up to the horrifying Boo Hag that her brother warned her about.

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    Stitchin' and pullin'

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    Stitchin' and pullin' : a Gee's Bend quilt

    McKissack, Pat, 1944-

    As a young African American girl pieces her first quilt together, the history of her family, community, and the struggle for justice and freedom in Gee's Bend, Alabama unfolds.

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    Lola at the library

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    Lola at the library

    McQuinn, Anna.

    Every Tuesday Lola and her mother visit their local library to return and check out books, attend story readings, and share a special treat.

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    Lights out!

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    Lights out!

    Medearis, Angela Shelf, 1956-

    At bedtime, a young girl enjoys looking out her window and then creates a puppet show with shadows on the wall.

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    Singing for Dr. King

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    Singing for Dr. King

    Medearis, Angela Shelf, 1956-

    In 1965, third-grader Sheyann Webb and her friend Rachel West help change America by singing and marching for civil rights with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Includes activity ideas for parents and children.

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    Daisy and the doll

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    Daisy and the doll

    Medearis, Michael.

    Daisy, an eight-year-old African-American girl living in rural Vermont in the 1890s, is given a black doll by her teacher and becomes uncomfortable that her skin is a different color from that of her classmates, until she finds the courage to speak from her heart.

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    New shoes

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    New shoes

    Meyer, Susan, 1960-

    "In this historical fiction picture book, Ella Mae and her cousin Charlotte, both African American, start their own shoe store when they learn that they cannot try on shoes at the shoe store"--Provided by publisher.

    Due 11/05/19

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    Across the alley

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    Across the alley

    Michelson, Richard.

    Jewish Abe's grandfather wants him to be a violinist while African-American Wille's father plans for him to be a great baseball pitcher, but it turns out that the two boys are more talented when they switch hobbies.

    Due 10/30/19

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    The quickest kid in Clarksville

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    The quickest kid in Clarksville

    Miller, Pat Zietlow.

    Growing up in the segregated town of Clarksville, Tennessee, in the 1960s, Alta's family cannot afford to buy her new sneakers--but she still plans to attend the parade celebrating her hero Wilma Rudolph's three Olympic gold medals.

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    Don't touch my hair!

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    Don't touch my hair!

    Miller, Sharee (Illustrator)

    Aria loves her soft and bouncy hair, but must go to extremes to avoid people who touch it without permission until, finally, she speaks up. Includes author's note.

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    Richard Wright and the library card

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    Richard Wright and the library card

    Miller, William, 1959-

    Based on a scene from Wright's autobiography, "Black Boy", in which the seventeen-year-old African-American borrows a white man's library card and devours every book as a ticket to freedom.

    Due 11/05/19

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    Looking like me

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    Looking like me

    Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-

    Jeremy sets out to discover all of the different "people" that make him who he is, including brother, son, writer, and runner.

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    Almost to freedom

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    Almost to freedom

    Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux.

    Tells the story of a young girl's dramatic escape from slavery via the Underground Railroad, from the perspective of her beloved rag doll.

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    Who will I be, Lord?

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    Who will I be, Lord?

    Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux.

    A young girl recalls the stories she has been told about the members of her family and wonders what kind of person she will become.

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    Big Jabe

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    Big Jabe

    Nolen, Jerdine.

    Momma Mary tells stories about a special young man who does wondrous things, especially for the slaves on the Plenty Plantation.

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    In my momma's kitchen

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    In my momma's kitchen

    Nolen, Jerdine.

    A child describes the family events, like making apple jelly and having relatives visit, that center around Momma's kitchen.

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    Thunder Rose

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    Thunder Rose

    Nolen, Jerdine.

    Unusual from the day she is born, Thunder Rose performs all sorts of amazing feats, including building fences, taming a stampeding herd of steers, capturing a gang of rustlers, and turning aside a tornado.

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    Boycott blues

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    Boycott blues : how Rosa Parks inspired a nation

    Pinkney, Andrea Davis.

    Uses the form of a blues song to share the story of the year-long bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, sparked by seamstress Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her seat on a city bus to a white passenger in 1955, which resulted in a repeal of the Jim Crow segregation laws.

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    Ella Fitzgerald

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    Ella Fitzgerald : the tale of a vocal virtuosa

    Pinkney, Andrea Davis.

    Scat Cat Monroe, a feline fan, tells the story of how small town girl Ella Fitzgerald became one of the world's best-known songstresses.

    Due 11/05/19

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    Peggony-Po

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    Peggony-Po : a whale of a tale

    Pinkney, Andrea Davis.

    Peggony-Po, carved out of wood by his father, a one-legged whaler, determines to catch the huge whale that ate his father's leg.

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    JoJo's flying side kick

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    JoJo's flying side kick

    Pinkney, J. Brian.

    Everyone gives JoJo advice on how to perform in order to earn her yellow belt in tae kwon do class, but in the end she figures it out for herself.

    Due 10/28/19

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    Max found two sticks

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    Max found two sticks

    Pinkney, J. Brian.

    Although he doesn't feel like talking, a young boy responds to questions by drumming on various objects, including a bucket, hat boxes, and garbage cans, echoing the city sounds around him.

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    Shades of black

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    Shades of black : a celebration of our children

    Pinkney, Sandra L.

    Photographs and poetic text celebrate the beauty and diversity of African-American children.

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    Chicken Sunday

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    Chicken Sunday

    Polacco, Patricia.

    To thank Miss Eula for her wonderful Sunday chicken dinners, three children sell decorated eggs to buy her a beautiful Easter hat.

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    Mrs. Katz and Tush

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    Mrs. Katz and Tush

    Polacco, Patricia.

    A long-lasting friendship develops between Larnel, a young African-American, and Mrs. Katz, a lonely Jewish widow, when Larnel presents Mrs. Katz with a scrawny kitten without a tail.

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    These hands

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    These hands

    Price, Hope Lynne.

    Illustrations and simple text describe some of the many things the hands of a young African American girl and her family can do.

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    Belle, the last mule at Gee's Bend

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    Belle, the last mule at Gee's Bend : a civil rights story

    Ramsey, Calvin A.

    In Gee's Bend, Alabama, Miz Pettway tells young Alex about the historic role her mule played in the struggle for civil rights led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Includes factual information about the community of Gee's Bend and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    Ruth and The Green Book

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    Ruth and The Green Book

    Ramsey, Calvin A.

    When Ruth and her parents take a motor trip from Chicago to Alabama to visit her grandma, they rely on a pamphlet called "The Negro Motorist Green Book" to find places that will serve them. Includes facts about "The Green Book.".

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    Circle unbroken

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    Circle unbroken : the story of a basket and its people

    Raven, Margot Theis.

    A grandmother tells the tale of Gullahs and their beautiful sweetgrass baskets that keep their African heritage alive.

    Due 10/30/19

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    Night boat to freedom

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    Night boat to freedom

    Raven, Margot Theis.

    At the request of his fellow slave Granny Judith, Christmas John risks his life to take runaways across a river from Kentucky to Ohio. Based on slave narratives recorded in the 1930s.

    Due 10/30/19

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    Back of the bus

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    Back of the bus

    Reynolds, Aaron, 1970-

    From the back of the bus, an African American child watches the arrest of Rosa Parks.

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    Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the sky

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    Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the sky

    Ringgold, Faith.

    With Harriet Tubman as her guide, Cassie retraces the steps escaping slaves took on the Underground Railroad in order to reunite with her younger brother.

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    Bonjour, Lonnie

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    Bonjour, Lonnie

    Ringgold, Faith.

    An African-American Jewish boy traces his ancestry with the help of the Love Bird of Paris.

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    Cassie's word quilt

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    Cassie's word quilt

    Ringgold, Faith.

    Names the people and objects that make a girl's New York City apartment, school, and neighborhood special.

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    The Invisible Princess

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    The Invisible Princess

    Ringgold, Faith.

    Mama and Papa Love have a child, the Invisible Princess, who saves them and the other plantation slaves from their cruel master so that they can all find happiness in the Invisible Village of Peace, Freedom, and Love.

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    Tar Beach

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    Tar Beach

    Ringgold, Faith.

    A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family. Based on the author's quilt painting of the same name.

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    The new girl-- and me

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    The new girl-- and me

    Robbins, Jacqui.

    Two African-American girls named Shakeeta and Mia become friends when Shakeeta boasts that she has a pet iguana and Mia learns how to help Shakeeta "feel at home" even when she is in school.

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    Jazzy Miz Mozetta

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    Jazzy Miz Mozetta

    Roberts, Brenda C.

    On a beautiful evening, Miz Mozetta puts on her red dress and blue shoes and dances the jitterbug just like she did many years before.

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    Jackie's gift

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    Jackie's gift

    Robinson, Sharon, 1950-

    When young Steve, who is Jewish, tells his new neighbor, Jackie Robinson, that his family does not have a Christmas tree, Jackie brings one to his neighbors, not knowing that they celebrate Hanukkah instead of Christmas.

    Due 10/30/19

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    Testing the ice

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    Testing the ice : a true story about Jackie Robinson

    Robinson, Sharon, 1950-

    As a testament to his courage, Jackie Robinson's daughter shares memories of him, from his baseball career to the day he tests the ice for her, her brothers, and their friends.

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    Under the same sun

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    Under the same sun

    Robinson, Sharon, 1950-

    "It is Grandmother Bibi's eighty-fifth birthday, and when she travels to Tanzania from America to visit her son and grandchildren, they surprise her with a birthday safari. And while visiting an old African slave port, Jackie Robinson's seven African grandchildren discover how their family came to America"--Provided by publisher.

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    Carolina shout!

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    Carolina shout!

    Schroeder, Alan.

    A young girl describes the music she hears in the cries of various vendors on the streets of Charleston, South Carolina.

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    Pappy's handkerchief

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    Pappy's handkerchief

    Scillian, Devin.

    Young Moses and his family sell everything they own and leave their Baltimore, Maryland, home in 1889 to join many other settlers in a race to claim land in the newly-opened territory of Oklahoma.

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    Dancing the Ring Shout!

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    Dancing the Ring Shout!

    Siegelson, Kim L.

    It is the first year that Toby is old enough to attend the Ring Shout, a celebration when the hard work of harvest is done, but he cannot find an object that makes a noise which will speak from his heart to God's ears.

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    Charlotte and the quiet place

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    Charlotte and the quiet place

    Sosin, Deborah.

    "Sometimes children need a break from our noisy, overstimulating world. Charlotte and the Quiet Place shows how a child learns and practices mindful breathing on her own and experiences the beauty of silence"-- Provided by publisher.

    Due 10/24/19

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    The Jones family express

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    The Jones family express

    Steptoe, Javaka, 1971-

    Steven tries to find just the right present for Aunt Carolyn in time for the annual block party.

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    Creativity

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    Creativity

    Steptoe, John, 1950-1989.

    Charles helps Hector, a student who has just moved from Puerto Rico, adjust to his new life.

    Due 10/30/19

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    The patchwork path

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    The patchwork path : a quilt map to freedom

    Stroud, Bettye, 1938-

    While her father leads her toward Canada and away from the plantation where they have been slaves, a young girl thinks of the quilt her mother used to teach her a code that will help guide them to freedom.

    Due 11/11/19

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    Bippity bop barbershop

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    Bippity bop barbershop

    Tarpley, Natasha.

    A story celebrating a young African-American boy's first trip to the barbershop.

    Due 10/30/19

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    I love my hair!

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    I love my hair!

    Tarpley, Natasha.

    A young African-American girl describes the different, wonderful ways she can wear her hair.

    Due 10/30/19

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    Freedom song

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    Freedom song : the story of Henry "Box" Brown

    Walker, Sally M.

    Henry Brown copes with slavery by singing, but after his wife and children are sold away he is left with only his freedom song, which gives him strength when friends put him in a box and mail him to a free state.

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    Alec's primer

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    Alec's primer

    Walter, Mildred Pitts.

    A young slave's journey to freedom begins when a plantation owner's granddaughter teaches him how to read. Based on the childhood of Alec Turner (1845-1923) who escaped from slavery by joining the Union Army during the Civil War and later became a landowner in Vermont.

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    Champions on the bench

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    Champions on the bench : the Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars

    Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956-

    Story based on the discrimination faced by the 1955 Cannon Street YMCA Little League All-Stars when the white teams refused to play them in the series tournament.

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    Freedom on the menu

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    Freedom on the menu : the Greensboro sit-ins

    Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956-

    The 1960 civil rights sit-ins at the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, are seen through the eyes of a young Southern black girl.

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    Sugar Hill

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    Sugar Hill : Harlem's historic neighborhood

    Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956-

    Rhyming text celebrates the Harlem neighborhood that successful African-Americans first called home during the 1920s. Includes brief biographies of jazz greats Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sonny Rollins, and Miles Davis; artists Aaron Douglas and Faith Ringgold; entertainers Lena Horne and the Nicholas Brothers; writer Zora Neale Hurston; civil rights leader W. E. B. DuBois; and lawyer Thurgood Marshall.

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    When Louis Armstrong taught me scat

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    When Louis Armstrong taught me scat

    Weinstein, Muriel Harris.

    After dancing to music on the radio before she goes to bed, a young girl learns how to sing scat when Louis Armstrong comes to her in a dream. Includes facts about Louis Armstrong and scat singing.

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    Friend on freedom river

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    Friend on freedom river

    Whelan, Gloria.

    The Winter of 1850 finds young Louis alone with his mother when his father heads north for work, but when runaway slaves ask Louis for help being ferryed across the Detroit River he wonders what his father would do.

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    The listeners

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    The listeners

    Whelan, Gloria.

    After a day of picking cotton in late 1860, Ella May, a young slave, joins her friends Bobby and Sue at their second job of listening outside the windows of their master's house for useful information.

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    Freedom Summer

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    Freedom Summer

    Wiles, Debbie.

    In 1964, Joe is pleased that a new law will allow his best friend John Henry, who is African-American, to share the town pool and other public places with him, but he is dismayed to find that prejudice still exists.

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    Dave and the tooth fairy

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    Dave and the tooth fairy

    Wilkins, Verna.

    Dave sneezes out his wobbly tooth and then he can't find it, but his grandfather and the tooth fairy get a big surprise when they look under his pillow that night.

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    Squashed in the middle

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    Squashed in the middle

    Winthrop, Elizabeth.

    When Daisy, a middle child, is invited to spend the night at her friend's house, her family finally pays attention to her.

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    Coming on home soon

    Woodson, Jacqueline.

    After Mama takes a job in Chicago during World War II, Ada Ruth stays with Grandma but misses her mother who loves her more than rain and snow.

    Due 10/30/19

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    The other side

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    The other side

    Woodson, Jacqueline.

    Two girls, one white and one African-American, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence that divides their town.

    Due 10/30/19

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    Show way

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    Show way

    Woodson, Jacqueline.

    The making of "Show ways," or quilts which once served as secret maps for freedom-seeking slaves, is a tradition passed from mother to daughter in the author's family.

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    Sweet, sweet memory

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    Sweet, sweet memory

    Woodson, Jacqueline.

    A child and her grandmother feel sad when Grandpa dies, but as time passes, funny memories of him make them laugh and feel better.

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    We had a picnic this Sunday past

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    We had a picnic this Sunday past

    Woodson, Jacqueline.

    Teeka's family is having a picnic and everyone is dreading the arrival of Cousin Martha and her dried-up pie. However, this year Cousin Martha is late.

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    Something beautiful

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    Something beautiful

    Wyeth, Sharon Dennis.

    When she goes looking for "something beautiful" in her city neighborhood, a young girl finds beauty in many different forms.

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    Milk in my coffee

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    Milk in my coffee

    Dickey, Eric Jerome.

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    The color purple

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    The color purple : a novel

    Walker, Alice, 1944-

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    Almos' a man

    Wright, Richard.

    Based on the short story. In the 1930s Deep South, a young black boy finds disaster, rather than manhood, in a newly aquired pistol.

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    A raisin in the sun

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    A raisin in the sun

    In the 1950s, an African-American family on Chicago's south side is torn by different dreams for the future when they receive an insurance settlement: son Walter Lee wants to open a liquor store; daughter Beneatha wants to go to medical school; and the matriarch, Lena, wants to buy a home in a white suburb.

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