Stories about African-American teens
Arilla Sun Down
Arilla understands that she is Aerind (part African American, part
Native American), but she cannot identify with just one race like her
brother Jack. Only after saving her brother's life can she discover her
When he joins a predominantly black "Teen Dream Team" that
will be representing the United States in an international basketball
tournament in Rome, Jimmy Doyle makes some unexpected discoveries about
prejudice, racism, and politics.
The Disappearance ~Rosa Guy
After he is acquitted of murdering a grocery store owner, Imamu Jones
is released into the custody of the Aimsley family. Imamu believes that
things are finally looking up--until the Aimsleys' daughter disappears and
he becomes the prime suspect.
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun
Fourteen-year-old Melanin Sun's comfortable, quiet life is shattered
when his mother reveals she has fallen in love with a woman.
Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons : the Story of Phillis Wheatley
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 black American poet.
Like Sisters on the Homefront ~Rita Williams-Garcia
When Gayle gets into trouble with her boyfriend, her mother sends the
street-smart 14-year-old and her baby, Jose, down to Georgia to live with
Uncle Luther and her family. There Gayle meets Great, the family
matriarch, whose stories of the past begin to change how Gayle sees her
In 1948, while spending the summer with her aunt in West Virginia to
find her family roots, Tilara begins visiting the "colored" old
folks' home called McKendree, makes new friends, and learns to love
Romiette and Julio ~Sharon Draper
After falling in love on the Internet, Romiette, an African-American
girl, and Julio, a Hispanic boy, discover that they attend the same high
school. There a gang whose members object to their interracial dating
Run for Your Life ~Marilyn Levy
While living in a housing project in Oakland, California,
thirteen-year-old Kisha joins a track team which helps her discover that
she can be a winner.
~Walter Dean Myers
Sixteen-year-old "Slam" Harris is counting on his noteworthy
basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance
to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.
Toning the Sweep ~Angela Johnson
On a visit to her grandmother Ola, who is dying of cancer in her house
in the desert, fourteen-year-old Emmie hears many stories about the past
and her family history and comes to a better understanding of relatives
both dead and living.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 ~Christopher Paul Curtis
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.
Kambia Elaine Flew in From Neptune ~Lori Aurelia Williams
Shayla, an aspiring writer growing up in a poor section of Houston, can't
figure out the new girl next door, Kambia Elaine, who tells fantastic
stories. She slowly realizes that Kambia Elaine needs help, but Shayla
doesn't know where to find it.
White Lilacs ~Caroline Meyer
In 1921 in Dillon, Texas, twelve-year-old Rose Lee sees trouble
threatening her black community when the whites decide to take the land
there for a park and forcibly relocate the black families to an ugly
stretch of territory outside the town.
Compiled by L. Baldwin, Librarian
Brick & Upper Shores