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African-American Fiction and Nonfiction

Celebrate Black History all year long with one of these great fiction or nonfiction books for teens

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Fiction

Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing Anderson, M.T.
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: The Pox Party
Octavian, a young African American, as is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.
Last Dance on Holladay Street Carbone, Elisa
Last Dance on Holladay Street
13-year-old Eva sets out to Denver to find her birth mother. When she arrives, however, she finds that her real family is nothing like she imagined.
Copper Sun Draper, Sharon
Copper Sun
Amari's is dragged from her home to the Carolinas where she is bought by a plantation owner, befriends an indentured servant, and struggles to find herself in her new world.
Francie English, Karen
Francie
When Francie tries to clear the name of a sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a white man, she gets herself and her community in more trouble than she could have ever imagined.
Liberation of Gabriel King Going, K.L.
The Liberation of Gabriel King
In Georgia in 1976, young Gabriel King must overcome his fears and help Frita, the only black girl in his class, stand up to her own.
New Boy Houston, Julian
New Boy
A young African-American boy discovers the world--and himself--when he integrates an all-white boarding school in the 1950s.
Day of Tears Lester, Julius
Day of Tears
Young Emma, a slave who's always been treated as family, discovers that every decision has its consequences, and final judgment is passed down not by man, but by his maker.
47 Mosley, Walter
47
The life of a young slave named 47 seems doomed until he meets a mysterious runaway slave and finds himself swept up in a struggle for his own liberation.
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy Schmidt, Gary D.
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
No one in town will let Turner Buckminster forget that he's a minister's son except for Lizzie Bright Griffin, a smart and sassy girl from a poor nearby island community founded by former slaves.
Black Storm Comin' Wilson, Diane Lee
Black Storm Comin'
Twelve-year-old Colton takes a job with the Pony Express and risks his life to deliver an important letter that may affect the growing conflict between the North and South.

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Nonfiction

Freedom Riders Bausum, Ann
Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement
Two Nashvillians--one white and one black--meet as Freedom Riders during the Civil Rights Movement.
Stretch Your Wings Bell, Janet Cheatham and Lucille Usher Freeman, eds.
Stretch Your Wings: Famous Black Quotations for Teens
A collection of African proverbs and quotations by black Americans.
Maritcha Bolden, Tanya
Maritcha: a Nineteenth-Century American Girl
This poignant story tells what it was like to be a black child born free during the days of slavery.
Getting Away With Murder Crowe, Chris
Getting Away with Murder: the True Story of the Emmett Till Case
Presents a true account of the 1955 Mississippi murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till.
Harlem Stomp Hill, Laban Carrick
Harlem Stomp! A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance
In Harlem, New York the dawn of the twentieth century was a time of intellectual, artistic, literary, and political blossoming.
Bad Boy Myers, Walter Dean
Bad Boy
From bad boy to role model, Myers recalls growing up in Harlem in the 1940s and 1950s, when seeing Langston Hughes and Sugar Ray Robinson on the street was the norm and Jackie Robinson ruled the baseball field.
Carver Nelson, Marilyn
Carver: a Life in Poems
A lyrical account of revered African-American botanist and inventor George Washington Carver.

List updated by Karen, February 2007.