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Click for more detail about A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919

by Claire Hartfield
Clarion Books (Jan 02, 2018)
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On a hot day in July 1919, five black youths went swimming in Lake Michigan, unintentionally floating close to the "white" beach. An angry white man began throwing stones at the boys, striking and killing one. Racial conflict on the beach erupted into days of urban violence that shook the city of Chicago to its foundations. This mesmerizing narrative draws on contemporary accounts as it traces the roots of the explosion that had been building for decades in race relations, politics, business, and clashes of culture. Archival photos and prints, source notes, bibliography, index.


Click for more detail about A Pocketful of Poems by Nikki Grimes A Pocketful of Poems

by Nikki Grimes
HMH Books for Young Readers (Dec 18, 2018)
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Tiana has a pocketful of words: green words like spring, night words like moon, and words with wings, like angel. Each word is the inspiration for a pair of poems—one, lyrical free verse and the other, haiku. The paired poems reflect Tiana’s lively spirit and urban outlook and are showcased in Javaka Steptoe’s inventive collages, which include a wide range of materials, from faucet handles to pumpkin seeds to a hand-sculpted, gilded alphabet. A fusion of two remarkable creative talents, A Pocketful of Poems is an engaging portrait of a down-to-earth girl who has a way with words, as well as a tantalizing introduction to poetry. Author’s note on haiku.


Click for more detail about A Pocketful of Poems by Nikki Grimes A Pocketful of Poems

by Nikki Grimes
Clarion Books (Jan 22, 2001)
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Tiana has a pocketful of words: green words like spring, night words like moon, and words with wings, like angel. Each word is the inspiration for a pair of poems—one, lyrical free verse and the other, haiku. The paired poems reflect Tiana’s lively spirit and urban outlook and are showcased in Javaka Steptoe’s inventive collages, which include a wide range of materials, from faucet handles to pumpkin seeds to a hand-sculpted, gilded alphabet. A fusion of two remarkable creative talents, A Pocketful of Poems is an engaging portrait of a down-to-earth girl who has a way with words, as well as a tantalizing introduction to poetry. Author’s note on haiku.


Click for more detail about A season in Rihata (Caribbean writers series) by Maryse Conde A season in Rihata (Caribbean writers series)

by Maryse Conde
Heinemann (Jun 10, 1905)
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Click for more detail about A Simple Lust: Collected Poems of South African Jail & Exile including Letters to Martha (African Writers Series) by Dennis Brutus A Simple Lust: Collected Poems of South African Jail & Exile including Letters to Martha (African Writers Series)

by Dennis Brutus
Heinemann (Jun 01, 1973)
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Letters to Martha appears in this book of poetry along with Sirens Knuckles Boots and Poems from Algiers.


Click for more detail about A Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson A Sky Full of Stars

by Linda Williams Jackson
HMH Books for Young Readers (Jan 02, 2018)
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After the murder of Emmett Till, thirteen-year-old Rose is struggling with her decision to stay in Mississippi. Torn between the opinions of Shorty, a boy who wants to meet violence with violence, and Hallelujah, her best friend who believes in the power of peaceful protests, Rose is scared of the mounting racial tension and is starting to lose hope. But when Rose helps Aunt Ruthie start her own business, she begins to see how she can make a difference in her community. Life might be easier in the North, but Mississippi is home and that’s worth fighting for. Mid-Century Mississippi comes alive in this sequel to Midnight Without a Moon.


Click for more detail about A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson A Wreath for Emmett Till

by Marilyn Nelson
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Jan 12, 2009)
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A Coretta Scott King and Printz honor book now in paperback. A Wreath for Emmett Till is "A moving elegy," says The Bulletin.

In 1955 people all over the United States knew that Emmett Louis Till was a fourteen-year-old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. The brutality of his murder, the open-casket funeral held by his mother, Mamie Till Mobley, and the acquittal of the men tried for the crime drew wide media attention. In a profound and chilling poem, award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose fate helped spark the civil rights movement.


Click for more detail about African Religions & Philosophy by John S. Mbiti African Religions & Philosophy

by John S. Mbiti
Heinemann (Jan 01, 1992)
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African Religions and Philosophy is a systematic study of the attitudes of mind and belief that have evolved in the many societies of Africa. In this second edition, Dr Mbiti has updated his material to include the involvement of women in religion, and the potential unity to be found in what was once thought to be a mass of quite separate religions. Mbiti adds a new dimension to the understanding of the history, thinking, and life throughout the African continent. Religion is approached from an African point of view but is as accessible to readers who belong to non-African societies as it is to those who have grown up in African nations. Since its first publication, this book has become acknowledged as the standard work in the field of study, and it is essential reading for anyone concerned with African religion, history, philosophy, anthropology or general African studies.


Click for more detail about Aida by Leontyne Price Aida

by Leontyne Price
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Oct 22, 1990)
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With depth and understanding, acclaimed diva Leontyne Price retells this famous opera about the beautiful princess of Ethiopia. “The Dillons magnificently capture the drama with powerful full-page illustrations that resemble stage sets. . . . Ideal for reading aloud during an Egyptian unit, in music classes, to children attending the opera, or for the pure aesthetic experience.”—Booklist


Click for more detail about American society and Black revolution by Frank Hercules American society and Black revolution

by Frank Hercules
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (Jan 01, 1972)
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Born in Trinidad, educated in England, and an American citizen, the author critiques American history and many prominent African-Americans, including James Baldwin, W. E. B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, and Malcolm X, in an eloquent statement that the Black be seen for what he or she is, and not for the color of his skin.


Click for more detail about Amistad Rising: A Story of Freedom by Veronica Chambers Amistad Rising: A Story of Freedom

by Veronica Chambers
Harcourt Children’s Books (Mar 01, 1998)
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Joseph Cinqué is afraid he’ll never see his family again. Kidnapped by slave traders and sold at auction, he finds himself chained in the hull of a cramped ship, Amistad, with more than fifty other Africans—including a few children. Cinqué must do something. But what? In this truly epic adventure, Joseph Cinqué wants only one thing: freedom. But what he achieves, with the help of former president John Quincy Adams, is far, far greater—Joseph Cinqué makes history.


Click for more detail about Beka Lamb (Caribbean Writers Series) by Zee Edgell Beka Lamb (Caribbean Writers Series)

by Zee Edgell
Heinemann (Sep 11, 1986)
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Set in Belize, Beka Lamb is the record of a few months in the life of Beka and her family. The politics of the small colony, the influence of the matriarchal society and the dominating presence of the Catholic Church are woven into the fabric of the story to provide a compelling portrait of ordinary life in Belize.


Click for more detail about Beware Soul Brother by Chinua Achebe Beware Soul Brother

by Chinua Achebe
Heinemann (Jun 01, 1972)
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Written during the Nigerian Civil War, this collection of poetry won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize in 1972.


Click for more detail about Black and White Airmen: Their True History by John Fleischman Black and White Airmen: Their True History

by John Fleischman
HMH Books for Young Readers (Jun 18, 2007)
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Here is the true history of a friendship that almost wasn’t.

John Leahr and Herb Heilbrun grew up in the same neighborhood and were in the same third grade class together. They were classmates—not friends—because Herb was white and John was black.

John and Herb were twenty-one when the United States entered WWII. Herb became an Army Air Forces B-17 bomber pilot. John flew P-51 fighters. Both were thrown into the brutal high-altitude bomber war against Nazi Germany, though they never met because the army was rigidly segregated—only in the air were black and white American fliers allowed to mix.

Both came safely home but it took Herb and John another fifty years to meet again and discover that their lives had run almost side by side through war and peace. Old friends at last, Herb and John launched a mission to tell young people why race once made all the difference and why it shouldn’t anymore.


Click for more detail about Black Heritage: Slave Trade and Slavery v. 2 by John Henrik Clarke Black Heritage: Slave Trade and Slavery v. 2

by John Henrik Clarke
Holt Rinehart & Winston (Oct 01, 1970)
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Click for more detail about Black Pioneers of Science and Invention by Louis Haber Black Pioneers of Science and Invention

by Louis Haber
HMH Books for Young Readers (Jan 02, 1992)
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A readable, perceptive account of the lives of fourteen gifted innovators who have played important roles in scientific and industrial progress. The achievements of Benjamin Banneker, Granville T. Woods, George Washington Carver, and others have made jobs easier, saved countless lives, and in many cases, altered the course of history.
Includes a bibliography and an index.


Click for more detail about Booked by Kwame Alexander Booked

by Kwame Alexander
HMH Books for Young Readers (Apr 05, 2016)
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Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can’t nobody stop you/
can’t nobody cop you…
In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER,  soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read.  
This electric and heartfelt novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match!


Click for more detail about Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team by Audrey Vernick Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team

by Audrey Vernick
Clarion Books (Apr 03, 2012)
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The Acerra family had sixteen children, including twelve ball-playing boys. It was the
1930s, and many families had lots of kids. But only one had enough to field a baseball
team . . . with three on the bench! The Acerras were the longest-playing all-brother
team in baseball history. They loved the game, but more important, they cared for
and supported each other and stayed together as a team. Nothing life threw their way
could stop them.
Full of action, drama, and excitement, this never-before-told true story is vividly
brought to life by Audrey Vernick’s expert storytelling and Steven Salerno’s stunning
vintage-style art.


Click for more detail about Cruelty: Poems by Ai Ogawa Cruelty: Poems

by Ai Ogawa
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (May 26, 1905)
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When Cruelty was published in 1973, I read the collection repeatedly, transported by the mystery in the poems and by the politics of gender on almost every page. The way the first poem in the collection, "Twenty-Year Marriage," opens is a clue to this poet’s psychology: "You keep me waiting in a truck / with its one good wheel stuck in a ditch, / while you piss against the south side of a tree. / Hurry. I’ve got nothing on under my skirt tonight." The speaker’s insinuation is calculated. The intentional, invented tension breathes on the page. She has our attention. But Ai knows-like any great actor-that language and pace are also crucial. Sometimes a poem may seem like personalized folklore, a feeling culled from the imagination. The characters hurt each other out of a fear of being hurt, and often they are doubly hurt. Do we believe her characters because they seem to evolve from some uncharted place beyond us but also inside us? They are of the soil, as if they’ve always been here; but they also reside on borders-spiritually, psychologically, existentially, and emotionally-as if only half-initiated into the muscular terror of ordinary lives. All the contradictions of so-called democracy live in her speakers. Most of the characters in Ai’s poetry are distinctly rural, charged in mind and belly with folkloric signification, always one step or one trope from homespun violence and blasphemy. What first deeply touched me in Cruelty is this: Ai’s images-tinctured by an unknown folklore-seemed to arise from some deep, unsayable place, translated from a pre-language of knowing or dreaming with one’s eyes open, as if something from long ago still beckoned to be put into words Yusef Komunyaka


Click for more detail about Dear Benjamin Banneker by Andrea Davis Pinkney Dear Benjamin Banneker

by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Gulliver Books (Oct 31, 1994)
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Throughout his life Banneker was troubled that all blacks were not free. And so, in 1791, he wrote to Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, who had signed the Declaration of Independence. Banneker attacked the institution of slavery and dared to call Jefferson a hypocrite for owning slaves. Jefferson responded. This is the story of Benjamin Banneker—his science, his politics, his morals, and his extraordinary correspondence with Thomas Jefferson.


Click for more detail about Devil On The Cross (Heinemann African Writers Series) by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Devil On The Cross (Heinemann African Writers Series)

by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
Heinemann (Oct 23, 1987)
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This remarkable and symbolic novel centers around Wariinga’s tragedy and uses it to tell a story of contemporary Kenya faced with the "satan of capitalism." Ngugi has directed his writing even more firmly towards the commitment that he shows in Writers in Politics and Detained: A Writer’s Prison Diary. The novel was written secretly in prison on the only available material — lavatory paper. It was discovered when almost complete but unexpectedly returned to him on his release. Such was the demand for the original Gikuyu edition that it reprinted on publication.


Click for more detail about Dog Days: The Carver Chronicles, Book One by Karen English Dog Days: The Carver Chronicles, Book One

by Karen English
Clarion Books (Dec 17, 2013)
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It’s tough being the new kid at Carver Elementary. Gavin had lots of friends at his old school, but the kids here don’t even know that he’s pretty good at skateboarding, or how awesome he is at soccer. And when his classmate Richard comes over and the boys end up in trouble, not only does Gavin risk losing his one new friend, he has to take care of his great aunt Myrtle’s horrible little dog as punishment.
   To make matters worse, Gavin seems to have attracted the attention of the school bully. Will he be able to avoid getting pounded at the skate park? And how is he ever going to prove he’s cool with a yappy little Pomeranian wearing a pink bow at his side?


Click for more detail about Don’t Feed the Geckos!: The Carver Chronicles, Book 3 by Karen English Don’t Feed the Geckos!: The Carver Chronicles, Book 3

by Karen English
HMH Books for Young Readers (Nov 08, 2016)
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Carlos isn’t sure how he feels about the news that his cousin Bernardo will be joining his class at Carver Elementary. But when Bernardo comes to live with him temporarily, taking over Carlos’s top bunk, his spot on the school soccer team, and even his Papi’s attention, Carlos knows he isn’t happy. Worse, Bernardo starts messing with Carlos’s pet geckos! Carlos tries to see past his cousin’s annoying ways, but Bernardo sure doesn’t make it easy. Will Carlos—and his geckos—survive Bernardo’s visit? Can he keep the peace for his family’s sake?       Emerging and newly independent readers are sure to recognize themselves in this humorous school and family story.


Click for more detail about Duey’s Tale by Pearl Bailey Duey’s Tale

by Pearl Bailey
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Jan 01, 1975)
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A maple seedling becomes separated from his mother tree, makes friends with a bottle and a log, and searches for his own place in life.


Click for more detail about Edgar’s Second Word by Audrey Vernick Edgar’s Second Word

by Audrey Vernick
Clarion Books (Jun 03, 2014)
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Hazel can’t wait for her baby brother to be born so she can talk and read with him! But when, at last, he arrives, he just sits there. More disappointing yet, when he finally speaks, his first word is a resounding NO! But Hazel resolves to wait some more—despite the ever-increasing NOs—and she keeps on reading aloud to him. Will Edgar ever say anything else? And if he does, what will his second word be? 
     The magic of sharing books is at the center of this hilarious new baby story that will resonate with book lovers and any child who has trouble waiting.


Click for more detail about Experiments with Liquids (My Science Investigations) by Christine Taylor Butler Experiments with Liquids (My Science Investigations)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Heinemann (Jul 01, 2011)
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This book uses simple, hands-on experiments with liquids to teach readers how the scientific method works.


Click for more detail about Experiments with Magnets and Metals (My Science Investigations) by Christine Taylor Butler Experiments with Magnets and Metals (My Science Investigations)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Heinemann (Aug 01, 2011)
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This book uses simple, hands-on experiments with magnets and metals to teach readers how the scientific method works.


Click for more detail about Experiments with Plants (My Science Investigations) by Christine Taylor Butler Experiments with Plants (My Science Investigations)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Heinemann (Aug 01, 2011)
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This book uses simple, hands-on experiments with plants to teach readers how the scientific method works.


Click for more detail about Exploration to the War of 1812 (A History of Multicultural America) by William L. Katz Exploration to the War of 1812 (A History of Multicultural America)

by William L. Katz
Steck-Vaughn Publishing (Oct 01, 1992)
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A look at American history from "discovery" to the War of 1812 discusses the clash between native American and European cultures, the forced arrival of Africans, the opening of the southwest, and more.


Click for more detail about Fanon by John Edgar Wideman Fanon

by John Edgar Wideman
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Feb 07, 2008)
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A philosopher, psychiatrist, and political activist, Frantz Fanon was a fierce, acute critic of racism and oppression. Born of African descent in Martinique in 1925, Fanon fought in defense of France during World War II but later against France in Algeria’s war for independence. His last book, The Wretched of the Earth, published in 1961, inspired leaders of diverse liberation movements: Steve Biko in South Africa, Che Guevara in Latin America, the Black Panthers in the States.
Wideman’s novel is disguised as the project of a contemporary African American novelist, Thomas, who undertakes writing a life of Fanon. The result is an electrifying mix of perspectives, traveling from Manhattan to Paris to Algeria to Pittsburgh. Part whodunit, part screenplay, part love story, Fanon introduces the French film director Jean-Luc Godard to the ailing Mrs. Wideman in Homewood and chases the meaning of Fanon’s legacy through our violent, post-9/11 world, which seems determined to perpetuate the evils Fanon sought to rectify.


Click for more detail about Fate by Ai Ogawa Fate

by Ai Ogawa
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Jan 10, 1991)
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Ai’s horrific, surreal vision continues to mature with each book. In the 16 long poems that comprise her fourth collection, the lyricism of such earlier volumes as Sin is replaced by relentless eyewitness accounts: haunting, cinematic narratives of the rich and famous that even the tabloids couldn’t dream up. In this sexually empowered world, Mary Jo Kopechne can rise from the dead to state boldly, “Jack or Bobby would have died with me.” The vision and the violence carry over into the lives of unnamed, down-and-out characters as well; in “Eve’s Story,” a battered woman realizes,

The snake and God were only props
she discarded when she left Adam
writhing on the ground.
Male and female characters are equally pitiful, yet the poet’s strength rests in her ability to avoid wallowing in sympathy for them. —Rochelle Ratner, formerly Poetry Editor, Soho Weekly News, New York


Click for more detail about Finding the Green Stone by Alice Walker Finding the Green Stone

by Alice Walker
Harcourt Children’s Books (Oct 31, 1991)
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Johnny lives in a town where everyone owns a shiny green stone. He has one, too, until his mean-spirited behavior makes him lose it. His family and the whole town help him search, but to find it, he alone must discover the “bright green sun in his heart.” “A symbolic and sensitive tale about a young boy who discovers that happiness and fulfillment can come from within.”—American Bookseller


Click for more detail about Fire Shut Up In My Bones by Charles M. Blow Fire Shut Up In My Bones

by Charles M. Blow
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Sep 23, 2014)
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A gorgeous, moving memoir of how one of America's most innovative and respected journalists found his voice by coming to terms with a painful past

New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow mines the compelling poetry of the out-of-time African-American Louisiana town where he grew up—a place where slavery's legacy felt astonishingly close, reverberating in the elders' stories and in the near-constant wash of violence.

Blow's attachment to his mother—a fiercely driven woman with five sons, brass knuckles in her glove box, a job plucking poultry at a nearby factory, a soon-to-be-ex husband, and a love of newspapers and learning—cannot protect him from secret abuse at the hands of an older cousin. It's damage that triggers years of anger and searing self-questioning.

Finally, Blow escapes to a nearby state university, where he joins a black fraternity after a passage of brutal hazing, and then enters a world of racial and sexual privilege that feels like everything he's ever needed and wanted, until he's called upon, himself, to become the one perpetuating the shocking abuse.

A powerfully redemptive memoir that both fits the tradition of African-American storytelling from the South, and gives it an indelible new slant.


Click for more detail about First Grade Dropout by Audrey Vernick First Grade Dropout

by Audrey Vernick
Clarion Books (Jul 07, 2015)
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The first grade narrator of this book has been lots of things: Hungry. Four years old. Crazy bored. Soaking wet. Pretty regular kid . . . until he makes a mistake so big that he’s sure he will never be able to go back to Lakeview Elementary School. All readers, even those not in first grade, will find the narrator’s feelings familiar, and discover that even though embarrassing things happen, they’re usually not as bad as they seem. And sometimes they’re even funny!


Click for more detail about Geography of the Near Past: Poems by Al Young Geography of the Near Past: Poems

by Al Young
Holt Rinehart & Winston (Jan 01, 1976)
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First edition. Black author. Blurbs by Kenneth Rexroth, William Dickey. Spine faded. x, 84 pages. cloth-backed boards, dust jacket.. small 8vo..


Click for more detail about Great Society to the Reagan Era (History of Multicultural America) 1964-1990 by William L. Katz Great Society to the Reagan Era (History of Multicultural America) 1964-1990

by William L. Katz
Steck-Vaughn Publishing (Jan 01, 1993)
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Click for more detail about Griffin’s Way by Frank Yerby Griffin’s Way

by Frank Yerby
Heinemann (Jan 01, 1962)
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One of the best novels on the Reconstruction period is Frank Yerby’s Griffin’s WayEugene Stovall

Di Cadwallader. head of the Ku Klux Klan, has determined that in post-war Mississippi there will be no equality between the races even if he must murder women and children, blacks and whites, alike. Even Laurie Griffin, the wife of another man, who Cadwallader claims to love, is not safe from the klansman's murderous intent. The climate of evil is so compelling that the black man, sent by northern philanthropists to educate the children of ex-slaves, embezzles the black school's education funds and is planning to escape to the North as a rich man.

Only Paris Griffin can prevent Di Cadwallder from returning Mississippi back to the 'southern way of life' where darkies know their place. But Paris Griffin, the former confederate officer and owner of Mississippi'a largest plantation, was wounded in battle and returns home without his memory.The only thing Paris Griffin does remember is that he hated Di Cadwallader before the war and he hates him now.

This is one Yerby novel that you will never forget.


Click for more detail about Harcourt School Publishers Trophies: Advanced-Level  Grade 2 G. Hopper’s Summer Fun by Evelyn Coleman Harcourt School Publishers Trophies: Advanced-Level Grade 2 G. Hopper’s Summer Fun

by Evelyn Coleman
Harcourt Children’s Books (Jan 01, 2002)
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Click for more detail about Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez

by Kathleen Krull
HMH Books for Young Readers (Mar 01, 2003)
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Cesar Chavez is known as one of America’s greatest civil rights leaders. When he led a 340-mile peaceful protest march through California, he ignited a cause and improved the lives of thousands of migrant farmworkers. But Cesar wasn’t always a leader. As a boy, he was shy and teased at school. His family slaved in the fields for barely enough money to survive. Cesar knew things had to change, and he thought that—maybe—he could help change them. So he took charge. He spoke up. And an entire country listened. An author’s note provides historical context for the story of Cesar Chavez’s life.


Click for more detail about Hoang Anh A Vietnamese-American Boy by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith Hoang Anh A Vietnamese-American Boy

by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Harcourt Children’s Books (Jan 01, 1992)
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A Vietnamese American boy describes the daily activities of his family in San Rafael, California, and the traditional culture and customs that shape their lives.


Click for more detail about Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith Hoodoo

by Ronald L. Smith
Clarion Books (Sep 01, 2015)
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Twelve-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher was born into a family with a rich tradition of practicing folk magic: hoodoo, as most people call it. But even though his name is Hoodoo, he can’t seem to cast a simple spell.

When a mysterious man called the Stranger comes to town, Hoodoo starts dreaming of the dead rising from their graves. Even worse, he soon learns the Stranger is looking for a boy. Not just any boy. A boy named Hoodoo. The entire town is at risk from the Stranger’s black magic, and only Hoodoo can defeat him. He’ll just need to learn how to conjure first.

Set amid the swamps, red soil, and sweltering heat of small town Alabama in the 1930s, Hoodoo is infused with a big dose of creepiness leavened with gentle humor.


Click for more detail about Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits

by Laila Lalami
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Oct 02, 2006)
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In her exciting debut, Laila Lalami evokes the grit and enduring grace that is modern Morocco and offers an authentic look at the Muslim immigrant experience today. The book begins as four Moroccans illegally cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat headed for Spain. There’s Murad, a gentle, educated man who’s been reduced to hustling tourists around Tangier; Halima, who’s fleeing her drunken husband and the slums of Casablanca; Aziz, who must leave behind his devoted wife to find work in Spain; and Faten, a student and religious fanatic whose faith is at odds with an influential man determined to destroy her future.

 What has driven these men and women to risk their lives? And will the rewards prove to be worth the danger? Sensitively written with beauty and boldness, this is a grip­ping book about people in search of a better future.


Click for more detail about I Will Marry When I Want (African Writers) by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Ngugi Wa Mirii I Will Marry When I Want (African Writers)

by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Ngugi Wa Mirii
Heinemann (Jan 01, 1982)
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This is the renowned play which was developed with Kikuyu actors at the Kamiriithu Cultural Centre at Limuru. It proved so powerful, especially in its use of song, that it was banned and was probably one of the factors leading to Ngugi’s detention without trial. The original Gikuyu edition went to three printings in the first three months of publication.


Click for more detail about If I Only Had a Horn: Young Louis Armstrong by Roxane Orgill If I Only Had a Horn: Young Louis Armstrong

by Roxane Orgill
HMH Books for Young Readers (Aug 25, 2002)
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Roxane Orgill’s vivid words and Leonard Jenkins’s dramatic pictures combine to tell the story of a boy who grew up to be a giant of jazz?the legendary and beloved Louis Armstrong. As a poor boy in New Orleans, where music was everywhere?dancing out of doorways, singing on street corners, crying from the cornet of the great Joe Oliver for all to hear?Louis longed for a horn so that he too could sing, bring home pennies, and, most of all, tap happy-feet blues till the sun rose. It wasn’t going to be easy. Many things, not all of them good, had to happen before he got his horn. But when at last he did, he sent music spiraling up into the New Orleans night sky like a spinning top gone crazy.


Click for more detail about If the Creek Don’t Rise: My Life Out West with the Last Black Widow of the Civil War by Rita Williams-Garcia If the Creek Don’t Rise: My Life Out West with the Last Black Widow of the Civil War

by Rita Williams-Garcia
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (May 01, 2006)
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When Rita Williams was four, her mother died in a Denver boarding house. This death delivered Rita into the care of her aunt Daisy, the last surviving African American widow of a Union soldier and a maverick who had spirited her sharecropping family out of the lynching South and reinvented them as ranch hands and hunting guides out West. But one by one they slipped away, to death or to an easier existence elsewhere, leaving Rita as Daisy’s last hope to right the racial wrongs of the past and to make good on a lifetime of thwarted ambition. If the Creek Don’t Rise tells how Rita found her way out from under this crippling legacy and, instead of becoming "a perfect credit to her race," discovered how to become herself.

Set amid the harsh splendor of the Colorado Rockies, this is a gorgeous, ruthless, and unique account of the lies families live-and the moments of truth and beauty that save us.


Click for more detail about In The Beginning: Creation Stories From Around The World by Virginia Hamilton In The Beginning: Creation Stories From Around The World

by Virginia Hamilton
HMH Books for Young Readers (Sep 15, 1991)
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A thought-provoking collection of twenty-five stories that reflect the wonder and glory of the origins of the world and humankind. With commentary by the author. “A must for mythology shelves.”—Booklist


Click for more detail about In Times Like These (Caribbean Writers Series) by Zee Edgell In Times Like These (Caribbean Writers Series)

by Zee Edgell
Heinemann (Oct 03, 1991)
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Pavana Leslie returns with her children to her homeland of Belize after many years abroad, and must fight to come to terms with the ghosts of her past. A novel by the recipient of the 1982 Fawcett Society Book Prize for her earlier work, Beka Lamb.


Click for more detail about In Two Worlds: A Yu’pik Eskimo Family by Aylette Jenness In Two Worlds: A Yu’pik Eskimo Family

by Aylette Jenness
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Apr 24, 1989)
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Text and photographs document the life of a Yup’ik Eskimo family, residents of a small Alaskan town on the coast of the Bering Sea, detailing the changes that have come about in the last fifty years.


Click for more detail about It All Comes Down to This by Karen English It All Comes Down to This

by Karen English
Clarion Books (Jul 11, 2017)
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It’s 1965, Los Angeles. All twelve-year-old Sophie wants to do is write her book, star in the community play, and hang out with her friend Jennifer. But she’s the new black kid in a nearly all-white neighborhood; her beloved sister, Lily, is going away to college soon; and her parents’ marriage is rocky. There’s also her family’s new, disapproving housekeeper to deal with. When riots erupt in nearby Watts and a friend is unfairly arrested, Sophie learns that life—and her own place in it—is even more complicated than she’d once thought.
      Leavened with gentle humor, this story is perfect for fans of Rita Williams-Garcia.


Click for more detail about Jestina’s Calypso and Other Plays (Caribbean Writers Series) by Earl Lovelace Jestina’s Calypso and Other Plays (Caribbean Writers Series)

by Earl Lovelace
Heinemann (Sep 01, 1984)
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Contains three plays which have a gift for catching the liveliness of the everyday speech of Trinidadians.


Click for more detail about Jimi: Sounds Like A Rainbow: A Story Of The Young Jimi Hendrix by Gary Golio Jimi: Sounds Like A Rainbow: A Story Of The Young Jimi Hendrix

by Gary Golio
Clarion Books (Oct 04, 2010)
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Jimi Hendrix was many things: a superstar, a rebel, a hero, an innovator. But first, he was a boy named Jimmy who loved to draw and paint and listen to records. A boy who played air guitar with a broomstick and longed for a real guitar of his own. A boy who asked himself a question: Could someone paint pictures with sound?

This a story of a talented child who learns to see, hear, and interpret the world around him in his own unique way. It is also a story of a determined kid with a vision, who worked hard to become a devoted and masterful artist. Jimi Hendrix--a groundbreaking performer whose music shook the very foundations of rock 'n' roll.

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Click for more detail about Kehinde by Buchi Emecheta Kehinde

by Buchi Emecheta
Heinemann (Feb 22, 1994)
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Kehinde is a Nigerian woman, unsure of herself, not quite certain she has the right to be happy. With her husband, Albert, she has made a home in London, and has a promising career when Albert decides they should return to Nigeria. Kehinde is loath to do so, and joins him later, reluctantly, only to discover that he has taken a second, younger wife. Her years in England have left Kehinde unwilling and unprepared to reembrace Nigerian social mores; and unable to accept the situation, she returns to London.


Click for more detail about Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters

by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Jan 08, 2013)
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Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus and sparked a boycott that changed America. Harriet Tubman helped more than three hundred slaves escape the South on the Underground Railroad. Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
The lives these women led are part of an incredible story about courage in the face of oppression; about the challenges and triumphs of the battle for civil rights; and about speaking out for what you believe in—even when it feels like no one is listening. Andrea Davis Pinkney’s moving text and Stephen Alcorn’s glorious portraits celebrate the lives of ten bold women who lit the path to freedom for generations. Includes biographies of Sojournor Truth, Biddy Mason, Harriet Tubman, Ida B.Wells-Barnett, Mary McLeod Bethune, Ella Josephine Baker, Dorothy Irene Height, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Shirley Chisholm.


Click for more detail about Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters

by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Gulliver Books (Sep 01, 2000)
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Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus and sparked a boycott that changed America. Harriet Tubman helped more than three hundred slaves escape the South on the Underground Railroad. Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. The lives these women led are part of an incredible story about courage in the face of oppression; about the challenges and triumphs of the battle for civil rights; and about speaking out for what you believe in—even when it feels like no one is listening. Andrea Davis Pinkney’s moving text and Stephen Alcorn’s glorious portraits celebrate the lives of ten bold women who lit the path to freedom for generations.


Click for more detail about Letters to Martha & other Poems from a South African prison (African writers series, 46) by Dennis Brutus Letters to Martha & other Poems from a South African prison (African writers series, 46)

by Dennis Brutus
Heinemann (Jan 31, 1969)
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Poetry written by Brutus on his experiences as a political prisoner on Robben Island off Cape Town.


Click for more detail about Little Stevie Wonder by Quincy Troupe Little Stevie Wonder

by Quincy Troupe
HMH Books for Young Readers (Apr 04, 2005)
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Eleven-year-old Stevland Judkins Morris Hardaway hit the big time when he signed a Motown recording contract. At the age of thirteen, Little Stevie Wonder had millions of fans dancing to the number-one song in the nation.

Little Stevie Wonder is the true story of a boy who lost his sight shortly after birth, grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and became one of the twentieth century’s most creative and influential musicians—an instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, musical innovator, and cultural activist.

Here in Quincy Troupe’s joyful poem and Lisa Cohen’s vibrant art is an uplifting celebration of life, peace, and music.


Click for more detail about March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine by Melba Pattillo Beals March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine

by Melba Pattillo Beals
HMH Books for Young Readers (Jan 02, 2018)
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From the legendary civil rights activist and author of the million-copy selling Warriors Don’t Cry comes an ardent and profound childhood memoir of growing up while facing adversity in the Jim Crow South.

Long before she was one of the Little Rock Nine, Melba Pattillo Beals was a warrior. Frustrated by the laws that kept African-Americans separate but very much unequal to whites, she had questions. Why couldn’t she drink from a "whites only" fountain? Why couldn’t she feel safe beyond home—or even within the walls of church?  Adults all told her: Hold your tongue. Be patient. Know your place. But Beals had the heart of a fighter—and the knowledge that her true place was a free one.

Combined with emotive drawings and photos, this memoir paints a vivid picture of Beals’ powerful early journey on the road to becoming a champion for equal rights, an acclaimed journalist, a best-selling author, and the recipient of this country’s highest recognition, the Congressional Gold Medal.


Click for more detail about Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home by Marcus Samuelsson Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home

by Marcus Samuelsson
Rux Martin Books (Oct 21, 2014)
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The award-winning celebrity chef and New York Times best-selling author unwinds at home, sharing 150 relaxed, multicultural dishes   For two decades, Marcus Samuelsson has captivated food lovers with his brilliant culinary interpretations. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, and trained in European kitchens, he is a world citizen turned American success story. Not only was Samuelsson the youngest chef ever to receive three stars from the New York Times, he is also a five-time James Beard Award recipient, a winner of Top Chef Masters, and a judge on Chopped. Chosen by President Obama to cook the first state dinner, he is now a charismatic TV host. In this book, the chef who former President Bill Clinton says “has reinvigorated and reimagined what it means to be American” serves up the dishes he makes at his Harlem home for his wife and friends. The recipes blend a rainbow of the flavors he experienced in his travels—Ethiopian, Swedish, Mexican, Caribbean, Italian, and Southern soul. His eclectic, casual food includes dill-spiced salmon; coconut-lime curried chicken; mac, cheese, and greens; chocolate pie spiced with Indian garam masala; and for kids, peanut noodles with slaw. This is an inside glimpse into how one of the world’s top chefs cooks in his home kitchen for those nearest and dearest to him.


Click for more detail about Meridian by Alice Walker Meridian

by Alice Walker
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (May 26, 2003)
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Meridian Hill is a young woman at an Atlanta college attempting to find her place in the revolution for racial and social equality. She discovers the limits beyond which she will not go for the cause, but despite her decision not to follow the path of some of her peers, she makes significant sacrifices in order to further her beliefs. Working in a campaign to register African American voters, Meridian cares broadly and deeply for the people she visits, and, while her coworkers quit and move to comfortable homes, she continues to work in the deep South despite a paralyzing illness. Meridian’s nonviolent methods, though seemingly less radical than the methods of others, prove to be an effective means of furthering her beliefs.


Click for more detail about Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson Midnight Without a Moon

by Linda Williams Jackson
HMH Books for Young Readers (Jan 03, 2017)
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Washington Post 2017 KidsPost Summer Book Club selection!

It’s Mississippi in the summer of 1955, and Rose Lee Carter can’t wait to move north. But for now, she’s living with her sharecropper grandparents on a white man’s cotton plantation.

Then, one town over, an African American boy, Emmett Till, is killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman. When Till’s murderers are unjustly acquitted, Rose realizes that the South needs a change . . . and that she should be part of the movement. 

Linda Jackson’s moving debut seamlessly blends a fictional portrait of an African American family and factual events from a famous trial that provoked change in race relations in the United States.


Click for more detail about Missy Violet and Me by Barbara Hathaway Missy Violet and Me

by Barbara Hathaway
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Jan 14, 2008)
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Winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award

“This appealingly nostalgic tale conveys the tenor of the time as well as the affable narrator’s growth during one momentous summer.”—Publishers Weekly “Realistic and exciting. . . . Great for reading aloud.”—Booklist

The summer that Viney is eleven years old is extraordinary. It takes her out of school and puts her under the wing of Missy Violet, a well-loved midwife whose wise and warm ways help teach Viney about the business of catchin’ babies. At turns scary, funny, and exhilarating, the rhythm of Viney’s rural life in the South quickens as she embraces her apprenticeship and finds her own special place as Missy Violet’s “best helper girl.”


Click for more detail about Mister And Lady Day: Billie Holiday And The Dog Who Loved Her by Amy Novesky Mister And Lady Day: Billie Holiday And The Dog Who Loved Her

by Amy Novesky
HMH Books for Young Readers (Jun 18, 2013)
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Billie Holiday—also known as Lady Day—had fame, style, a stellar voice, big gardenias in her hair, and lots of dogs. She had a coat-pocket poodle, a beagle, Chihuahuas, a Great Dane, and more, but her favorite was a boxer named Mister. Mister was always there to bolster her courage through good times and bad, even before her legendary appearance at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Newton’s stylish illustrations keep the simply told story focused on the loving bond between Billie Holiday and her treasured boxer. An author’s note deals more directly with the singer’s troubled life, and includes a little-known photo of Mister and Lady Day!

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Click for more detail about Most Loved in All the World by Tonya Cherie Hegamin Most Loved in All the World

by Tonya Cherie Hegamin
HMH Books for Young Readers (Dec 20, 2008)
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An authentic and powerful account of slavery and how a handmade quilt helps a little girl leave home for freedom.

With a poet’s keen ear, Tonya Hegamin tells the account of a little girl whose mother is a secret agent on the Underground Railroad. Before sending her daughter north to freedom, the mother sews a quilt for her daughter, not only to guide her with its symbols of moss and the north star, but also to remind her always that the smiling girl in the center of the quilt is "most loved in all the world." Strikingly illustrated in unique textile collaging and expressive acrylic paintings.


Click for more detail about Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose by Leo & Diane Dillon Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose

by Leo & Diane Dillon
Harcourt Children’s Books (Oct 01, 2007)
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The numbers are on the loose—hiding and dancing, skipping and laughing through the rhymes of Mother Goose! It’s a good thing Caldecott Medal-winning artists Leo and Diane Dillon have helped gather up all these mischievous numbers in a stunning celebration of counting, rhymes, and imagination.      The rhymes, both familiar and lesser known, are ordered from simple (1, 2, 3) to more complex numbers, making this a collection to grow with. The illustrations are filled with surprising wit and whimsy. And this vibrant, playful volume is irresistible as an introduction to Mother Goose or as a new delight for her longtime fans.     Includes a note from the illustrators.


Click for more detail about My Rows and Piles of Coins by Tololwa M. Mollel My Rows and Piles of Coins

by Tololwa M. Mollel
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Aug 28, 1999)
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"I emptied my secret money box, arranged the coins in piles and the piles in rows . . ." The market is full of wonderful things, but Saruni is saving his precious coins for a red and blue bicycle. How happy he will be when he can help his mother carry heavy loads to market on his very own bicycle—and how disappointed he is to discover that he hasn’t saved nearly enough! Determination and generosity are at the heart of this satisfying tale, set in Tanzania and illustrated with glowing watercolors that capture the warmth of Saruni’s family and the excitement of market day.


Click for more detail about My Science Investigations by Christine Taylor Butler My Science Investigations

by Christine Taylor Butler
Heinemann (Jul 01, 2011)
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Learn the scientific method while engaging in fun, exciting experiments with these books.


Click for more detail about Native Guard: Poems by Natasha Trethewey Native Guard: Poems

by Natasha Trethewey
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Jan 01, 2006)
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Growing up in the Deep South, Natasha Trethewey was never told that in her hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi, black soldiers had played a pivotal role in the Civil War. Off the coast, on Ship Island, stood a fort that had once been a Union prison housing Confederate captives. Protecting the fort was the second regiment of the Louisiana Native Guards — one of the Union’s first official black units. Trethewey’s new book of poems pays homage to the soldiers who served and whose voices have echoed through her own life.

The title poem imagines the life of a former slave stationed at the fort, who is charged with writing letters home for the illiterate or invalid POWs and his fellow soldiers. Just as he becomes the guard of Ship Island’s memory, so Trethewey recalls her own childhood as the daughter of a black woman and a white man. Her parents’ marriage was still illegal in 1966 Mississippi. The racial legacy of the Civil War echoes through elegiac poems that honor her own mother and the forgotten history of her native South. Native Guard is haunted by the intersection of national and personal experience.


Click for more detail about New American Table by Marcus Samuelsson New American Table

by Marcus Samuelsson
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Oct 09, 2009)
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An award-winning chef and author celebrates the regional flavors and the diverse ethnic influences that have shaped modern American cuisine, in an illustrated full-color collection of over 300 recipes, such as Mussels With Yucca Fries and Jerk-Spiced Catf
Title: New American Table
Author: Samuelsson, Marcus/ Walters, Heidi Sacko/ Brissman, Paul (PHT)
John Wiley & Sons Inc
2009/10/26
Number of 356
Binding Type: HARDCOVER
Library of Congress: 2009001878


Click for more detail about Nikki and Deja: Birthday Blues by Karen English Nikki and Deja: Birthday Blues

by Karen English
HMH Books for Young Readers (Jan 18, 2010)
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The second book about Nikki and Deja, two African American third-grade girls who are best friends.Deja’s birthday is coming up, and she’s been talking about it for weeks. But just before the big day, Auntie Dee gets called away on a business trip and Deja must stay with an elderly neighbor . . . who cooks turnips for dinner and doesn’t even have a color TV! Worse, the machinations of spoiled Antonia, Deja’s new nemesis, threaten to ruin Deja’s birthday party plans. Like the first book, this story captures with subtlety and humor all the small betrayals and triumphs of young girls’ relationships. Readers will get a wider view of the girls’ diverse urban neighborhood, and will recognize themselves and their classmates in the colorful, deftly drawn school scenes. A more serious theme is also introduced (with a light touch) in a subplot concerning Deja’s absent father.


Click for more detail about Nikki and Deja: Election Madness by Karen English Nikki and Deja: Election Madness

by Karen English
HMH Books for Young Readers (Sep 04, 2012)
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When the students in Nikki and Deja’s class find out that their school is going to hold its first-ever election for student body president, some kids are more excited than others. But none is as excited as Deja, who figures she’s a shoo-in for the third grade nomination. Deja decides that Nikki will be her campaign manager, of course, and puts her to work right away. But will Deja’s tendency to rush into things and boss people around alienate her best friend when she needs her most, and spoil her chances of becoming president of Carver Elementary?This is a charming new entry in a chapter book series praised for its humor and authentic characters.


Click for more detail about Nikki and Deja: Nikki and Deja, Book One by Karen English Nikki and Deja: Nikki and Deja, Book One

by Karen English
HMH Books for Young Readers (Jan 12, 2009)
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Meet Nikki and Deja, who live next door to each other and are best friends. They do everything together—watch Saturday morning cartoons, play jacks, jump double Dutch at recess, and help each other with their homework for Mrs. Shelby’s third-grade class. But when an arrogant new girl arrives and Nikki and Deja form a club that would exclude her, the results are not what they expect. This warm, easy-to-read chapter book from an award-winning author captures all the joys and complexities of elementary school life—particularly friendships and cliques—with finesse and humor.


Click for more detail about Nikki and Deja: Substitute Trouble by Karen English Nikki and Deja: Substitute Trouble

by Karen English
HMH Books for Young Readers (Jul 08, 2014)
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Deja is dismayed to learn that her teacher has had an accident and a substitute will be taking her place. Under the new sub’s care, nothing is the same in Room Ten. A few of the class troublemakers plot to take advantage of the clueless teacher, and soon other students join in. Should Nikki and Deja go along with the rest of the kids in tormenting him? Should they help him out by tattling on their classmates? Or is there another way to handle the situation?      Here is another charming entry in a chapter book series about African American girls praised for its accessibility, authenticity, and humor.


Click for more detail about Nikki and Deja: The Newsy News Newsletter: Nikki and Deja, Book Three by Karen English Nikki and Deja: The Newsy News Newsletter: Nikki and Deja, Book Three

by Karen English
HMH Books for Young Readers (Jan 03, 2011)
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Newsy news is not just regular news. It’s news that’s interesting and exciting. Nikki and Deja know that there’s plenty of newsy news happening on their block and at Carver Elementary, just waiting to be reported. Luckily, Nikki has her special pen and notepad, Deja has the use of Auntie Dee’s computer, and they both have lots of ideas. Before long, the Fulton Street Newsy News Newsletter is born. At first, everyone wants to read what the girls have written. But after just one issue, some unexpected problems arise. Will Nikki and Deja’s plans to become celebrated journalists succeed? Like the first two Nikki and Deja stories, this accessible chapter book shines with emotional depth and humor, perfectly capturing the complexities and joys of elementary school girls’ friendships.


Click for more detail about Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart: A Novel by Alice Walker Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart: A Novel

by Alice Walker
HMH Books for Young Readers (Mar 29, 2005)
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The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Color Purple, Possessing the Secret of Joy, and The Temple of My Familiar now gives us a beautiful new novel that is at once a deeply moving personal story and a powerful spiritual journey. In Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart, Alice Walker has created a work that ranks among her ?nest achievements: the story of a woman’s spiritual adventure that becomes a passage through time, a quest for self, and a collision with love. Kate has always been a wanderer. A well-published author, married many times, she has lived a life rich with explorations of the natural world and the human soul. Now, at fifty-seven, she leaves her lover, Yolo, to embark on a new excursion, one that begins on the Colorado River, proceeds through the past, and flows, inexorably, into the future. As Yolo begins his own parallel voyage, Kate encounters celibates and lovers, shamans and snakes, memories of family disaster and marital discord, and emerges at a place where nothing remains but love. Told with the accessible style and deep feeling that are its author’s hallmarks, Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart is Alice Walker’s most surprising achievement.From the Hardcover edition.


Click for more detail about On leaving paradise: A novel by Frank Hercules On leaving paradise: A novel

by Frank Hercules
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (Jan 01, 1980)
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Click for more detail about Open the Unusual Door: True Life Stories of Challenge, Adventure, and Success by Black Americans by Barbara Summers Open the Unusual Door: True Life Stories of Challenge, Adventure, and Success by Black Americans

by Barbara Summers
HMH Books for Young Readers (Nov 28, 2005)
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Sometimes life offers us chances to change our direction. These opportunities can be obvious, but many times they come as a surprise and, if we’re not paying close attention, we can miss the door leading to change. All of the authors in this inspiring collection took advantage of the hand they were dealt—a chance to triumph, make a comeback, or, in some cases, simply survive. Barbara Summers has selected an intriguing collection of autobiographical essays and edited them into a thought-provoking anthology that teaches us how to recognize the right door, open it, and find the strength to walk through it.


Click for more detail about Pizza Party: The Carver Chronicles, Book Six by Karen English Pizza Party: The Carver Chronicles, Book Six

by Karen English
Clarion Books (Dec 18, 2018)
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A new title in a chapter book series featuring African American and Latino boys that’s full of kid-friendly charm and universal appeal.
 
Third-grader Richard and his friends are just four days away from setting a record for excellent behavior and earning a classroom pizza party when disaster strikes—their beloved teacher is out sick, and the strictest, meanest substitute has taken her place! Will their dreams of pizza be dashed when the sub suspects that some of them have been cheating?

This gently humorous installment in a chapter-book series about a diverse group of elementary schoolers by Coretta Scott King honoree Karen English offers spot-on storytelling, relatable characters and situations, and plenty of action.


Click for more detail about Pushkin And The Queen Of Spades: A Novel by Alice Randall Pushkin And The Queen Of Spades: A Novel

by Alice Randall
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (May 04, 2004)
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Windsor Armstrong is a polished, Harvard-educated African American professor of Russian literature. Her son, Pushkin X, is an exceedingly famous pro football player, an achievement that impresses his mother not at all. Even more distressing, however, her beloved son has just become engaged to a gorgeous white Russian émigré who also happens to be a lap dancer.
For Windsor this predicament is no laughing matter. Determined to get to the bottom of it, she embarks on a journey into her own rich past: to her Motown childhood, where the Temptations danced across the stage and love came disguised as a sharply dressed gangster; to Harvard, where she endured the humiliation of being an unwed black teen mother; to St. Petersburg, where the verses of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, great-grandson of an African slave, moved through her head as she made love to her own white Russian. The urge to protect her son has been Windsor’s only goal, but as she draws ever closer to the secret that has cast a shadow over her life, the identity of her son’s father, she discovers that the half-lies she has fed her boy don’t add up to the beauty of the truth.
Balancing sharp-witted humor with profundity, sexiness with psychological depth, this is an exhilarating ride straight through the racially divided heart of contemporary America , which also probes the universal question of what it means to be a good mother. Pushkin and the Queen of Spades is a provocative, enormously entertaining novel that will change the landscape of literary fiction.


Click for more detail about Quiz Book on Black America by Clarence N. Blake and Donald F. Martin Quiz Book on Black America

by Clarence N. Blake and Donald F. Martin
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Oct 01, 1976)
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More than seventy quizzes challenge and increase the reader’s knowledge of the roles played by blacks in American life.

Check out the Black History Quiz on AALBC.com


Click for more detail about Reaching Out by Francisco Jiménez Reaching Out

by Francisco Jiménez
HMH Books for Young Readers (Aug 25, 2008)
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From the perspective of the young adult he was then, Francisco Jiménez describes the challenges he faced in his efforts to continue his education. During his college years, the very family solidarity that allowed Francisco to survive as a child is tested. Not only must he leave his family behind when he goes to Santa Clara University, but while Francisco is there, his father abandons the family and returns to Mexico. This is the story of how Francisco coped with poverty, with his guilt over leaving his family financially strapped, with his self-doubt about succeeding academically, and with separation. Once again his telling is honest, true, and inspiring.


Click for more detail about Rebound by Kwame Alexander Rebound

by Kwame Alexander
HMH Books for Young Readers (Apr 02, 2018)
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From the New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander comes Rebound, a dynamic novel in verse and companion to his Newbery Award-winner, The Crossover, illustrated with striking graphic novel panels.  Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. In this prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, Chuck Bell takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshiping, basketball star his sons look up to.     A novel in verse with all the impact and rhythm readers have come to expect from Kwame Alexander, Rebound will go back in time to visit the childhood of Chuck "Da Man" Bell during one pivotal summer when young Charlie is sent to stay with his grandparents where he discovers basketball and learns more about his family’s past.


Click for more detail about Remember: The Journey to School Integration  by Toni Morrison Remember: The Journey to School Integration

by Toni Morrison
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (May 17, 2004)
Format: Hardcover, Age Range: 9 - 12
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Toni Morrison has collected a treasure chest of archival photographs that depict the historical events surrounding school desegregation. These unforgettable images serve as the inspiration for Ms. Morrison’s text—a fictional account of the dialogue and emotions of the children who lived during the era of “separate but equal” schooling. Remember is a unique pictorial and narrative journey that introduces children to a watershed period in American history and its relevance to us today.


Click for more detail about Remembering Manzanar: Life in a Japanese Relocation Camp by Michael L. Cooper Remembering Manzanar: Life in a Japanese Relocation Camp

by Michael L. Cooper
Clarion Books (Nov 25, 2002)
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In this close look at the first relocation camp built for Japanese evacuees living on the West Coast after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, social historian Michael Cooper makes extensive use of the actual words—from diaries, journals, memoirs, and news accounts—of the people who were held behind barbed wire in the high California desert. Many were American citizens who felt betrayed by their country. They had to leave their jobs, their homes, and their friends and go live in crowded barracks, eat in noisy mess halls, and do without supplies or books for work or schooling. They showed remarkable bravery and resilience as they tried to lead normal lives, starting their own schools, playing baseball, attending Saturday night dances, and publishing their own newspaper. Archival photographs, some by Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange, augment the informative text. Manzanar is now a National Historic Site and hosts an annual pilgrimage that is attended by former internees, their families, and friends. Endnotes, Internet resources, index.


Click for more detail about Riot and Remembrance: The Tulsa Race War and Its Legacy by James S. Hirsch Riot and Remembrance: The Tulsa Race War and Its Legacy

by James S. Hirsch
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Feb 22, 2002)
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A best-selling author investigates the causes of the twentieth century’s deadliest race riot and how its legacy has scarred and shaped a community over the past eight decades. On a warm night in May 1921, thousands of whites, many deputized by the local police, swarmed through the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Oklahoma, killing scores of blacks, looting, and ultimately burning the neighborhood to the ground. In the aftermath, as many as 300 were dead, and 6,000 Greenwood residents were herded into detention camps. James Hirsch focuses on the de facto apartheid that brought about the Greenwood riot and informed its eighty-year legacy, offering an unprecedented examination of how a calamity spawns bigotry and courage and how it has propelled one community’s belated search for justice. Tulsa’s establishment and many victims strove to forget the events of 1921, destroying records pertaining to the riot and refusing even to talk about it. This cover-up was carried through the ensuing half-century with surprising success. Even so, the riot wounded Tulsa profoundly, as Hirsch demonstrates in a compelling combination of history, journalism, and character study. White Tulsa thrived, and the city became a stronghold of Klan activity as workingmen and high civic officials alike flocked to the Hooded Order. Meanwhile, Greenwood struggled as residents strove to rebuild their neighborhood despite official attempts to thwart them. As the decades passed, the economic and social divides between white and black worlds deepened. Through the 1960s and 1970s, urban renewal helped to finish what the riot had started, blighting Greenwood. Paradoxically, however, the events of 1921 saved Tulsa from the racial strife that befell so many other American cities in the 1960s, as Tulsans white and black would do almost anything to avoid a reprise of the riot. Hirsch brings the riot’s legacy up to the present day, tracing how the memory of the massacre gradually revived as academics and ordinary citizens of all colors worked tirelessly to uncover evidence of its horrors. Hirsch also highlights Tulsa’s emergence at the forefront of the burgeoning debate over reparations. RIOT AND REMEMBRANCE shows vividly, chillingly, how the culture of Jim Crow caused not only the grisly incidents of 1921 but also those of Rosewood, Selma, and Watts, as well as less widely known atrocities. It also addresses the cruel irony that underlies today’s battles over affirmative action and reparations: that justice and reconciliation are often incompatible goals. Finally, Hirsch details how Tulsa may be overcoming its horrific legacy, as factions long sundered at last draw together.

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Click for more detail about Satellites: Poems by Lenrie Peters Satellites: Poems

by Lenrie Peters
Heinemann (Jun 26, 1967)
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This is a selection of poetry from the Gambian poet Lenrie Peters.


Click for more detail about Screaming at the Ump by Audrey Vernick Screaming at the Ump

by Audrey Vernick
HMH Books for Young Readers (Apr 07, 2015)
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Twelve-year-old Casey Snowden knows everything about being an umpire. His dad and grandfather run a New Jersey umpire school, Behind the Plate, and Casey lives and breathes baseball. Casey’s dream, however, is to be a reporter—objective, impartial, and fair, just like an ump. But when he stumbles upon a sensational story involving a former major league player in exile, he finds that the ethics of publishing it are cloudy at best. This emotionally charged coming-of-age novel about baseball, divorce, friendship, love, and compassion challenges its readers to consider all the angles before calling that strike.


Click for more detail about Second Round by Lenrie Peters Second Round

by Lenrie Peters
Heinemann (Jun 01, 1966)
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A novel of the conflicts encountered when a Sierra Leone man returns to Freetown from his higher education in Britain.


Click for more detail about Selected Poetry by Lenrie Peters Selected Poetry

by Lenrie Peters
Heinemann (Jul 01, 1981)
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Click for more detail about Silent Day in Tangier by Tahar Ben Jelloun Silent Day in Tangier

by Tahar Ben Jelloun
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (May 01, 1991)
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Click for more detail about Sin by Ai Ogawa Sin

by Ai Ogawa
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Jan 01, 1986)
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No contemporary poet penetrates characters like Ai. The farther they are from her personal experience (Jack and Bobby Kennedy, a priest, a holocaust survivor, the Atlanta child murderer) the more vivid the transformation. Bathed in "a harsh and purifying light/that keeps nothing whole," myth, theology and history rise hot as nightmare through her radical imagination. Battered women’s bruises shimmer like stigmata; Joe McCarthy defiles a dead Stalin. Every poem pushes at the boundaries laid down in Cruelty and Killing Floor, the two books that established her singular control, an authority so absolute it looks casual. Violence is Ai’s natural habitat, but blood, she reminds us, "sanctifies and blesses." Essential for academic and larger public libraries. —Rhoda Yerburgh, Adult Degree Program, Vermont Coll., Montpelier

Blue Suede Shoes
Conversation
The Death Of Francisco Pizarro
The Detective
Elegy
The Emigre
The Good Shepherd: Atlanta, 1981
Immortality
The Journalist
Kristallnacht
The Man With The Saxophone
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The Mother’s Tale
The Priest’s Confession
The Prisoner
Saint Anne’s Reel, 1870
Salome
The Testimony Of J. Robert Oppenheimer
They Shall Not Pass
Two Brothers


Click for more detail about Skateboard Party: The Carver Chronicles, Book Two by Karen English Skateboard Party: The Carver Chronicles, Book Two

by Karen English
HMH Books for Young Readers (Dec 01, 2015)
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Richard can’t wait to show off his flat-ground Ollies at a friend’s birthday party at the skate park, but a note home from his teacher threatens to ruin his plans. He really meant to finish his assignment on howler monkeys, but he just got . . . distracted. If only he could focus on his schoolwork, he wouldn’t get into this kind of trouble! Can Richard manage to put off getting the note signed (and facing the consequences) until after the party, or will the deception make things even worse?     Nikki and Deja fans and their male peers are sure to recognize themselves and their classmates in this humorous school story.


Click for more detail about Smell Of It Ibrahim by Lenrie Peters Smell Of It Ibrahim

by Lenrie Peters
Heinemann (Dec 31, 1986)
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Click for more detail about Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey by Gary Golio Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey

by Gary Golio
Clarion Books (Oct 23, 2012)
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Growing up, John was a seeker. He wondered about spirit, and the meaning of life. And whether music could be a key to unlocking those mysteries. Like his grandfather’s preaching and his parents’ songs, could John’s music bring people closer to God?
     Told in moving prose and powerfully illustrated, this is the story of a shy, curious boy from a deeply religious family who grew up to find solace and inspiration in his own unique approach to both spirituality and music. John Coltrane—a legendary jazz musician whose work shattered boundaries and continues to influence countless artists to this day.

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Click for more detail about Stand Up Straight and Sing! by Jessye Norman Stand Up Straight and Sing!

by Jessye Norman
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (May 06, 2014)
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One of America’s most admired and decorated artists tells her amazing story, from her childhood in the South to the world’s greatest stages. Jessye Norman is not only one of the world’s most admired and beloved singers, she is an American icon whose life story is as moving and dramatic as the great operatic roles she has performed on stage. Born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, nurtured in a close family and tight-knit community centered around the church, she studied the piano and sang the songs of her childhood, not dreaming that this passion for music might lead to her life’s profession. In Stand Up Straight and Sing!, Jessye Norman recalls in rich detail the strong women who were her role models, from her ancestors to family friends, relatives, and teachers. She hails the importance of her parents in her early learning and experiences in the arts. And she describes coming face-to-face with racism, not just as a child living in the segregated South, but also as an adult out and about in the world. She speaks of the many who have inspired her and taught her essential life lessons. A special interlude on her key relationship with the pioneering African American singer Marian Anderson reveals the lifelong support that this great predecessor provided through her example of dignity and grace at all times. The story of one woman’s astonishing life, Stand Up Straight And Sing! is not just for lovers of music, but for everyone.


Click for more detail about Stubborn Hope: New Poems and Selections from China Poems and Strains (African Writers Series) by Dennis Brutus Stubborn Hope: New Poems and Selections from China Poems and Strains (African Writers Series)

by Dennis Brutus
Heinemann (Mar 01, 1991)
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A number of the poems contained in this volume were written after the poet’s exile from South Africa in 1966. By the author of A Simple Lust.


Click for more detail about Teammates by Peter Golenbock Teammates

by Peter Golenbock
HMH Books for Young Readers (Aug 17, 1992)
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This is the moving story of how Jackie Robinson became the first black player on a Major League baseball team when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s, and how on a fateful day in Cincinnati, Pee Wee Reese took a stand and declared Jackie his teammate. Illustrated with a blend of historic photographs and eloquent watercolors by Paul Bacon.


Click for more detail about The Best American Short Stories 2016 by Junot Diaz The Best American Short Stories 2016

by Junot Diaz
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Oct 04, 2016)
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“The literary ‘Oscars’ features twenty outstanding examples of the best of the best in American short stories.” —Shelf Awareness for Readers

The Best American Short Stories 2016 will be selected by Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz. He brings "one of the most distinctive and magnetic voices in contemporary fiction: limber, streetwise, caffeinated and wonderfully eclectic" (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times) to the collection.


Click for more detail about The Black Hermit (Heinemann African Writers Series) by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o The Black Hermit (Heinemann African Writers Series)

by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
Heinemann (Jan 01, 1968)
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In this play, Remi, the first of his tribe to go to university, ponders whether or not he should return to his people. Or should he continue to be a black hermit in the town?


Click for more detail about The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America

by Michael Eric Dyson
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Feb 02, 2016)
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A provocative and lively deep dive into the meaning of America’s first black presidency, from “one of the most graceful and lucid intellectuals writing on race and politics today” (Vanity Fair).

Michael Eric Dyson explores the powerful, surprising way the politics of race have shaped Barack Obama’s identity and groundbreaking presidency. How has President Obama dealt publicly with race—as the national traumas of Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, and Walter Scott have played out during his tenure? What can we learn from Obama’s major race speeches about his approach to racial conflict and the black criticism it provokes? 

Dyson explores whether Obama’s use of his own biracialism as a radiant symbol has been driven by the president’s desire to avoid a painful moral reckoning on race. And he sheds light on identity issues within the black power structure, telling the fascinating story of how Obama has spurned traditional black power brokers, significantly reducing their leverage. 

President Obama’s own voice—from an Oval Office interview granted to Dyson for this book—along with those of Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Andrew Young, and Maxine Waters, among others, add unique depth to this profound tour of the nation’s first black presidency.


Click for more detail about The Crossover by Kwame Alexander The Crossover

by Kwame Alexander
HMH Books for Young Readers (Mar 18, 2014)
Format: Hardcover, Age Range: 9 - 12 years
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“With a bolt of lightning on my kicks…The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering,” announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family’s story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander (He Said, She Said 2013).

Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story’s heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.


Click for more detail about The Funniest Man in Baseball: The True Story of Max Patkin by Audrey Vernick The Funniest Man in Baseball: The True Story of Max Patkin

by Audrey Vernick
Clarion Books (Apr 03, 2018)
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A hilarious picture book biography about Max Patkin, a professional ballplayer turned legendary baseball clown, from the author of the acclaimed Brothers at Bat and other baseball nonfiction.

Max Patkin was pitching in the minor leagues when he was injured and had to leave his dreams behind. He joined the Navy and eventually was able to play again while in the military . . . and this time he got to pitch against superstar Joe DiMaggio. When Joe hit one of Max’s throws out of the park, Max threw down his glove, left the mound, and chased Joe around the bases, making faces and imitating his every move. The crowd loved it! And a baseball clown was born.

This inspiring and comical biography carries an important message: Life doesn’t always turn out exactly as you hope . . . but moving in a new direction can sometimes bring happy surprises.


Click for more detail about The Great Migrations 1880S-1912 (History of Multicultural America) by William L. Katz The Great Migrations 1880S-1912 (History of Multicultural America)

by William L. Katz
Steck-Vaughn Publishing (Apr 01, 1998)
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Describes the massive wave of immigration experienced by the United States between 1880 and World War I and the experiences of the immigrants from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia


Click for more detail about The Haygoods Of Columbus: A Love Story by Wil Haygood The Haygoods Of Columbus: A Love Story

by Wil Haygood
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Apr 27, 1997)
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Wil Haygood’s memoir of his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, is an uplifting and unsparing celebration of the ties that bind all loving American families. The lives of the Haygood clan - grandmother a hotel cook, mother a nightlife-loving waitress, father mostly absent, one brother a legendary pimp, the other a star-crossed dreamer, sisters whose fates included very little disposable income - were intertwined with that of Mount Vernon Avenue, a seductive street of shops, juke joints, and speakeasies at the epicenter of Columbus’s black community. Wil loved that avenue. Gifted and ambitious, he eventually found his first reporting terrain there, writing for the local paper, The Call & Post, while the first waves of urban renewal began to shake and shift the city of his childhood. Haygood tells here of his early passions: his fierce love for his restless mother, his enthusiasm for fishing in the Olentangy River, his adolescent love of basketball, which drove him to ride buses surreptitiously


Click for more detail about The Kid from Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton by Audrey Vernick The Kid from Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton

by Audrey Vernick
Clarion Books (Mar 29, 2016)
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Audrey Vernick and Steven Salerno have again collaborated to bring us a captivating picture book about a compelling but little-known piece of baseball history. Beginning in 1922, when Edith Houghton was only ten years old, she tried out for a women’s professional baseball team, the Philadelphia Bobbies. Though she was the smallest on the field, soon reporters were talking about “The Kid” and her incredible skill, and crowds were packing the stands to see her play. Her story reminds us that baseball has never been about just men and boys. Baseball is also about talented girls willing to work hard to play any way they can.


Click for more detail about The Little Piano Girl: The Story of Mary Lou Williams, Jazz Legend by Ann Ingalls The Little Piano Girl: The Story of Mary Lou Williams, Jazz Legend

by Ann Ingalls
HMH Books for Young Readers (Jan 18, 2010)
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What if you loved music more than anything? Suppose you had just learned to play the piano. Imagine that your family has to move to a new city and you have to leave your piano behind. People don’t like you in the new city because of  what you look like. How will you make yourself feel better? Mary Lou Williams, like Mozart, began playing the piano when she was four; at eight she became a professional musician. She wrote and arranged music for Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, and was one of the most powerful women in jazz. This is the story of Mary Lou’s childhood in Pittsburgh, where she played the piano for anyone who would listen.


Click for more detail about The Multicultural Math Classroom: Bringing in the World by Claudia Zaslavsky The Multicultural Math Classroom: Bringing in the World

by Claudia Zaslavsky
Heinemann (Dec 04, 1995)
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All over the world, in all eras of history, people have developed mathematical ideas to meet their needs and interests. They count objects, measure quantities, invent calendars, plan buildings, design works of art, and even play games involving math. Although each society solves these problems in its own way, the concepts are common to all. Claudia Zaslavsky’s new book introduces a multi- cultural perspective to the elementary and middle grade math curriculum, revealing how such a perspective can enrich the learning of all students-whatever their gender, ethnic/racial heritage, or socioeconomic status. Students learn that mathematics was created by real people attempting to solve real problems. They’re asked to solve the same kinds of problems and to extend their problem solving skills to issues within their communities. Zaslavsky begins by presenting a rationale for multicultural math education and describing the work of several educators. Then, she focuses on the activities themselves, providing practical suggestions and real life applications. Children have the opportunity to learn counting words in different languages and locations of the societies under discussion. The book provides background information on each topic’s history and development, as well as references for both teachers and students. The Multicultural Math Classroom inspires cooperation, creativity, and critical thinking. Students of diverse interests and achievement levels will take pride in the contributions of their people and learn to appreciate the accomplishments of others.


Click for more detail about The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t, and Why by Jabari Asim The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t, and Why

by Jabari Asim
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Mar 26, 2007)
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A renowned cultural critic untangles the twisted history and future of racism through its most volatile word.

The N Word reveals how the term "nigger" has both reflected and spread the scourge of bigotry in America over the four hundred years since it was first spoken on our shores. Asim pinpoints Thomas Jefferson as the source of our enduring image of the ?nigger.” In a seminal but now obscure essay, Jefferson marshaled a welter of pseudoscience to define the stereotype of a shiftless child-man with huge appetites and stunted self control. Asim reveals how nineteenth-century ?science” then colluded with popular culture to amplify this slander. What began as false generalizations became institutionalized in every corner of our society: the arts and sciences, sports, the law, and on the streets.

Asim’s conclusion is as original as his premise. He argues that even when uttered with the opposite intent by hipsters and hip-hop icons, the slur helps keep blacks at the bottom of America’s socioeconomic ladder. But Asim also proves there is a place for the word in the mouths and on the pens of those who truly understand its twisted history — from Mark Twain to Dave Chappelle to Mos Def. Only when we know its legacy can we loosen this slur’s grip on our national psyche.


Click for more detail about The New Kid: The Carver Chronicles, Book Five by Karen English The New Kid: The Carver Chronicles, Book Five

by Karen English
Clarion Books (Dec 05, 2017)
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Third-grader Gavin and his friends aren’t sure what to make of the new boy in their class, Khufu. He sure doesn’t look or act like the other kids . . . and they suspect that he stole Gavin’s bike! Meanwhile, Gavin’s Great-Aunt Myrtle is coming to stay with his family again, and Gavin is sure she’ll be teaming up with his big sister to boss him around the whole time.

Offering spot-on storytelling, relatable characters and situations, and plenty of action, this gently humorous story about a diverse group of elementary-schoolers shows that even someone who seems strange can turn out to be a good friend, if you give them a chance.


Click for more detail about The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life by Kwame Alexander The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life

by Kwame Alexander
HMH Books for Young Readers (Feb 14, 2017)
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You gotta know the rules to play the game. Ball is life. Take it to the hoop. Soar. What can we imagine for our lives? What if we were the star players, moving and grooving through the game of life? What if we had our own rules of the game to help us get what we want, what we aspire to, what will enrich our lives? 

Illustrated with photographs by Thai Neave, The Playbook is intended to provide inspiration on the court of life. Each rule contains wisdom from inspiring athletes and role models such as Nelson Mandela, Serena Williams, LeBron James, Carli Lloyd, Steph Curry and Michelle Obama. Kwame Alexander also provides his own poetic and uplifting words, as he shares stories of overcoming obstacles and winning games in this motivational and inspirational book just right for graduates of any age and anyone needing a little encouragement.


Click for more detail about The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine (Golden Kite Honors) by Dennis Brindell Fradin and Judith Bloom Fradin The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine (Golden Kite Honors)

by Dennis Brindell Fradin and Judith Bloom Fradin
Clarion Books (Dec 20, 2004)
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The life of civil rights leader Daisy Bates is vividly detailed in this stirring new biography by an acclaimed husband-wife team. Throughout her life, Daisy Bates worked tirelessly for civil rights as an activist, journalist, and organizer. She first captured national attention as the mentor of the nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock in 1957. During this crisis President Dwight Eisenhower was forced to use federal troops to insure the admission of the students, who became known as the Little Rock Nine. In 1999, just hours after her funeral, President Bill Clinton bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal on the Little Rock Nine, and two years later Daisy Bates was honored by a state holiday in Arkansas. In this noteworthy companion to their other distinguished biographies of African Americans, Dennis and Judith Fradin have drawn upon a trove of archival material including papers, correspondence, and photographs of her life and work. They also interviewed some of her living relatives and members of the Little Rock Nine. The result is a compelling, inspiring book about the courage and determination of one woman in the face of prejudice and intolerance. Endnotes, bibliography, index.


Click for more detail about The River Between by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o The River Between

by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
Heinemann (Aug 11, 2008)
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Christian missionaries attempt to outlaw the female circumcision ritual and in the process create a terrible rift between the two Kikuyu communities on either side of the river.


Click for more detail about The Seasons of Thomas Tebo (African Writers Series) by John Nagenda The Seasons of Thomas Tebo (African Writers Series)

by John Nagenda
Heinemann (Dec 01, 1986)
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Thomas Tebo is an enchanted, magical youth, who becomes dangerously involved in politics, and is eventually forced into depressing exile. This book provides an account of how a precocious, sensuous child loses his innocence.


Click for more detail about The Song Turning Back Into Itself by Al Young The Song Turning Back Into Itself

by Al Young
Holt Rinehart & Winston (Jan 01, 1971)
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Click for more detail about The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa by Marcus Samuelsson The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa

by Marcus Samuelsson
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Sep 01, 2006)
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"For as long as I can remember, I’ve had Africa on my mind." Award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson may be best known for his innovative take on Scandinavian cuisine at New York’s Restaurant Aquavit, but his story begins thousands of miles away, in Africa. Born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden by adoptive parents, his life transcends national boundaries, and his individual approach to cuisine is a global yet personal one that draws freely from many ethnic and cultural influences.In The Soul of a New Cuisine, Marcus returns to the land of his birth to explore the continent’s rich diversity of cultures and cuisines through recipes and stories from his travels in Africa. Stunning color images by award-winning photographer Gediyon Kifle bring the breadth of the African experience to life, from fishermen at sunset off the coast of Zanzibar to French baguettes loaded onto a bicycle in Senegal.Marcus shares more than 200 enticing recipes, including his own African-inspired creations and traditional dishes from all parts of Africa. You can delight in spicy stews and Barbequed Snapper from West Africa and the familiar Mediterranean flavors of dishes like Moroccan Lemon-Olive Chicken, or make your way east and south for the irresistible taste combinations of dishes such as Curried Trout with Coconut-Chili Sauce from Kenya and Apple-Squash Fritters from South Africa’s Cape Malay. Using ingredients that are readily available in American markets, the recipes are doable as well as delicious.Of course, one of the keys to authentic African cooking is the use of spice blends and rubs, which elevate simple cooking techniques to an excitingly varied and intense level. Marcus includes his favorites here, with blends that go from sweet to spicy and feature everything from hot chili peppers and peppermint leaves to sesame seeds and ginger.As he says, Africa is "a state of mind that I hope this book will help you tap into wherever you are." By cooking with a handful of this and a pinch of that, trying new foods and enjoying old ones in a new way, and lingering over meals with family and friends, you will bring the free, relaxed spirit of African cooking to your table and discover for yourself the soul of a "new" cuisine.


Click for more detail about The Street: A Novel by Ann Petry The Street: A Novel

by Ann Petry
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Mar 28, 1999)
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THE STREET tells the poignant, often heartbreaking story of Lutie Johnson, a young black woman, and her spirited struggle to raise her son amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s. Originally published in 1946 and hailed by critics as a masterwork, The Street was Ann Petry's first novel, a beloved bestseller with more than a million copies in print. Its haunting tale still resonates today.


Click for more detail about The Turner House by Angela Flournoy The Turner House

by Angela Flournoy
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Apr 14, 2015)
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A powerful, timely debut, The Turner House marks a major new contribution to the story of the American family.

The Turners have lived on Yarrow Street for over fifty years. Their house has seen thirteen children grown and gone—and some returned; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit’s East Side, and the loss of a father. The house still stands despite abandoned lots, an embattled city, and the inevitable shift outward to the suburbs. But now, as ailing matriarch Viola finds herself forced to leave her home and move in with her eldest son, the family discovers that the house is worth just a tenth of its mortgage. The Turner children are called home to decide its fate and to reckon with how each of their pasts haunts and shapes their family’s future.

Praised by Ayana Mathis as “utterly moving” and “un-putdownable,” The Turner House brings us a colorful, complicated brood full of love and pride, sacrifice and unlikely inheritances. It’s a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams and futures, and the ways in which our families bring us home.


Click for more detail about The Voice of the Children by June Jordan The Voice of the Children

by June Jordan
Holt Rinehart & Winston (Jun 01, 1970)
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Twenty black and Puerto Rican children write their poetic impressions of growing up in the ghettos of America.


Click for more detail about The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights

by Russell Freedman
Clarion Books (May 25, 2004)
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”A voice like yours,” celebrated conductor Arturo Toscanini told contralto Marian Anderson, “is heard once in a hundred years.” This insightful account of the great African American vocalist considers her life and musical career in the context of the history of civil rights in this country. Drawing on Anderson’s own writings and other contemporary accounts, Russell Freedman shows readers a singer pursuing her art despite the social constraints that limited the careers of black performers in the 1920s and 1930s. Though not a crusader or a spokesperson by nature, Marian Anderson came to stand for all black artists — and for all Americans of color — when, with the help of such prominent figures as Eleanor Roosevelt, she gave her landmark 1939 performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, which signaled the end of segregation in the arts.Carefully researched, expertly told, and profusely illustrated with contemporary photographs, this Newbery Honor and Sibert Medal-winning book is a moving account of the life of a talented and determined artist who left her mark on musical and social history. Through her story, Newbery Medal-winning author Russell Freedman, one of today’s leading authors of nonfiction for young readers, illuminates the social and political climate of the day and an important chapter in American history. Notes, bibliography, discography, index.


Click for more detail about The Wind Done Gone: A Novel by Alice Randall The Wind Done Gone: A Novel

by Alice Randall
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Jun 01, 2001)
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In a brilliant rejoinder and an inspired act of literary invention, Alice Randall explodes the world created in Margaret Mitchell’s famous 1936 novel, the work that more than any other has defined our image of the antebellum South. Imagine simply that the black characters peopling that world were completely different, not egregious, one-dimensional stereotypes but fully alive, complex human beings. And then imagine, quite plausibly, that at the center of this world moves an illegitimate mulatto woman, and that this woman, Cynara, Cinnamon, or Cindy — beautiful and brown — gets to tell her story.
Cindy is born into a world in which she is unacknowledged by her plantation-owning father and passed over by her mother in favor of her white charges. Sold off like so much used furniture, she eventually makes her way back to Atlanta to take up with a prominent white businessman, only to leave him for an aspiring politician of her own color. Moving from the Deep South to the exhilarating freedom of Reconstruction Washington, with its thriving black citizenry of statesmen, professionals, and strivers of every persuasion, Cindy experiences firsthand the promise of the new era at its dizzying peak, just before it begins to slip away.
Alluding to events in Mitchell’s novel but ingeniously and ironically transforming them, THE WIND DONE GONE is an exquisitely written, emotionally complex story of a strong, resourceful black woman breaking away from the damaging world of the Old South to emerge into her own, a person capable of not only receiving but giving love, as daughter, lover, and mother. A passionate love story, a wrenching portrait of a tangled mother-daughter relationship, and a book that gives a voice to those history has silenced, THE WIND DONE GONE is an elegant literary achievement of significant political force and a novel whose time has finally come.


Click for more detail about The Wine of Astonishment by Earl Lovelace The Wine of Astonishment

by Earl Lovelace
Heinemann (Dec 17, 1986)
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A powerful and moving chronicle of the different ways in which members of a small Trinidadian community, Bonasse, hold on to their identity as they find themselves caught up in change and corruption. Bolo is a champion stick fighter, tall, good looking, and the fastest, strongest, and bravest of al the young men in Bonasse. When time and time again he sees his people humiliated by American troops, his instincts as a leader prevail. But the stand he makes takes on bizarre and tragic forms. Introduction by Marjorie Thorpe.


Click for more detail about This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare

by Gabourey Sidibe
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (May 01, 2017)
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Gabourey Sidibe—“Gabby” to her legion of fans—skyrocketed to international fame in 2009 when she played the leading role in Lee Daniels’s acclaimed movie Precious. In This is Just My Face, she shares a one-of-a-kind life story in a voice as fresh and challenging as many of the unique characters she’s played onscreen. With full-throttle honesty, Sidibe paints her Bed-Stuy/Harlem family life with a polygamous father and a gifted mother who supports her two children by singing in the subway. Sidibe tells the engrossing, inspiring story of her first job as a phone sex “talker.” And she shares her unconventional (of course!) rise to fame as a movie star, alongside “a superstar cast of rich people who lived in mansions and had their own private islands and amazing careers while I lived in my mom’s apartment.”

Sidibe’s memoir hits hard with self-knowing dispatches on friendship, depression, celebrity, haters, fashion, race, and weight (“If I could just get the world to see me the way I see myself,” she writes, “would my body still be a thing you walked away thinking about?”). Irreverent, hilarious, and untraditional, This Is Just My Face takes its place and fills a void on the shelf of writers from Mindy Kaling to David Sedaris to Lena Dunham.


Click for more detail about Thrall: Poems by Natasha Trethewey Thrall: Poems

by Natasha Trethewey
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Aug 28, 2012)
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The stunning follow-up volume to her 2007 Pulitzer Prize–winning Native Guard, by America’s new Poet Laureate

Natasha Trethewey’s poems are at once deeply personal and historical—exploring her own interracial and complicated roots—and utterly American, connecting them to ours. The daughter of a black mother and white father, a student of history and of the Deep South, she is inspired by everything from colonial paintings of mulattos and mestizos to the stories of people forgotten by history. Meditations on captivity, knowledge, and inheritance permeate Thrall, as she reflects on a series of small estrangements from her poet father and comes to an understanding of how, as father and daughter, they are part of the ongoing history of race in America.

Thrall confirms not only that Natasha Trethewey is one of our most gifted and necessary poets but that she is also one of our most brilliant and fearless.


Click for more detail about Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen Thunder Rose

by Jerdine Nolen
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Sep 01, 2007)
Format: Paperback, Age Range: 5 - 8
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Thunder Rose vows to grow up to be more than just big and strong, thank you very kindly—and boy, does she ever! But when a whirling storm on a riotous rampage threatens, has Rose finally met her match?


Click for more detail about Time And The River (Caribbean Writers Series) by Zee Edgell Time And The River (Caribbean Writers Series)

by Zee Edgell
Heinemann (Jan 01, 2007)
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This is a new addition to the "Caribbean Writers Series" from award-winning author, Zee Edgell. "Time and the River" is about freedom and slavery, hope and betrayal. It tells the story of people who don’t won their own land or time, or even their own bodies. Leah Lawson is the daughter of a slave owner and a slave woman in Belize. In dreaming of a better future, Leah must make some difficult choices. Her life takes drastic turns, change her from slave into mistress, and forcing her to take the lives of her family and best friend into her own hands.


Click for more detail about Trouble Next Door: The Carver Chronicles, Book Four by Karen English Trouble Next Door: The Carver Chronicles, Book Four

by Karen English
Clarion Books (Dec 06, 2016)
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In the fourth book in the Carver Chronicles series, third grader Calvin is dealing with his next door neighbors moving away—and the school bully moving in. Meanwhile, competition at the school science fair is heating up, and Calvin must decide what to do when his data doesn’t prove his theory. This lively installment in a chapter book series about a diverse group of elementary schoolers by Coretta Scott King Honoree Karen English offers spot-on storytelling, relatable characters and situations, and plenty of action.


Click for more detail about Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta Under the Udala Trees

by Chinelo Okparanta
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Sep 22, 2015)
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Inspired by Nigeria’s folktales and its war, Under the Udala Trees s a deeply searching, powerful debut about the dangers of living and loving openly.

Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie.

As Edwidge Danticat has made Under the Udala Treesuses one woman’s lifetime to examine the ways in which Nigerians continue to struggle toward selfhood. Even as their nation contends with and recovers from the effects of war and division, Nigerian lives are also wrecked and lost from taboo and prejudice. This story offers a glimmer of hope — a future where a woman might just be able to shape her life around truth and love.

Acclaimed byVogue, theFinancial Times,and many others, Chinelo Okparanta continues to distill experience into something crystalline, stark but lustrous (New York Times Book Review).Under the Udala Treesmarks the further rise of a star whose tales will break your heart open (New York Daily News).


Click for more detail about Water Balloon by Audrey Vernick Water Balloon

by Audrey Vernick
HMH Books for Young Readers (May 06, 2014)
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Marley’s life is as precarious as an overfull water balloon—one false move and everything will burst. Her best friends are pulling away from her, and her parents, newly separated, have decided she should spend the summer with her dad in his new house, with a job she didn’t ask for and certainly doesn’t want. On the upside is a cute boy who loves dogs as much as Marley does . . . but young love has lots of opportunity for humiliation and misinterpreted signals. Luckily Marley is a girl who trusts her instincts and knows the truth when she sees it, making her an immensely appealing character and her story funny, heartfelt, and emotionally true.


Click for more detail about We the Animals by Justin Torres We the Animals

by Justin Torres
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Aug 30, 2011)
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An exquisite, blistering debut novel. Three brothers tear their way through childhood smashing tomatoes all over each other, building kites from trash, hiding out when their parents do battle, tiptoeing around the house as their mother sleeps off her graveyard shift. Paps and Ma are from Brooklyn he’s Puerto Rican, she’s white and their love is a serious, dangerous thing that makes and unmakes a family many times. Life in this family is fierce and absorbing, full of chaos and heartbreak and the euphoria of belonging completely to one another. From the intense familial unity felt by a child to the profound alienation he endures as he begins to see the world, this beautiful novel reinvents the coming-of-age story in a way that is sly and punch-in-the-stomach powerful. Written in magical language with unforgettable images, this is a stunning exploration of the viscerally charged landscape of growing up, how deeply we are formed by our earliest bonds, and how we are ultimately propelled at escape velocity toward our futures.


Click for more detail about Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman

by Kathleen Krull
HMH Books for Young Readers (Feb 01, 2000)
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Before Wilma Rudolph was five years old, polio had paralyzed her left leg. Everyone said she would never walk again. But Wilma refused to believe it. Not only would she walk again, she vowed, she’d run. And she did run—all the way to the Olympics, where she became the first American woman to earn three gold medals in a single olympiad. This dramatic and inspiring true story is illustrated in bold watercolor and acrylic paintings by Caldecott Medal-winning artist David Diaz.


Click for more detail about Women Pioneers of Science by Louis Haber Women Pioneers of Science

by Louis Haber
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Jan 01, 1979)
Format: Hardcover, Age Range: Grade Level: 7 - 9
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Click for more detail about Working Cotton by Sherley Anne Williams Working Cotton

by Sherley Anne Williams
HMH Books for Young Readers (Feb 15, 1997)
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This child’s view of the long day’s work in the cotton fields, simply expressed in a poet’s resonant language, is a fresh and stirring look at migrant family life. “With its restrained poetic text and impressionist paintings, this is a picture book for older readers, too.”—Booklist


Click for more detail about World Geography Today: Student Edition Grades 9-12 2008 by Robert Sager and David Helgren World Geography Today: Student Edition Grades 9-12 2008

by Robert Sager and David Helgren
Holt Rinehart & Winston (Jan 01, 2008)
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Good w/scuffed/dinged edges. Few folded pages. School stamp and number, a student name inside front cover, Number written on bottom page end. No markings noticed on content pages.


Click for more detail about World War II to the New Frontier, 1940-1963 (History of Multicultural America) by William L. Katz World War II to the New Frontier, 1940-1963 (History of Multicultural America)

by William L. Katz
Steck-Vaughn Publishing (May 01, 1995)
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Chronicles the tumultous era from World War II to John F. Kennedy, covering such events as Japanese Americans in internment camps, post-war women’s roles, the communist scare, and the battle for civil rights.


Click for more detail about Zahrah The Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor Zahrah The Windseeker

by Nnedi Okorafor
HMH Books for Young Readers (Feb 18, 2008)
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In the Ooni Kingdom, children born dada?with vines growing in their hair?are rumored to have special powers. Zahrah Tsami doesn’t know anything about that. She feels normal. Others think she’s different?they fear her. Only Dari, her best friend, isn’t afraid of her. But then something begins to happen?something that definitely marks Zahrah as different?and the only person she can tell is Dari. He pushes her to investigate, edging them both closer and closer to danger. Until Dari’s life is on the line. Only Zahrah can save him, but to do so she’ll have to face her worst fears alone, including the very thing that makes her different.