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Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem. SASQUATCH IN THE PAINT (2013)

Eighth-grader Theo Rollins' growth spurt has Coach Mandrake trying to transform him into a basketball star, but training time is hurting the science club's chances of winning the "Aca-lympics," and being accused of stealing could mean Theo is off both teams. (J FICTION ABD KAR)
Applegate, Katherine. HOME OF THE BRAVE (2007)
Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minnesota home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner. (J FICTION APPLEGATE KAT)
Armstrong, William Howard.  SOUNDER (2001)
Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and through his relationship with his devoted dog Sounder. (J NEWBERY FICTION ARM WIL)
Bolden, Tonya. FINDING FAMILY (2010)
Raised in Charleston, West Virginia, at the turn of the twentieth century by her grandfather and aunt on off-putting tales of family members she has never met, twelve-year-old Delana is shocked when, after Aunt Tilley dies, she learns the truth about her parents and some of her other relatives. (J FICTION BOLDEN TON)
Boles, Philana Marie. LITTLE DIVAS (2006)
The summer before seventh grade, Cassidy Carter must come to terms with living with her father, practically a stranger, as well as her relationships with her cousins, all amidst the overall confusion of adolescence. (J FICTION BOLES PHI)
Bozarth, Jan. IILU’S BOOK (2011)
After waking to find herself in Aventurine--the place where girls train to become fairy godmothers--an African American twin sister who is afraid of discovering her own uniqueness embarks on her first mission to rescue a special bird's egg before a devastating magical hurricane hits. (J FICTION BOZ JAN)
Burg, Ann E. SERAFINA’S PROMISE. (2013)
In a poor village outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Serafina works hard to help her family, but dreams of going to school and becoming a doctor--then the earthquake hits and Serafina must summon all her courage to find her father and still get medicine for her sick baby brother as she promised (J FICTION BURG ANN)
Burg, Shana. A THOUSAND NEVER EVERS (2008)
As the civil rights movement in the South gains momentum in 1963--and violence against African Americans intensifies--the black residents, including seventh-grader Addie Ann Pickett, in the small town of Kuckachoo, Mississippi, begin their own courageous struggle for racial justice. (J FICTION BURG SHA)
Carbone, Elisa Lynn. STORM WARRIORS (2001)
In 1895, after his mother's death, twelve-year-old Nathan moves with his father and grandfather to Pea Island off the coast of North Carolina, where he hopes to join the all-black crew at the nearby lifesaving station, despite his father's objections. (J FICTION CAR ELI)

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Codell, Esmé Raji. SAHARA SPECIAL (2003)

Struggling with school and her feelings since her father left, Sahara gets a fresh start with a new and unique teacher who supports her writing talents and the individuality of each of her classmates. (J FICTION ESME RAJ)
Curtis, Christopher Paul THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE (2012)
With love and determination befitting the "world's greatest family," twelve-year-old Deza Malone, her older brother Jimmie, and their parents endure tough times in Gary, Indiana, and later Flint, Michigan during the Great Depression. (J FICTION CUR CHR)
Draper, Sharon Mills. DOUBLE DUTCH (2002)
Three eighth-grade friends, preparing for the International Double Dutch Championship jump rope competition in their home town of Cincinnati, Ohio, cope with Randy's missing father, Delia's inability to read, and Yo Yo's encounter with the class bullies. (J FICTION DRAPER SHA)
Edinger, Monica. AFRICA IS MY HOME: A CHILD OF THE AMISTAD (2013)
Presents a tale of a child who arrives in America on the slave ship Amistad describing her capture, her witness to a mutiny, and the Supreme Court trial that prompts her return to Africa. (J FICTION EDI MON)
Flake, Sharon. THE SKIN THAT I'M IN (2001)
Living in isolation with a robot on what appears to be an alien world populated with bizarre life forms, a twelve-year-old human girl called Eva Nine sets out on a journey to find others like her. (J FICTION FLAKE SHA)
Frazier, Sundee Tucker. THE OTHER HALF OF MY HEART (2010)
Twin daughters of interracial parents, eleven-year-olds Keira and Minna have very different skin tones and personalities, but it is not until their African American grandmother enters them in the Miss Black Pearl Pre-Teen competition in North Carolina that red-haired and pale-skinned Minna realizes what life in their small town in the Pacific Northwest has been like for her more outgoing, darker-skinned sister. (J FICTION FRA SUN)
Fuqua, Jonathon Scott. DARBY  (2006)
In 1926, nine-year-old Darby Carmichael stirs up trouble in Marlboro County, South Carolina, when she writes a story for the local newspaper promoting racial equality. (J FICTION FUQUA JON)
Going, K. L. THE LIBERATION OF GABRIEL KING (2005)
In Georgia during the summer of 1976, Gabriel, a white boy who is being bullied, and Frita, an African American girl who is facing prejudice, decide to overcome their many fears together as they enter fifth grade. (J FICTION GOI K.L)
Goldberg, Whoopi.SUGAR PLUM BALLERINAS (2008)
Alex's ballet-crazy Mom enrolls her at the Nutcracker Ballet School. Even though Alex is a terrible dancer, she is chosen for the starring role in the school recital. (J FICTION GOL WHO)
Jordan, Rosa. LOST GOAT LANE (2004)

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

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Levine, Kristin. THE LIONS OF LITTLE ROCK  (2012)

In 1958 Little Rock, Arkansas, painfully shy twelve-year-old Marlee sees her city and family divided over school integration, but her friendship with Liz, a new student, helps her find her voice and fight against racism. (J FICTION LEV KRI)
McKissack, Pat.  A FRIENDSHIP FOR TODAY (2007)
In 1954, when desegregation comes to Kirkland, Missouri, ten-year-old Rosemary faces many changes and challenges at school and at home as her parents separate. (J FICTION MCK PAT)
Myers, Walter Dean.THE JOURNAL OF BIDDY OWENS: NEGRO LEAGUES (2001)
Teenager Biddy Owens' 1948 journal about working for the Birmingham Black Barons includes the games and the players, racism the team faces from New Orleans to Chicago, and his family's resistance to his becoming a professional baseball player. Includes a historical note about the evolution of the Negro Leagues. (J FICTION DEA AME)
Pearsall, Shelley. JUMP INTO THE SKY (2012)
In 1945, thirteen-year-old Levi is sent to find the father he has not seen in three years, going from Chicago, to segregated North Carolina, and finally to Pendleton, Oregon, where he learns that his father's unit, the all-Black 555th paratrooper battalion, will never see combat but finally has a mission. Includes historical notes. (J FICTION PEA SHE)
Pinkney, Andrea Davis. BIRD IN A BOX (2011)
In 1936, three children meet at the Mercy Home for Negro Orphans in New York State, and while not all three are orphans, they are all dealing with grief and loss which together, along with the help of a sympathetic staff member and the boxing matches of Joe Louis, they manage to overcome. (J FICTION PIN AND)
Rhodes, Jewell Parker. NINTH WARD (2012)
In New Orleans' Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them. (J FICTION RHO JEW)
Taylor, Mildred D. ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY (1976)
A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand. (J NEWBERY FICTION TAY MIL)
Thomson, Melissa.KEENA FORD AND THE SECOND GRADE MIX UP. (2008)
Keena Ford chronicles her many mishaps as she begins second grade. (J FICTION THO MEL)
Williams-Garcia,Rita. ONE CRAZY SUMMER (2010)
In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp. (J FICTION WILL RIT)
Woods, Brenda. THE BLOSSOMING WORLD OF VIOLET DIAMOND (2014)
A biracial girl finally gets the chance to meet the African American side of her family. (J FICTION WOO BRE)

Wright, Barbara. CROW (2012)

In 1898, Moses Thomas's summer vacation does not go exactly as planned as he contends with family problems and the ever-changing alliances among his friends at the same time as he is exposed to the escalating tension between the African-American and white communities of Wilmington, North Carolina.  (J FICTION WRI BAR)

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