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Black History Month for Teens

 

Playground
Illustrated by Lizzi Akana

Thirteen-year-old Butterball doesn't have much going for him. He's teased mercilessly about his weight. He hates the Long Island suburb his mom moved them to and wishes he still lived with his dad in the city. And now he's stuck talking to a totally out-of-touch therapist named Liz.

 

Mystify

Told from the point of view of Sasha Carrington, this second installment in the Mystyx series recounts Sasha's efforts to avoid the interference of her social climbing parents, her continuing attraction to a boy that her parent's would never approve of, and the Mystyx's efforts to use their growing supernatural powers to battle a dark side that is getting more dangerous with each passing day.

 

Bronxwood

Tyrell's life is spinning out of control after his father is released from prison, his little brother is placed in foster care, and the drug dealers he's living with are pressuring him to start dealing.

 

Doing My Own Thing: A Fab Life Novel

With a smash album and her own reality show, Sunday Tolliver has finally arrived. But success brings a whole new set of challenges including a diva cousin and a bad-boy rapper who are trying to get payback by wrecking her reputation, a gifted new collaborator who is trying to sabotage her follow-up album, and a more complicated love life.

 

Ship of Souls

When 11-year-old Dmitri (%u201CD%u201D) loses his mother to breast cancer, he finds himself taken in by an elderly woman, Mrs. Martin. D loves to watch birds and, while in the park, is amazed to find an injured bird that can talk.

 

If I Tell

Raised by her grandparents, seventeen-year-old Jasmine, the result of a biracial one night stand, has never met her father but has a good relationship with her mother until she sees her mother's boyfriend kissing Jaz's best friend.

 

To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement
PN4874.H83 A3 2012

Starting with the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009 and working back to the early 1960s, Charlayne Hunter-Gault covers many of the significant moments in the civil rights movement, including her own pivotal role in desegregating the University of Georgia.

 

Silhouetted by the Blue

After the death of her mother in an automobile accident, seventh-grader Serena, who has the lead in her middle school play, is left to handle the day-to-day challenges of caring for herself and her younger brother when their father cannot pull himself out of his depression.

 

Kick

Told in their separate voices, thirteen-year-old soccer star Kevin and police sergeant Brown, who knew his father, try to keep Kevin out of juvenile hall after he is arrested on very serious charges.

 

Ghetto Cowboy: A Novel

A Detroit city kid is dropped off at his father's home in a Philadelphia inner city neighborhood. His father has never really been a part of his life so imagine his surprise to find out his dad is an urban cowboy with a stable full of horses in the middle of the city.