Black History Month Teen Booklist

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This booklist for teens in grades 6-12 highlights the best recent titles about, written by, or illustrated by African Americans. The following stories present African American teens as leading characters or illustrate African American history, biography and culture. This list was compiled by Teen Specialists from multiple Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations.

American Ace

When Connor’s grandmother dies, she leaves his ill father a letter confessing that the man who raised him was not his biological father. Connor then takes it upon himself to dig into their ancestry and makes a fascinating discovery.

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet. Book 1

When a superhuman terrorist group that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, Wakanda, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions, will be thrown into turmoil. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt – but can its leader Black Panther survive the necessary change?


Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon 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.


Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential.

March. Book Three

The concluding volume in Congressman John Lewis’ graphic memoirs, Book Three focuses on the Civil Rights campaign for voting rights in the still-segregated South. Covering key historical moments like the bombing of a church in Birmingham, Alabama and the confrontation between peaceful protesters and armed policemen on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the struggle for equality continues through the sacrifices of heroes like John Lewis, Martin Luther King Jr., and many others.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. Vol 1, BFF

Lunella LaFayette is a preteen super genius and inventor who wants to change the world. Lunella’s life is turned upside down when a savage, red-scaled dinosaur is teleported from the prehistoric past to her New York City neighborhood.

Riding Chance

Since his mother died thirteen-year-old Troy has been skipping school and hanging out with the wrong crowd, and now he and his friend Foster have been sentenced to work in the local Philadelphia stables; at first he is apprehensive around the horses, but soon he bonds with a mare named Chance, and discovers the sport of polo–but also makes some new enemies.

See No Color

Alex has always identified herself as a baseball player, the daughter of a winning coach, but when she realizes that is not enough she begins to come to terms with her adoption and her race.

The Sun is Also a Star

Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel has always been a good son and good student. But when he sees Natasha he forgets all that and believes there is something extraordinary in store for both of them.