A collection of short stories explore what it is like to be young and black, centering on the experiences of black teenagers and emphasizing that one person’s experiences, reality, and personal identity are different than someone else’s. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby, as eBook on Overdrive/Libby, or as eAudio on Hoopla.
Teens in grades 9-12 can gain confidence and joy in seeing themselves and those around them represented in books. The following stories present African American teens as leading characters. Caregivers and educators can encourage reading books with racially diverse characters by offering these and other titles on class reading lists, in a shared reading space, and through conversations.
Tasia Quirk is a senior with great friends and a supportive family, and she even plays football as the only girl on her private high school’s team. A mystery surrounding her mother makes Tasia wonder about her identity, leading her on a journey to unravel the lies that have taken over her life.
Delves deep into the broken U.S. justice system, detailing from the author’s personal experience his many challenges and efforts as a lawyer and social advocate, especially on behalf of America’s most rejected and marginalized people. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby or as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.
After falling for Kate, her unexpected death sends Jack back in time to the moment they first met, but he soon learns that his actions have consequences when someone else close to him dies. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby, as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.
As she nears her goal of avenging the Renegades, who overthrew the villains to establish order from ruin, Nova grows close to justice-seeking Renegade Adrian, but her allegiance to the villains could destroy them both. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby, as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.
When a rising star of the local music scene is discovered dead over her turntables, the two girls who found her are torn between grief for the deceased and hatred for each other. But when the lack of obvious suspects stalls the investigation, the two girls unite, determined to find out who murdered their friend. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.
Twins Marvin and Tyler Johnson know that the police are often not on their side – they’ve seen it first hand, getting a gun drawn on them as bystanders to a police chase, and later at a house party, after a shooting breaks out. In the confusion, Marvin loses track of his brother. Later, his body is found, shot, and police attribute his death to gang violence. But that’s not the truth – a cop killed Tyler and a video exists proving it. Marvin and his family struggle to survive this trauma and the trauma of being Black in America. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby or as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.
A dysfunctional family sets off on a road trip after God speaks directly to one of them, promising Indigo that the trip will cure her terminally ill twin sister Violet.