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Black History Month

YA

TITLES

1770s

Atheneum, 2006 Sharon Draper Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves. (F)

1840s

G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2015 Stacey Lee In 1845, Sammy, a Chinese American girl, and Annamae, an African American slave girl, disguise themselves as boys and travel on the Oregon Trail to California from Missouri (F)

Broadway Books, 2014 Max Brooks Follows the journey of the 369th Infantry Regiment, the first African American regiment mustered to fight in World War I, from the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the trenches in France, all while facing struggles and discrimination for a chance to fight for America.

1910s

1940s

Candlewick, 2013 Tanya Lee Stone They became America's first black paratroopers. Why was their story never told? Sibert Medalist Tanya Lee Stone reveals the history of the Triple Nickles during World War II (NF)

1940s

1940s

Amistad/Harper Teen, 2008 Julius Lester In a rural southern town in 1946, a white man and his son witness the lynching of an innocent black man. Includes historical note on lynching. (F)

Roaring Brook Press, 2014 Steve Sheinkin Describes the fifty black sailors who refused to work in unsafe and unfair conditions after an explosion in Port Chicago killed 320 servicemen, and how the incident influenced civil rights. (NF)

Harlequin Teen, 2014 Robin Talley In 1959 Virginia, Linda Hairston, who has been taught all her life that the races should be kept "separate but equal," must work on a school project with Sarah Dunbar, one of the first African-American students at the all-white Jefferson High School. (F)

Scholastic, 2014 Don Mitchell During the summer of 1964, a great tragedy occurred. This is a book for young adults to explore the harrowing true story of three civil rights workers slain by the KKK. (NF)

1950s

1960s

Atheneum, 2014 John Ed Bradley Growing up in Louisiana in the late 1960s, where segregation and prejudice still thrive, two high school football players, one white, one black, become friends, but some changes are too difficult to accept. (F)

1960s

2000

Simon and Schuster, 2000 Laurie Aurelia Williams Shayla Dubois, an aspiring writer growing up in a poor section of Houston, is mystified by the fantastic stories told to her by new neighbor Kambia Elaine, but she soon comes to realize that the girl is in trouble, yet she cannot get past the stories to the truth.(F)

Little Brown, 2012 Matthew Quick Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school's varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences. (F)

2012

2014

Henry Holt, 2014 Kekla Magoon When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree. (F)

Athenuem Books for Young Readers, 2015 Jason Reynolds Soon after his mother's death, Matt takes a job at a funeral home in his tough Brooklyn neighborhood and, while attending and assisting with funerals, begins to accept her death and his responsibilities as a man. (F)

HarperCollins/Amistad, 2015 Guy Sims/Walter Dean Myers While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken. (GN-F)

2015

2015

created by Naomi Bates Northwest High School, Justin TX @yabooksandmore www.naomibates.blogspot.com

“The thing about black history is that the truth is so much more complex than anything you could make up.” -- Henry Louis Gates