YA GRIMES, N.
While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they’ve written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.
YA TAYLOR, M.
A Black family living in the South during the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don’t understand.
YA ANDERSON, L.
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.
YA DAVIS, T.
Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women’s Army Corps.
YA CARTER, N.
Brutally kidnapped from her African village and shipped to America, a young girl struggles to come to terms with her new life as a slave, gradually rising from working in the fields to the master’s house, secretly learning to read and write, until, risking everything, she escapes to seek freedom in the North.
YA WOODSON, J.
In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur’s music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.
YA HESSE, K.
A series of poems express the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.
YA CROWE, C.
In Mississippi in 1955, a sixteen year old finds himself at odds with his grandfather over issues surrounding the kidnapping and murder of a fourteen year old African American from Chicago.
YA BRADLEY, K.
A fictionalized look at the last twenty years of Thomas Jefferson’s life at Monticello through the eyes of three of his slaves, two of whom were his sons by his slave, Sally Hemings.
YA DUDLEY, D.
YA HEGAMIN, T.
YA MAGOON, K.
In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father’s nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.
YA MYERS, W.
YA MOSES, S.
YA NELSON, V.
YA RINALDI, A.
A fictionalized biography of the eighteenth-century African woman who, as a child, was brought to New England to be a slave, and after publishing her first poem when a teenager, gained renown throughout the colonies as an important black American poet.
YA SMITH, S.
During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl “passes” for white in order to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots.
YA VOLPONI, P.
YA WEATHERFORD, C.
Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday looks back on her early years in this fictional memoir written in verse.