Lists and Suggestions for Teens

List: Urban Fiction

Grimes, Nikki.

While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they've...

Grimes, Nikki.

A pregnant teenager finds support and forgiveness from God through a book of poetry presented from t...

Johnson, Angela,

Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his ad...

Jones, Traci L.

As she tries to escape her poor Chicago neighborhood by winning a scholarship to a prestigious board...

Booth, Coe.

Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and hi...

Draper, Sharon M.

A teenaged boy's death in a hazing accident has lasting effects on his pregnant girlfriend and ...

Flake, Sharon.

A teenage boy must face the harsh realities of inner city life, a disintegrating family, and destruc...

Myers, Walter Dean,

A visit to his Harlem neighborhood and the discovery that the girl he loves is using drugs give sixt...

Sitomer, Alan Lawrence.

Andre Anderson has a bright future as a basketball star until he is viciously attacked in a hate cri...

Wolff, Virginia Euwer.

For use in schools and libraries only. In this gorgeously rich and eloquent sequel to Make Lemonade,...

Shakur, Tupac,

His talent was unbounded, a raw force that commanded attention and respect. His death was tragic -- ...

McBride, James,

Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared "light-skinned" woman evasive about her ethnic...

Davis, Tanita S.

Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take ...

Davis, Tanita S.

Lainey, a high school senior and aspiring celebrity chef, is forced to question her priorities after...

Anderson, Laurie Halse.

After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels durin...

Carter, Noni.

Brutally kidnapped from her African village and shipped to America, a young girl struggles to come t...

Booth, Coe.

High schooler Kendra longs to live with her mother who, unprepared for motherhood at age fourteen, l...

Magoon, Kekla.

In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father's nonv...

Woodson, Jacqueline.

In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Sha...