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A guide for finding resources related to the African American experience. This guide highlights a variety of genres and authors (non-fiction, urban fiction, poetry, film, music, etc ) across a number of formats (print, electronic, audio/video).
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After Tupac and D Foster - Jacqueline Woodson
Call Number: YA FIC WOO
ISBN: 9780399246548
Publication Date: 2008-01-10
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

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Allegedly - Tiffany D. Jackson
Call Number: YA FIC JACK
ISBN: 9780062422644
Publication Date: 2017-01-24
Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. She didn't say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a church-going black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn't say. Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn't really "home"--No place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home. There wasn't a point to setting the record straight before, but now she's got Ted -- and their unborn child -- to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?

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Bronx Masquerade - Nikki Grimes
Call Number: YA FIC GRIME NIK
ISBN: 9780425289761
Publication Date: 2017-08-08
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

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Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis
Call Number: NEWBERY MEDAL 2000 CURTI CHR
ISBN: 9780440413288
Publication Date: 2002-01-08
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

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Copper Sun - Sharon M. Draper
Call Number: YA FIC Dra
ISBN: 0689821816
Publication Date: 2006-01-01
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.

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Drama High - L. Divine
Call Number: YA FIC DIVIN L
ISBN: 9780985736811
Publication Date: 2013-09-21

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Forged by Fire - Sharon M. Draper
Call Number: YA FIC DRAP
ISBN: 068980699X
Publication Date: 1997-01-01
Teenage Gerald, who has spent years protecting his fragile half-sister from their abusive father, faces the prospect of one final confrontation before the problem can be solved

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Monster - Walter Dean Myers; Christopher A. Myers (Illustrator)
Call Number: YA FIC MYE
ISBN: 0060280778
Publication Date: 1999-04-21
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

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November Blues - Sharon M. Draper
Call Number: YA FIC DRAP
ISBN: 9781416906988
Publication Date: 2007-10-23
A teenaged boy's death in a hazing accident has lasting effects on his pregnant girlfriend and his guilt-ridden cousin, who gives up a promising music career to play football during his senior year in high school

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Piecing Me Together - Renée Watson
Call Number: YA FIC
ISBN: 9781681191058
Publication Date: 2017-02-14
Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls

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Romiette and Julio - Sharon M. Draper; Adam Lowenbein (Illustrator)
Call Number: YA DRA
ISBN: 0689821808
Publication Date: 1999-09-01

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Street Love - Walter Dean Myers
Call Number: YA FIC Mye
ISBN: 0060280794
Publication Date: 2006-11-01
This story told in free verse is set against a background of street gangs and poverty in Harlem in which seventeen-year-old African American Damien takes a bold step to ensure that he and his new love will not be separated

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Tears of a Tiger - Sharon M. Draper
Call Number: YA FIC DRAPE SHA
ISBN: 9781442489134
Publication Date: 2013-07-23
The death of high school basketball star Rob Washington in an automobile accident affects the lives of his close friend Andy, who was driving the car, and many others in the school

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Malcolm X.; Alex Haley (As told to); M. S. Handler (Introduction by)
ISBN: 0345350685
Publication Date: 1987-10-12
Overdrive ebook available at Davenport Public Library
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The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
Call Number: YA FIC THOMA ANG
ISBN: 9780062498533
Publication Date: 2017-02-28
After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

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The Skin I'm In - Sharon G. Flake
Call Number: YA FICTION FLAKE, SHARON
ISBN: 0786804440
Publication Date: 1999-02-24
Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and makes some discoveries about how to love who she is and what she looks like.

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 - Christopher Paul Curtis
Call Number: J CURTI CHR
ISBN: 0385321759
Publication Date: 1995-09-01
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.

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Tyrell - Coe Booth
Call Number: YA FIC BOOTH COE
ISBN: 9780439838801
Publication Date: 2007-09-01
Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father.

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Graphic Novels

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The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury - Brandon Thomas; Lee Ferguson (Illustrator)
Call Number: YA GRAPHIC THOMA BRA V. 1
ISBN: 9781936393053
Publication Date: 2011-08-23

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Yummy - G. Neri; Randy DuBurke
Call Number: YA GRAPHIC NER
ISBN: 9781584302674
Publication Date: 2010-08-01

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Runaways - Brian K. Vaughan (Text by); Adrian Alphona (Illustrator); Takeshi Miyazawa (Illustrator)
Call Number: YA GRAPHIC RUNAWAYS V. 1
ISBN: 0785118764
Publication Date: 2006-08-09

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Malcolm X - Andrew Helfer (Editor); Randy DuBurke (Illustrator)
Call Number: YA GRAPHIC HEL
ISBN: 9780809095049
Publication Date: 2006-11-14

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