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The Hate U Give
Michael Barakiva

Starr Carter must contend with racism at her elite prep school, a strained relationship with her white boyfriend, and the trauma of witnessing a police officer shoot and kill her childhood best friend.

Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education
Mychal Denzel Smith

This book follows Smith on his personal and political journey to understand how to live as a young black man in America. He examines topics such as black masculinity, depression, feminism, police brutality, and LGBTQ issues.

Lies We Tell Ourselves
Robin Talley

In 1955 Virginia, Linda Harrington and Sarah Dunbar are on opposite sides of the civil rights movement. When the two girls are forced to work together on a school assignment, they must confront harsh truths about race and power.

All American Boys
Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Quinn witnesses something no one else does: his best friend’s brother, a police officer, beating up Quinn’s classmate Rashad even though Rashad did not do anything wrong. As the story spreads beyond their town, Quinn and Rashad must both decide what they are going to do next. 

After Tupac and D Foster
Jacqueline Woodson

Neeka and her best friend bond with the new girl, D Foster, over their shared love of rapper Tupac Shakur. But when D’s mom comes to take her away and Tupac dies, their friendship threatens to unravel.

How It Went Down
Kekla Magoon

Tariq Johnson is sixteen years old when he is shot and killed by Jack Franklin, a white man. Told in alternating perspectives, this novel explores the aftermath of Tariq’s death and his loved ones’ struggle to determine what happened.

Sherri L. Smith

Ida Mae Jones has always dreamed of being a pilot like her father, but as a black woman in 1940s, her chances are slim. When the United States joins World War II and begins enlisting female pilots, Ida Mae sees a chance to fulfill her dream.

The Skin I’m In
Sharon G. Flake

Maleeka is tormented by her classmates because of her dark skin.

Piecing Me Together
Renee Watson

Jade feels like an outsider at her elite, mostly-white private school. She is reluctant to join the Woman to Woman mentorship program for “at-risk” girls, which matches her with another black woman who graduated from the same school. But maybe the opportunity is more valuable than Jade realizes.

Walter Dean Meyers

Sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon is on trial for murder. An amateur filmmaker, he writes his trial down scene by scene, a script which makes up the text of this classic novel.

Everything, Everything
Nicola Yoon

Madeline is deathly allergic to the world outside of her house, which means that every day she sees only her mother and her nurse. When a cute and mysterious boy moves in next door, she is tempted to go outside.

Mare’s War
Tanita S. Davis

Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength and courage from their grandmother during a long car trip, when she tells them about her experience as a black woman in 1940’s Alabama and her time in the Women’s Army Corps.