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African American History: For Teens: African American Historical Fiction
Historical fiction for teens focusing on the African American experience.
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Title: Chains: Seeds of America
Author: Anderson, Laurie Halse
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781416905851
Notes: After being sold to a cruel loyalist couple in New York City, 13-year-old Isabel spies for the colonist rebels during the Revolutionary War.

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Title: Mare's War
Author: Davis, Tanita
ISBN: 9780375957147
Call Number: Teen Fiction
Notes: On a summer car trip, Octavia and Tali learn about strength and courage as their grandmother describes serving in the Women's Army Corps during World War II.

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Title: The Skin I'm In
Author: Flake, Sharon G.
ISBN: 9781423103851
Call Number: j
Notes: Maleeka suffers every day from the taunts of her classmates, who often tell her that she is too black. The book tells the story of a young girl in junior high school who deals with the problem of trying to get people to respect her and like her, but she doesn't even like or respect herself.

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Title: A Lesson Before Dying
Author: Gaines, Ernest
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0679741666
Call Number: Fiction
Notes: Set in the 1940s, a young black man who had not been armed and had not pulled the trigger is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. A man who returns to his hometown to teach is asked to advise this young man to die like a man.

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Title: A Raisin in the Sun
Author: Hansberry, Lorraine
ISBN: 0679755330
Call Number: 812 H198r8
Notes: This play tells the story of a lower-class black family's struggle to gain middle-class acceptance. Mama, the sixty-year-old mother of the family, is waiting for a $10,000 insurance check from the death of her husband, and the drama focuses on how this money should be spent.

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Title: New Boy
Author: Houston, Julian
ISBN: 9780618884056
Call Number: Teen Fiction
Notes: 15-year-old Rob Garrett faces unique challenges as the first black student at an exclusive boarding school in the 1950s.

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Title: After Tupac & D Foster
Author: Woodson, Jacqueline
ISBN: 9780399246548
Call Number: Teen Fiction
Notes: D Foster has been given permission to roam by her foster mom. She shows up on a block in Queens at the end of the summer. When she first meets her two new friends, rapper Tupac Shakur hasn’t been shot yet and to all three of them, he’s an icon. The three form a close bond, in part because of their love for the music of Tupac Shakur. When D's mom swoops in to reclaim her, and Tupac dies, the friends are left with a sense of how quickly things can change and how even all-too-brief connections can touch deeply.