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Becoming Muhammad Ali by Patterson, James 

BTSB Prebound(Little, Brown, 2020)

BTSB #: 050111 Available

Dewey: FAges: 8-12   
AR: 5.4 MG RC: 8.6 6-8 Lexile: 1010

Genres: Historical Fiction Sports Family Life

Subjects: Ali, Muhammad,|d1942-2016 - Childhood and youth - Fiction Family life - Fiction Boxing - Fiction African Americans - Fiction Segregation - Fiction Louisville (Ky.) - Fiction

Summary: A fictionalized biography of Muhammad Ali when he was a child.

Before the ever after by Woodson, Jacqueline 

BTSB Prebound(Nancy Paulsen, 2020)

BTSB #: 964696 In Bindery

Dewey: FAges: 10-14   
AR: 4.5 MG Lexile: 780

Genres: Sports Family Life

Subjects: Novels in verse Brain - Diseases - Fiction Best friends - Fiction Friendship - Fiction Father-son relationship - Fiction Memory - Fiction Football - Fiction African Americans - Fiction

Summary: ZJ's friends Ollie, Darry and Daniel help him cope when his father, a beloved professional football player, suffers severe headaches and memory loss that spell the end of his career.

Blended by Draper, Sharon M. 

BTSB Prebound(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2018)

BTSB #: 290490 Available

Dewey: FAges: 8-12   
AR: 4 MG RC: 3.4 3-5 Lexile: 610 F&P: Y

Genres: Multicultural Family Life

Subjects: Racially mixed people - Fiction Race relations - Fiction Divorce - Fiction Family life - Ohio - Fiction Ohio - Fiction

Summary: Piano-prodigy Isabella, eleven, whose black father and white mother struggle to share custody, never feels whole, especially as racial tensions affect her school, her parents both become engaged, and she and her stepbrother are stopped by police.

22.08 *

Crossover by Alexander, Kwame 

BTSB Prebound(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019)

BTSB #: 050280 Available

Dewey: 741.5/NAges: 9-12   
AR: 4 MG Lexile: 670 GN

Subjects: Graphic novels Novels in verse Basketball - Fiction Twins - Fiction Brothers - Fiction Father-son relationship - Fiction African Americans - Fiction

Summary: Twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health. In graphic novel format.

18.58 *

Finding Langston by Cline-Ransome, Lesa 

BTSB Prebound(Holiday House, 2018)

BTSB #: 222881 Available

Dewey: FAges: 8-11   
AR: 4.5 MG RC: 4.6 3-5 Lexile: 760

Genres: Multicultural Family Life

Subjects: Books and reading - Fiction Poetry - Fiction Moving - Fiction Bullies - Fiction African Americans - Fiction Single-parent families - Fiction Chicago (Ill.) - History|y20th century - Fiction

Summary: Discovering a book of Langston Hughes' poetry in the library helps Langston cope with the loss of his mother, relocating from Alabama to Chicago as part of the Great Migration, and being bullied.

For black girls like me by Lockington, Mariama 

BTSB Prebound(Farrar Straus Giroux, 2019)

BTSB #: 582170 Available

Dewey: FAges: 8-12   
AR: 3.5 MG RC: 3.7 6-8 Lexile: 500 HL

Genres: Multicultural Family Life

Subjects: Identity (Psychology) - Fiction African Americans - Fiction Interracial adoption - Fiction Family problems - Fiction Home schooling - Fiction Moving - Fiction

Summary: Eleven-year-old Makeda dreams of meeting her African American mother, while coping with serious problems in her white adopted family, a cross-country move, and being homeschooled.

21.38 *

Genesis begins again by Williams, Alicia 

BTSB Prebound(Atheneum, 2019)

BTSB #: 949807 In Bindery

Dewey: FAges: 9-13   
AR: 4.5 MG RC: 4.2 6-8 Lexile: 670 F&P: Y

Genres: Multicultural

Subjects: Human skin color - Fiction Self-esteem - Fiction Family problems - Fiction African Americans - Fiction Prejudices - Fiction Moving - Fiction

Summary: Thirteen-year-old Genesis tries again and again to lighten her black skin, thinking it is the root of her family's troubles, before discovering reasons to love herself as is.

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Ghost boys by Rhodes, Jewell Parker 

BTSB Prebound(Little, Brown, 2018)

BTSB #: 749481 Available

Dewey: FAges: 10-14   
AR: 3 MG RC: 3.2 6-8 Lexile: 360 HL F&P: Z

Genres: Multicultural Family Life

Subjects: Till, Emmett,|d1941-1955 - Fiction Police shootings - Fiction Racism - Fiction Death - Fiction African Americans - Fiction Family life - Illinois - Chicago - Fiction Chicago (Ill.) - Fiction

Summary: After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till.

Gone crazy in Alabama [Gaither sisters]by Williams-Garcia, Rita 

BTSB Prebound(Amistad, 2015)

BTSB #: 952714 Available

Dewey: FAges: 9-12   
AR: 4.5 MG RC: 4.5 3-5 Lexile: 740

Genres: Family Life

Subjects: Sisters - Fiction Family life - Fiction Summer - Fiction Alabama - Fiction

Summary: The Gaither sisters are about to learn what it's like to be fish out of water as they travel from the streets of Brooklyn to the rural South for the summer of a lifetime.

21.38 *

Harlem charade by Tarpley, Natasha 

BTSB Prebound(Scholastic Press, 2017)

BTSB #: 872516 Available

Dewey: FAges: 8-12   
AR: 5.4 MG RC: 5.3 3-5 Lexile: 800 F&P: V

Genres: Mystery Fiction

Subjects: Studio Museum in Harlem - Fiction Mystery fiction African Americans - Fiction Community life - New York (State) - Harlem - Fiction Political participation - Fiction Harlem (New York, N.Y.) - Fiction New York (N.Y.) - Fiction

Summary: Seventh-graders Jin, Alexandra, and Elvin come from very different backgrounds and circumstances, but they all live in Harlem, and when Elvin's grandfather is attacked they band together to find out who is responsible--and the search leads them to an enigmatic artist whose missing masterpieces are worth a fortune, and into conflict with an ambitious politician who wants to turn Harlem into an historic amusement park.

21.38 *

Hate u give by Thomas, Angie 

BTSB Prebound(HarperCollins, 2017)

BTSB #: 879491 Available

Dewey: FAges: 14-18   
AR: 3.9 UG RC: 5.3 9-12 Lexile: 590 HL

Genres: Multicultural

Subjects: Racism - Fiction Race relations - Fiction African Americans - Fiction Police shootings - Fiction Witnesses - Fiction

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. These worlds are shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Last last-day-of-summer [Legendary Alston boys adventure Volume: 1]by Giles, Lamar 

BTSB Prebound(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019)

BTSB #: 379218 In Bindery

Dewey: FAges: 10-12   
AR: 5.2 MG RC: 4.5 3-5 Lexile: 740 F&P: V

Genres: Adventure Fiction Supernatural Science Fiction

Subjects: Adventure fiction Time - Fiction Supernatural - Fiction Cousins - Fiction African Americans - Fiction Science fiction

Summary: When adventurous cousins Otto and Sheed Alston accidentally extend the last day of summer by freezing time, they find the secrets between the unmoving seconds are not as much fun as they expected.

21.38 *

New kid by Craft, Jerry 

BTSB Prebound(Harper, 2019)

BTSB #: 247077 Available

Dewey: 741.5/NAges: 8-12   
AR: 2.9 MG RC: 3.1 3-5 Lexile: 320 GN

Subjects: African Americans - Fiction Humorous fiction Private schools - Fiction School stories Graphic novels

Summary: Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds--and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself? In graphic novel format.

One crazy summer [Gaither sisters]by Williams-Garcia, Rita 

BTSB Prebound(HarperCollins/Amistad, 2010)

BTSB #: 952892 Available

Dewey: FAges: 9-12   
AR: 4.6 MG RC: 4.6 3-5 Lexile: 750 F&P: W

Genres: Historical Fiction Multicultural

Subjects: Black Panther Party - Fiction Mothers - Fiction African Americans - Fiction California - History - Fiction

Summary: In the summer of 1968, after traveling to Oakland, California, to spend a month with their estranged mother, Delphine and her two younger sisters get a cold welcome as their mother makes them attend a Black Panther summer camp.

Parker inheritance by Johnson, Varian 

BTSB Prebound(Scholastic, 2018)

BTSB #: 495808 Available

Dewey: FAges: 8-12   
AR: 4.2 MG RC: 4.4 6-8 Lexile: 610 F&P: Y

Genres: Mystery Fiction Historical Fiction

Subjects: Mystery fiction African Americans - Fiction Buried treasure - Fiction Grandmothers - Fiction Mother-daughter relationship - Fiction Friendship - Fiction South Carolina - Fiction

Summary: Twelve-year-old Candice Miller is spending the summer in Lambert, South Carolina, in the old house that belonged to her grandmother, who died after being dismissed as city manager for having the city tennis courts dug up looking for buried treasure--but when she finds the letter that sent her grandmother on the treasure hunt, she finds herself caught up in the mystery and, with the help of her new friend and fellow book-worm, Brandon, she sets out to find the inheritance, exonerate her grandmother, and expose an injustice once committed against an African American family in Lambert.

21.38 *

Rebound by Alexander, Kwame 

BTSB Prebound(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018)

BTSB #: 050639 Available

Dewey: FAges: 10-12   
AR: 4.3 MG RC: 4.7 6-8 Lexile: 780 F&P: Y

Genres: Sports Family Life Multicultural

Subjects: Novels in verse Basketball - Fiction Families - Fiction African Americans - Fiction Washington (D.C.) - History|y20th century - Fiction

Summary: In the summer of 1988, twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is sent to stay with his grandparents, where he discovers jazz and basketball and learns more about his family's past.

21.38 *

Season of Styx Malone by Magoon, Kekla 

BTSB Prebound(Wendy Lamb Books, 2018)

BTSB #: 596675 In Bindery

Dewey: FAges: 8-12   
AR: 3.8 MG RC: 2.8 3-5 Lexile: 510 F&P: W

Genres: Adventure Fiction Multicultural Family Life

Subjects: Adventure fiction Family life - Indiana - Fiction Foster children - Fiction African Americans - Fiction Indiana - Fiction

Summary: Caleb Franklin and his younger brother, Bobby Gene, spend an extraordinary summer with their new, older neighbor, Styx Malone, a foster boy from the city.

Seventh most important thing by Pearsall, Shelley 

BTSB Prebound(Knopf, 2015)

BTSB #: 706366 Available

Dewey: FAges: 10-14   
AR: 5.1 MG RC: 4.6 6-8 Lexile: 760 F&P: Y

Genres: General Fiction

Subjects: Hampton, James,|d1909-1964 - Fiction Artists - Fiction Folk art - Fiction African Americans - Fiction Community service (Punishment) - Fiction

Summary: In 1963, thirteen-year-old Arthur is sentenced to community service helping the neighborhood Junk Man after he throws a brick at the old man's head in a moment of rage, but the junk he collects might be more important than he suspects. Inspired by the work of American folk artist James Hampton.

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Some places more than others by Watson, Renee 

BTSB Prebound(Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2019)

BTSB #: 922618 Available

Dewey: FAges: 8-12   
AR: 4.6 MG RC: 4.6 3-5 Lexile: 750

Genres: Multicultural Family Life

Subjects: Family life - New York (State) - Harlem - Fiction African Americans - New York (State) - New York - Fiction Harlem (New York, N.Y.) - Fiction New York (N.Y.) - Fiction

Summary: Amara visits her father's family in Harlem for her twelfth birthday, hoping to better understand her family and herself, but New York City is not what she expected.

21.38 *

Stars beneath our feet by Moore, David Barclay 

BTSB Prebound(Knopf, 2017)

BTSB #: 656232 Available

Dewey: FAges: 10-14   
AR: 4.4 MG RC: 3.7 6-8 Lexile: 650 F&P: Z+

Genres: Multicultural Family Life

Subjects: Gangs - Fiction Death - Fiction Grief - Fiction African Americans - Fiction Harlem (New York, N.Y.) - Fiction

Summary: A boy tries to steer a safe path through the projects in Harlem in the wake of his brother's death.

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