Searching for Sarah Rector, by Tonya Bolden

Searching for Sarah RectorSummary:  Recounts the story of the 1914 disappearance of eleven-year-old Sarah Rector, an African American who was part of the Creek Indian people and whose land had made her wealthy, and what it reveals about race, money, and American society.

Abrams

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Invasion! by Walter Dean Myers

InvasionSummary: Josiah Wedgewood and Marcus Perry were friends in Virginia, but now that they are both involved in the Normandy invasion, the differences in their positions is uncomfortable, for Josiah is a white infantryman and Marcus is a black transport driver, the only role the segregated army will allow him.

Scholastic

The Pirate’s Coin, by Marianne Malone

Pirates CoinSummary:  A magical coin leads sixth-graders Ruthie and Jack to 1753 Massachusetts and to Jack’s pirate ancestor when they return to the Art Institute of Chicago’s miniature Thorne Rooms on a mission to restore an African American family’s reputation.

Random House

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Etched in Clay, by Andrea Cheng

Etched in ClaySummary:  The life of Dave, an enslaved potter who inscribed his works with sayings and poems in spite of South Carolina’s slave anti-literacy laws in the years leading up to the Civil War.

Lee & Low Books

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Courage Has No Color, by Tanya Lee Stone

Courage has no ColorSummary: Examines the role of African-Americans in the military through the history of the Triple Nickles, America’s first black paratroopers, who fought against attacks perpetrated on the American West by the Japanese during World War II.

Candlewick

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Sugar, by Jewell Parker Rhodes

SugarSummary: In 1870, Reconstruction brings big changes to the Louisiana sugar plantation where spunky ten-year-old Sugar has always lived, including her friendship with Billy, the son of her former master, and the arrival of workmen from China.

Little, Brown & Co.

 

Halfway to Perfect, by Nikki Grimes

Summary:  Dyamonde loves eating her mom’s pancakes. Free loves eating . . . period. But lately Damaris just pushes her food around her plate, and Dyamonde suspects it has something to do with the mean things classmates have been saying about people’s weight. Damaris wonders if they might be talking about her too. Dyamonde knows that Damaris doesn’t have a weight problem and is perfect just the way she is–so now it’s time for her to make sure Damaris knows that, too.

Putnam

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No Crystal Stair : a Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaus, by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Summary:  Lewis Michaux was born to do things his own way. When a white banker told him to sell fried chicken, not books, because “Negroes don’t read,” Lewis took five books and one-hundred dollars and built a bookstore. It soon became the intellectual center of Harlem, a refuge for everyone from Muhammad Ali to Malcolm X.

Carolrhoda

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True Legend, by Mike Lupica

Summary:  There’s a reason teammates call him “True.” Because for basketball phenom Drew Robinson, there is nothing more true than his talent on the court. It’s the kind that comes along once in a generation and is loaded with perks–and with problems. Before long, True buys in to his own hype, and suddenly trouble has a way of finding him. That is, until a washed-up former playground legend steps back onto the court and takes True under his wing. In this age of street agents promising riches to kids barely out of elementary school and college programs being taken down because of recruiting violations, True Legend is a resonant and inspiring novel in the Lupica tradition.

Philomel

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Crow, by Barbara White

Summary:  In 1898, Moses Thomas’s summer vacation does not go exactly as planned as he contends with family problems and the ever-changing alliances among his friends at the same time as he is exposed to the escalating tension between the African-American and white communities of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Random House

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Heart and Soul: the Story of America and African Americans, by Kadir Nelson

Summary:  An simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.

Balzer + Bray

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Walking Home to Rosie Lee, by A. LaFaye

Summary:  At the end of the Civil War, young Gabe meets many other former slaves getting a feel for freedom whose kindness helps him in his quest to find his mother, who was sold away.

Cinco Puntos Press

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