Multcolib Kids Picks: African American Experience--Chapter Books

The Crossover
The Crossover By Alexander, Kwame Book - 2014 j ALEXANDER 2014 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 22 on 21 copies

Annotation:2015 Newbery Medal winner. Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court.

Gone Crazy In Alabama
Gone Crazy In Alabama By Williams-Garcia, Rita Book - 20150421 ON ORDER On order Availability details

Annotation:Readers get to spend one last adventure-filled summer with the Gaither sisters as they travel from Brooklyn to Alabama. This is the final volume in the trilogy that began with One Crazy Summer (2010), and continued with P.S. Be Eleven (2013).

Stella by Starlight
Stella by Starlight By Draper, Sharon M. Book - 2015 j DRAPER 2015 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 22 copies

Annotation:In 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina fifth-grader Stella must find courage and strength to demand change in her segregated town when a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in the Black community.

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond
The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond By Woods, Brenda Book j WOODS 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation: 11-year old Violet is biracial. Her father, who was black, died in a car accident before she was born, and she has grown up with her white mother in a predominately white neighborhood. She is struggling with her biracial identity when a dream prompts her to finally connect with her black family.

The Other Side of Free
The Other Side of Free By Russell, Krista Book - 2013 j RUSSELL 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Jem has escaped his master and fled to Fort Mose where the Spanish promise freedom for fugitive slaves in exchange for their service against the British. This book suspenseful and includes little known history about 18th century Florida.

Nightingale's Nest
Nightingale's Nest By Loftin, Nikki Book - 2014 j LOFTIN 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 11 copies

Annotation:Inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen story, Nightingale's Nest is an unforgettable novel about Little John, a boy with the weight of the world on his shoulders, and his new friend Gayle, a girl with the gift of healing in her voice.

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere By Lamana, Julie T. Book - 2014 j LAMANA 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation:Ten-year-old Armani's much anticipated birthday party is suddenly the last thing on anyone's mind as Hurricane Katrina comes raging into New Orleans, bringing tragedy and destruction.

The Perfect Place
The Perfect Place By Harris, Teresa E. Book - 2014 j HARRIS 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation:Treasure anticipates the most miserable weeks of her life as she and her sister are left in the care of great- aunt Grace, who lives in small town Virginia. But things have a way of turning out as we least expect, and Treasure learns a lot about herself, home, and first impressions along the way.

Winter Sky
Winter Sky By Giff, Patricia Reilly Book - 2014 j GIFF 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation:Siria's father is a firefighter and at night she follows the trucks to bring the crew luck. Siria suspects someone in the neighborhood is setting fires, and decides to solve the mystery.

Kinda Like Brothers
Kinda Like Brothers By Booth, Coe Book - 2014 j BOOTH 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation:Not only is 11-year old Jarrett almost failing summer school, now his mom has opened their house to foster kids Kevon, 12, and his two-year-old sister, Treasure. Will the two boys be able to get along, or are they destined to be enemies?

The Zero Degree Zombie Zone
The Zero Degree Zombie Zone By Bass, Patrik Henry Book - 2014 j BASS 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation:Bullies, hall monitor races, and now zombies?! Can Bakari's day get any worse?

Hold Fast
Hold Fast By Balliett, Blue Book - 2013 j BALLIETT 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 18 copies

Annotation: When 11-year old Early's father disappears after taking a second job, the family's apartment is violently ransacked, and they are forced to move to a homeless shelter. Early is determined to uncover what happened to her father, and is convinced one special book holds the key.

The Great Greene Heist
The Great Greene Heist By Johnson, Varian Book - 2014 j JOHNSON 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation:After his last heist went bad Jackson Greene swore off breaking the rules. But when his old nemesis plans to steal the school election and cut the budget for every afterschool activity except the Gamer Club, Jackson decides to get back in the game, and use his con-man skills yet again.

The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863
The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 By Tarshis, Lauren Book - 2013 j TARSHIS 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Part of the "I Survived" series. Escaped slaves Thomas and his little sister, Birdie, are following the North Star, looking for freedom. They soon cross paths with a Union soldier, join the regiment, and have to survive the Battle of Gettysburg!

Words With Wings
Words With Wings By Grimes, Nikki Book - 2013 j GRIMES 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:This novel, written in verse, tells the story of Gabby, whose constant daydreaming gets her into trouble. But when a good teacher encourages her, and a true friend is found, Gaby gets the support and encouragement she needed all along.

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A selection of fiction books for 3rd grade readers and up, with an African American focus. List only includes books published in the last three years. (3/15)

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