Multcolib Teen Picks: Urban Lit, Urban Life

Annotation:In Dos Rios, Texas, life is all about borders — and what happens when you cross the line.

Something Like Hope
Something Like Hope By Goodman, Shawn Book - 2011 y GOODMAN 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Shavonne, a fierce, desperate seventeen year-old in juvenile lockup, wants to turn her life around before her eighteenth birthday, but corrupt guards, out-of-control girls, and shadows from her past make her task seem impossible.

In Darkness
In Darkness By Lake, Nick Book - 2012 y LAKE 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, fifteen-year-old Shorty, a poor gang member from the slums of Site Soleil, is trapped in the rubble of a ruined hospital, and as he grows weaker he has visions and memories of his life of violence, his lost twin sister, and of Toussaint L'Ouverture, who liberated Haiti from French rule in 1804.

Black Boy/white School
Black Boy/white School By Walker, Brian F. Book - 2012 y WALKER 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:When fourteen-year-old Anthony "Ant" Jones from the ghetto of East Cleveland, Ohio, gets a scholarship to a prep school in Maine, he finds that he must change his image and adapt to a world that never fully accepts him, but when he goes home he discovers that he no longer truly belongs there either.

The Knife and the Butterfly
The Knife and the Butterfly By Pérez, Ashley Hope Book - 2012 y PEREZ 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:After a brawl with a rival gang, sixteen-year-old Azael, a member of Houston's MS-13 gang and the son of illegal Salvadoran immigrants, wakes up in an unusual juvenile detention center where he is forced to observe another inmate through a one-way mirror.

Yummy The Last Days of A Southside Shorty By Neri, Greg Book - 2010 ygn 305.896 NERI 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:"A graphic novel based on the true story of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer, an eleven-year old African American gang member from Chicago who shot a young girl and was then shot by his own gang members"--Provided by publisher.

DJ Rising
DJ Rising By Maia, Love Book - 2012 y MAIA 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Sixteen-year-old Marley Diego-Dylan's career as "DJ Ice" is skyrocketing, but his mother's heroin addiction keeps dragging him back to earth.

On the Come up
On the Come up By Hunter, Travis Book - 2011 y HUNTER 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Growing up in the heart of the Atlanta ghetto, siblings DeMarco and Jasmine Winslow have developed a talent for survival. By the time DeMarco was fifteen, being locked up was better than being at home. So whenever he got hungry or cold or just plain tired of living in the ghetto, he'd steal something and make sure he got caught. Jasmine, DeMarco's twin sister, hasn't had the luxury of vacationing in juvie. She's had to balance being an honor roll student with fighting off advances from her mother's boyfriend. After her mom sides with her boyfriend, Jasmine's out on the streets and running with the DIVAs, a rough group of girls.

Playground By 50 Cent Book - 2011 y 50CENT 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:After beating up Maurice on the playground, Butterball is forced to see the school therapist. Also available on eBook.

Kendra By Booth, Coe Book - 2010 y BOOTH 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Kendra's mom, Renee, had her when she was only 14 years old. Renee and her mom made a deal - Renee could get an education, and Kendra would live with her grandmother. But now Renee's out of grad school and Kendra's in high school... and getting into some trouble herself.

If I Were your Boyfriend
If I Were your Boyfriend By Sewell, Earl Book - 2008 y SEWELL All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:(A Kimani Tru novel.) How had Keysha gone from popular to social outcast? One word: frenemy. A girl Keysha thought was her friend planted drugs on her - and Keysha got caught.

Annotation:"Drama class ain't got nothin' on Drama High." Jayd just wants to start her Junior year of high school drama free. But wanting ain't getting, especially at a place like Drama High, a predominately white high school in a wealthy part of Los Angeles, where Jayd and 30 other Compton kids get bussed to daily.

Annotation:Drama's happening at Bluford High. Find out exactly what in Blood is Thicker, Brothers in Arms, The Bully, Secrets in the Shadows, Someone to Love Me, and more.

Autobiography of My Dead Brother
Autobiography of My Dead Brother By Myers, Walter Dean Book - 2006 y MYERS 2006 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 2 copies

Annotation:"The thing was that me and Rise were blood brothers, but sometimes I really didn't know him..." And so Jesse fills his sketchbook with drawings and portraits of his blood brother Rise, and his comic strip, "Spodi Roti and Wise," as he makes sense of friendship, loyalty, and loss in a neighborhood where drive-bys, vicious gangs, and abusive cops are everyday realities.

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