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Chapter Books

Cover of As Brave As You
by Jason Reynolds
9781481415903
2016

When Genie and his older brother spend their summer in the country with their grandparents, he learns a secret about his grandfather and what it means to be brave.

Cover of The Best At It
by Maulik Pancholy
9780062866417
2019

This is a story about friendship, family, and the courage it takes to live your truth. It’s a hilarious and heartfelt middle grade debut about a gay Indian American boy coming into his own.

Cover of Black Brother, Black Broth
by Jewell Parker Rhodes
0316493805
2020

Suspended unjustly from elite Middlefield Prep, Donte Ellison studies fencing with a former champion, hoping to put the racist fencing team captain in his place.

 

Cover of The Buried Bones Mystery
by Sharon M. Draper
9781442427105
2006

After the neighborhood basketball court is vandalized, Ziggy and his friends decide to form a club called the Black Dinosaurs and build their clubhouse in Ziggy's backyard. The first in a fun series of mysteries especially for early chapter book readers.

Cover of Caterpillar Summer
by Gillian McDunn
9781681197432
2019

Since her father's death, Cat has taken care of her brother for their hardworking mother. While spending time with grandparents they never knew, Cat can be a kid again, and the journey she takes shows that even the most broken relationships can be healed if people take the time to walk in one another's shoes.

Cover of Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future
by Susan Tan
9781626725515
2017

Chinese American Cilla Lee-Jenkins is an aspiring writer with lots of stories to share. In the Cilla Lee-Jenkins series, author Susan Tan seamlessly weaves experiences growing up biracial with universal stories about making friends, getting along with family, and overcoming fears.

Cover of Clean Getaway
by Nic Stone
9781984892973
2020

An eleven-year-old boyis about to discover that the world hasn’t always been a welcoming place for kids like him, and things aren’t always what they seem–his G’ma included.

Cover of Count Me In
by Varsha Bajaj
9780525517245
2019

Told from two viewpoints, sixth-graders Karina and Chris use social media to stand up to racism in Houston, Texas, after an attack puts Karina's Indian American grandfather in the hospital.

Cover of The Dreamer
by Pam Munoz Ryan
9780439269704
2010

This moving story about the birth of an artist is also a celebration of childhood, imagination, and the strength of the creative spirit. Ryan weaves sound poems and thought-provoking questions into her exquisitely crafted prose while Sis's delicate drawings transport readers to the lushness of the Chilean rainforest.

Cover of Genesis Begins Again
by Alicia D. Williams
9781481465809
2019

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 in this deeply sensitive and powerful debut novel.

Cover of A Good Kind of Trouble
by Lisa Moore Ramee
9780062836687
2019

A debut author offers up a funny and big-hearted middle-grade novel about friendship, family, and standing up for what's right. After attending a powerful protest, Shayla starts wearing an armband to school to support the Black Lives Matter movement, but when the school gives her an ultimatum, she is forced to choose between her education and her identity.

Cover of In the Footsteps of Crazy
by Joseph Marshall III, illustrated by Jim Yellowhawk
9781419707858
2015

Teased for his fair coloring, eleven-year-old Jimmy McClean travels with his maternal grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, to learn about his Lakota heritage while visiting places significant in the life of Crazy Horse, the nineteenth-century Lakota leader and warrior, in a tale that weaves the past with the present. Winner of the 2016 American Indian Library Association Award in the middle school category.

Cover of The Parker Inheritance
by Varian Johnson
9780545946179
2018

Part historical fiction, part critical problem-solving exercise, part suspenseful mystery, this story weaves through the past and present of one town's struggle with hatred and racism.

Cover of Stargazing
by Jen Wang
9781250183873
2019

Growing up in the same Chinese-American suburb, perfectionist Christine and artistic, confident, impulsive Moon become unlikely best friends, whose friendship is tested by jealousy, social expectations, and illness.

Cover of The Stars Beneath My Feet
by David Barclay Moore
9781524701246
2017

David Barclay Moore paints a powerful portrait of a boy teetering on the edge—of adolescence, of grief, of violence—and shows how Lolly’s inventive spirit helps him build a life with firm foundations and open doors.

Cover of They Call Me Guero: a Bord
by David Bowles
9781947627062
2018

This collection of narrative poetry explores a year in the life of a Mexican-American boy: caring, talented, and irrepressibly mischievous.