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Historical Fiction

Cover of Dreamland Burning
Jennifer Latham
9780316384933
2017

When Rowan finds a skeleton on her family's property, investigating the brutal, century-old murder leads to painful discoveries about the past. Alternating chapters tell the story of William, another teen grappling with the racial firestorm leading up to the 1921 Tulsa race riot, providing some clues to the mystery.

Cover of Loving vs. Virginia: A Doc
Patricia Hruby Powell and Shandra Strickland
1452125902
2017

Written in blank verse, the story of Mildred Loving, an African American girl, and Richard Loving, a Caucasian boy, who challenge the Virginia law forbidding interracial marriages in the 1950s.

Cover of Mare's War
by Tanita S. Davis
0375850775
2009

 

Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women's Army Corps.

 

Cover of Midnight Without a Moon
Linda Williams Jackson
9780544785106
2017

Rose Lee Carter, a thirteen-year-old African-American girl, dreams of life beyond the Mississippi cotton fields during the summer of 1955, but when Emmett Till is murdered and his killers are unjustly acquitted, Rose is torn between seeking her destiny outside of Mississippi or staying and being a part of an important movement.

Cover of Out of Darkness
by Ashley Hope Perez
9781467742023
2015

Loosely based on a school explosion that took place in New London, Texas in 1937, this is the story of two teenagers: Naomi, who is Mexican, and Wash, who is black, and their dealings with race, segregation, love, and the forces that destroy people.

 

Cover of Under a Painted Sky
by Stacey Lee
9780399168031
2015

In 1845, Sammy, a Chinese American girl, and Annamae, an African American slave girl, disguise themselves as boys and travel on the Oregon Trail to California from Missouri.

Cover of X: A Novel
by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
9780763669676
2015

Co-written by Malcolm X's daughter, this riveting and revealing novel follows the formative years of the man whose words and actions shook the world.