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Race in America (Fiction)

Cover of The Absolutely True Diary
by Sherman Alexie ; Ellen Forney (Illustrator)

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Cover of All American Boys
by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Masterfully told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints.

Cover of American Born Chinese
by Gene Luen Yang, colored by Lark Pien

This graphic novel alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture. It won the 2007 Printz Award, given anually to the "best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit."

Cover of American Street
Ibi Zoboi

When Fabiola's mother is detained upon their arrival to the United States, Fabiola must navigate her loud American cousins, the grittiness of Detroit's west side, a new school, and a surprising romance all on her own.

Cover of Dear Martin
Nic Stone

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League--but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Cover of Gabi, A Girl in Pieces
by Isabel Quintero

Sixteen-year-old Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school as she copes with her friend Cindy's pregnancy, friend Sebastian's coming out, her father's meth habit, her own cravings for food and cute boys, and especially, the poetry that helps forge her identity.


Cover of The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas

After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

Cover of How It Went Down
by Kekla Magoon

When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white. In the aftermath, everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree.

Cover of You Bring the Distant Near
Mitali Perkins

An award-winning Indian-American author illuminates the immigrant experience for one family with humor and heart. Told in alternating teen voices across three generations, this novel explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of cultureNfor better or worse.