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War Dances - Sherman Alexie
Call Number: Fic Alexie
Contains short stories and poems from Native-American writer Sherman Alexie, including selections entitled "The Limited," "The Senator's Son," "Ode to Mixed Tapes," "Salt," and others.

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven - Sherman Alexie
Call Number: Fic Alexie
Contains a collection of twenty-four linked short stories that chronicle the daily life on a Native American Indian Reservation in Spokane, Washington.

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Flight - Sherman Alexie
Call Number: Fic Alexie
Follows the life of a troubled teen as he is transported back and forth in time in a search for his true identity.

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Return to Sender - Julia Alvarez
Call Number: Fic Alvarez
After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes that real friendship knows no borders.

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Am I Blue? - Marion Dane Bauer (Editor)
Call Number: Fic Am I Blue?
A collection of short stories about young adults exploring aspects of growing up gay or lesbian, or with gay or lesbian friends. Authors as Bruce Coville, M.E. Kerr, William Sleator, and Jane Yolen.

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Tyrell - Coe Booth
Call Number: Fic Booth
Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father.

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The Tortilla Curtain - T. C. Boyle
Call Number: Fic Boyle
Tells the explosive story of yuppies, Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher, a stay-at-home dad in a gated community and his real-estate whiz wife, and their clash with Cándido and América Rincón, illegal aliens who have crossed into California from Mexico and are living in a camp awaiting the birth of their baby.

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Ask Me No Questions - Marina Budhos
Call Number: Fic Budhos
Fourteen-year-old Nadira, her sister, and their parents leave Bangladesh for New York City, but the expiration of their visas and the events of September 11, 2001, bring frustration, sorrow, and terror for the whole family.

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A Thousand Never Evers - Shana Burg
Call Number: Fic Burg
As the civil rights movement in the South gains momentum in 1963 and violence against African-Americans intensifies, residents of the small town of Kuckachoo, Mississippi, including seventh-grader Addie Ann Pickett, begin their own courageous struggle for racial justice.

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Parched - Georgia Clark; Allen Garns (Illustrator)
Call Number: Fic Clark
In a world of limited natural resources and diminishing food supply and feeling guilty after her mother's accidental death, sixteen-year-old Tessendra Rockwood leaves her comfortable life in Eden to fight for survival and equality in the drought-devastated Badlands. But when she joins the rebel group, Kudzu, to fight the tyranny of Eden's government, she is in for some big surprises.

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The House Girl - Tara Conklin
Call Number: Fic Conklin
Lina Sparrow, an ambitious lawyer is working on a class-action lawsuit seeking reparations for the descendants of American slaves. She learns that the art of revered painter Lu Anne Bell is suspected to be that of her house slave, Josephine, and seeks a descendant of Josephine to join the lawsuit.

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After the Snow - S. D. Crockett
Call Number: Fic Crockett
Fifteen-year-old Willo Blake, born after the 2059 snows created a new ice age, searches for his family, who mysteriously disappeared from their frozen mountain home, and encounters outlaws, halfmen, and an abandoned girl along the way.

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Beautiful Music for Ugly Children - Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Call Number: Fic Cronn-Mills
Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl's body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents--all while trying to come out as transgendered. Then an audition for a station in Minneapolis looks like his ticket to a better life in the big city.

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Breathe - Sarah Crossan
Call Number: Fic Crossan
"In a barren land, a shimmering glass dome houses the survivors of the Switch, the period when oxygen levels plunged and the green world withered. A state lottery meant a lucky few won safety, while the rest suffocated in the thin air. And now Alina, Quinn, and Bea--an unlikely trio, each with their own agendas, their own longings and fears--walk straight into the heart of danger. With two days' worth of oxygen in their tanks, they leave the dome. What will happen on the third day?"--Provided by publisher

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Audacity - Melanie Crowder; Jeff Mack
Call Number: Fic Crowder
Clara Lemlich tells her story in verse as she struggles to support her Jewish Immigrant family by working in the appalling conditions of the garment factories of New York City

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Stella by Starlight - Sharon M. Draper; Sarah Jane Coleman (Cover Design by)
Call Number: Fic Draper
When a burning cross set by the Ku Klux Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.

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Copper Sun - Sharon M. Draper
Call Number: Fic Draper
Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.

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The Moon in Our Hands - Thomas Dyja
Call Number: Fic Dyja
A fictionalized account of the 1918 torture and murder of an African-American man in a small Tennessee town that explores how the murder impacted racial relations in both the town and the nation.

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One Thousand White Women - Jim Fergus
Call Number: Fic Fergus
In her journal, May Dodd records her experiences as a Cheyenne Indian bride, traded by the government in 1875 as part of a secret peace treaty with the Cheyenne nation

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Bang! - Sharon G. Flake
Call Number: Fic Flake
Thirteen-year-old Mann and his family are reeling from the tragic random shooting death of his little brother, Jason. Each copes with the emotional trauma in their own way. His mother has stopped eating. His father thinks Mann needs toughening up. Thinking he is doing the right thing, he takes his remaining son and one of his friends on a camping trip and abandons them. The boys' fight for survival in an unfamiliar and dangerous world, leads them instead to a life of crime and violence they can't escape.

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The Bone Sparrow - Zana Fraillon
Call Number: Fic Fraillow
Subhi's confined world as a refugee in an Australian detention center rapidly expands when a scruffy little girl called Jimmie arrives on the other side of the fence and asks him to read her late mother's stories to her. The comfort they provide for each other makes them braver than either thought possible.

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If I Ever Get Out of Here - Eric L. Gansworth
Call Number: Fic Gansworth
Seventh-grader Lewis "Shoe" Blake from the Tuscarora Reservation has a new friend, George Haddonfield from the local Air Force base, but in 1975 upstate New York there is a lot of tension and hatred between Native Americans and Whites, and Lewis is not sure that he can rely on friendship.

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Annie on My Mind - Nancy Garden
Call Number: Fic Garden
Who would have known that falling in love was so wonderful, but also so confusing! Seventeen-year-old Liza decides to put aside her feelings for Annie after the disaster at school, but eventually she allows love to triumph over the ignorance of people.

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The Queen of Palmyra - Minrose Gwin
Call Number: Fic Gwin
n the summer of 1963, Florence Forrest, the daughter of a burial insurance salesman and the town's baker, crosses the racial divide to spend time with her grandparents' African-American maid, who shares stories of Zenobia, the Queen of Palmyra, and opens Florence's eyes to the brutality of racial inequality.

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Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
Call Number: Fic Gyasi
Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonial, and will live in comfort in the sprawling, palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising half-caste children who will be sent abroad to be educated in England before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the Empire. Her sister, Esi, will be imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon, and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery.

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Scat - Carl Hiaasen
Call Number: Fic Hiaasen
Nick and Marta are both suspicious when their biology teacher, the feared Mrs. Bunny Starch, disappears, and try to uncover the truth despite the police and headmaster's insistence that nothing is wrong. E-book also available.

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Chomp - Carl Hiaasen
Call Number: Fic Hiaasen
The difficult star of the reality television show, "Expedition Survival," disappears on location in the Florida Everglades, where they were filming animals from the wildlife refuge run by Wahoo Crane's family. Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him, but they must avoid Tuna's gun-happy father.

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Imagining America - Wesley Brown; Amy Ling (Editor)
Call Number: Fic Imagining
A multicultural anthology of thirty-seven short stories written between 1900 and the early 1990s, telling of how people of African, Asian, Latino, Native American, Jewish, Middle Eastern, and European descent try to reconcile their visions of America with reality.

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Bone by Bone by Bone - Tony Johnston
Call Number: Fic Johnston
In 1950s Tennessee, ten-year-old David's racist father refuses to let him associate with his best friend Malcolm, an African American boy

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The Darkness under the Water - Elizabeth L. Dugger; Beth Kanell
Call Number: Fic Kanell
Molly Ballou, an Abenaki-French Canadian girl in 1920s Vermont, is haunted by her dead sister and her family's secrets as the government tries to force the Ballous and their neighbors out of their homes in an attempt to rid the state of its poor citizens.

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Uncommon Faith - Trudy B. Krisher; Trudy Krisher
Call Number: Fic Krisher
In 1837-38, residents of Millbrook, Massachusetts, speak in their different voices of major issues of their day, including women's rights, slavery, religious differences, and one fiery girl named Faith.

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Dreamland Burning - Jennifer Latham
Call Number: Fic Latham
Rowan finds a skeleton on her family's property and while investigating the brutal, century-old murder she uncovers mysteries from the past that are painful. 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.

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Day of Tears - Julius Lester
Call Number: Fic Lester
Emma is a slave. She is an "asset", and belongs to Pierce Butler, She lives on her master's plantation, caring for his two young daughters. The Master has mounting gambling debts and decides to cash in his "assets", including Emma, by hosting the largest slave auction in American history.

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The Carbon Diaries 2015 - Saci Lloyd
Call Number: Fic Lloyd
In 2015, when England becomes the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing in a drastic bid to combat climate change, sixteen-year-old Laura documents the first year of rationing as her family spirals out of control.

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The Rock and the River - Kekla Magoon
Call Number: Fic Magoon
In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father's nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African-Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.

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How It Went Down - Kekla Magoon
Call Number: Fic 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, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree. What is the truth?

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In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse - Joseph Marshall; James Mark Yellowhawk (Illustrator)
Call Number: Fic Marshall
Jimmy McClean is a Lakota boy. His mother is Lakota and his father is half white and half Lakota. Over one summer, Jimmy takes a trip with his grandfather, Nyles High Eagle. Along the way, Jimmy learns about the story of Crazy Horse, his heritage, and ultimately, himself.

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Sources of Light - Margaret McMullan
Call Number: Fic McMullan
Sam, having moved with her mother to Jackson, Mississippi, after the death of her father, finds the conservative 1960s values of the town clashing with her family's liberal views and struggles to navigate difficult relationships and understand segregation.

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Gringolandia - Lyn Miller-Lachmann
Call Number: Fic Miller-Lachmann
Daniel's father used to play soccer, dance the cueca, and drive his kids to school. Then he is arrested and imprisoned under the dictatorship of Chile in 1980, and is tortured and traumatized by the brutal police state. The rest of the family flees to the United States and it is here that Marcelo finally rejoins them. But where is the father that Daniel dreamed of? What happened to him in prison? Can Daniel help his father to halt his apparent self-destruction, and want to live again?

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Madame Tussaud - Michelle Moran
Call Number: Fic Moran
A fictionalized account of the life of Marie Tussaud, recounting her efforts to win the approval of the royal family in eighteenth-century France, her friendship with Princesse Élisabeth, her experiences in the French court, and her role in the French revolution.

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The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
Call Number: Fic Morrison
The story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove who wishes more than anything else that her eyes will turn blue just like those of the icon of childhood beauty and cuteness of the time, Shirley Temple. Tragedy occurs after a 'spiritualist' convinces her that this has indeed happened and when the love and attention it should bring does not occur and she unravels into madness.

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47 - Walter Mosley
Call Number: Fic Mosley
Number 47, a fourteen-year-old slave boy growing up under the watchful eye of a brutal master in 1832, meets the mysterious Tall John, who introduces him to a magical science and also teaches him the meaning of freedom

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Monster - Walter Dean Myers; Christopher A. Myers (Illustrator)
Call Number: Fic Myers
While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

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The Sacrifice - Joyce Carol Oates
Call Number: Fic Oates
When a fourteen-year-old girl is the alleged victim of a terrible act of racial violence, the incident shocks and galvanizes her community, exacerbating the racial tension that has been simmering in this New Jersey town for decades.

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Rani Patel in Full Effect - Sonia Patel
Call Number: Fic Patel
Rani Patel, almost seventeen and living on remote Moloka'i island, is oppressed by the cultural norms of her Gujarati immigrant parents but when super attractive Mark tempts and draws her into new sexually abusive experiences she choses to ignore the red flags until it's too late.

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Out of Darkness - Ashley Hope Pérez
Call Number: Fic Perez
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.

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Life As We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer; Arthur Howard (Illustrator)
Call Number: Fic Pfeffer
Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. E-book also available.

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Imani All Mine - Connie Rose Porter
Call Number: Fic Porter
A portrait of a 14 year-old unwed mother of a baby girl who lives in a ghetto world of poverty, racism and danger. Tasha's daily struggle is told with humor and she and her daughter, Imani, are surrounded by a cast of colorful characters.

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All American Boys - Jason Reynolds; Brendan Kiely
Call Number: Fic Reynolds
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.

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Juliet Takes a Breath - Gabby Rivera
Call Number: Fic Rivera
Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn't sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that's going to help her figure out this whole "Puerto Rican lesbian" thing. Can she make her dreams come true? Can she escape her former life? Is running away from all her problems going to solve them?

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Call Number: Fic Saenz
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

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The Hired Girl - Laura Amy Schlitz
Call Number: Fic Schlitz
Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art, on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself.

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X - Ilyasah Shabazz; Kekla Magoon
Call Number: Fic Shabazz
Malcolm Little's parents have always told him that he can achieve anything, but from what he can tell, that's a pack of lies--after all, his father's been murdered, his mother's been taken away, and his dreams of becoming a lawyer have gotten him laughed out of school. There's no point in trying, he figures, and lured by the nightlife of Boston and New York, he escapes into a world of fancy suits, jazz, girls, and reefer.

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The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez - Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Call Number: Fic Sitomer
Tenth-grader Sonia Rodriguez reveals secrets about her life and her Hispanic family while she studies hard so that she can be the first member of her family to successfully finish high school.

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Danger Marches to the Palace: Queen Lili'uokalani - Margo Sorenson
Call Number: Fic Sorenson
While on a field trip to study native plants, Kenneth and Aleesa are transported to the Hawaii of the 1890s, where they see first-hand the final days of the reign of Queen Liliuokalani and learn about native rights.

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Lies We Tell Ourselves - Robin Talley
Call Number: Fic Talley
In 1959 Virginia, Linda Hairston, who has been taught all her life that the races should be kept "separate but equal," must work on a school project with Sarah Dunbar, one of the first African-American students at the all-white Jefferson High School.

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Mildred D. Taylor; Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
Call Number: Fic Taylor
A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand.

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The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
Call Number: Fic Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does-or does not-say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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The House of Purple Cedar - Tim Tingle
Call Number: Fic Tingle
"The hour has come to speak of troubled times. It is time we spoke of Skullyville." Thus begins Rose Goode's story of her growing up in Indian Territory in pre-statehood Oklahoma. Skullyville, a once-thriving Choctaw community, was destroyed by land-grabbers, culminating in an arson attack on New Year's Eve, 1896, on the New Hope Academy for Girls. Twenty Choctaw girls died in the fire, but Rose escaped.

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A Tyranny of Petticoats - Jessica Spotswood
Call Number: Fic Tyranny
An anthology of historical fiction and fantasy by young adult writers featuring a diverse array of daring heroines.

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A Mad, Wicked Folly - Sharon Biggs Waller
Call Number: Fic Waller
In 1909 London, as the world of debutante balls and high society obligations closes in around her, seventeen-year-old Victoria must figure out just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dream of becoming an artist.

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My Name's Not Friday - Jon Walter
Call Number: Fic Walter
Samuel and his younger brother, Joshua, are free black boys living in an orphanage during the Civil War, but when Samuel takes the blame for his brother's prank, he is sent South, given a new name, and sold into slavery--and somehow he must survive both captivity and the war. Can he find his way back to his brother?

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The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead
Call Number: Fic Whitehead
Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take the terrifying risk and make their escape. They manage to find a station and head north but they are being hunted. Their first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme. And Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels.

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One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia
Call Number: Fic WilliamsGarcia
ISBN: 0060760885
In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

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After Tupac and D Foster - Jacqueline Woodson
Call Number: Fic Woodson
In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.

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Drowned City - Don Brown
Call Number: GN BROWN
A graphic novel account of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in November of 2005, when the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, and surrounding areas were flooded and more than fourteen hundred people lost their lives.

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March - John Lewis; Andrew Aydin; Nate Powell (Artist, Cover Design by)
Call Number: GN LEWIS
Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president. March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation.

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Yummy - G. Neri; Randy DuBurke
Call Number: GN SANDIFER
A brief biography, in graphic novel format, of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer, an eleven-year old African American gang member from Chicago who went on the run after shooting a young girl and was later found dead, shot by members of his own gang.

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American Born Chinese - Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator)
Call Number: GN Yang
Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture. Presented in comic book format.

 

Nonfiction & Graphic Novels

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The Greatest - Walter Dean Myers
Call Number: 92 Ali
An illustrated biography of boxing great Muhammad Ali that addresses his politics, his fight against Parkinson's disease, his role in the antiwar movement during the Vietnam War, his role in the battle for civil rights for all Americans, and boxing's dangers.

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Gloria Steinem - Patricia Cronin Marcello
Call Number: 92 Steinem
A biography of the feminist writer and activist, founder of Ms. magazine and the Ms. Foundation, and her impact on the women's movement. Includes her relationship and rivalry with Bella Abzug and Betty Friedan, profiles of Gloria Steinem in Esquire magazine, and her time at Smith College.

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Enrique's Journey - Sonia Nazario
Call Number: 305.23 Nazario
Addresses the issues of the families of illegal immigrants, through the story of a young boy's dangerous journey from Honduras to the U.S. in search of his mother, who left him and his sibling behind make a better life for her family.

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Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching - Mychal Denzel Smith
Call Number: 305.242 Smith
Publication Date: 2016-06-14
Mychal Denzel Smith chronicles his personal and political education during the tumultuous early years of the 21st century, describing his efforts to come into his own in a world of misogyny, homophobia, class-based elitism, self-hatred, violence, and untreated mental illness. Smith unapologetically upends reigning assumptions about black masculinity, rewriting the script for black manhood so that depression and anxiety aren't considered taboo, and feminism and LGBTQ rights become part of the fight.

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Here We Are - Kelly Jensen (Editor)
Call Number: 305.42 Here
A collection of essays and illustrations from 44 writers reflecting on what feminism means to them, from body positivity to intersectionality. Writers include Mindy Kaling, Malinda Lo, Ashley Hope Perez, and Sarah McCarry.

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A Little F'd Up - Julie Zeilinger
Call Number: 305.42 Zeilinger
The creator of FBomb, a popular feminist blog for young people, offers a witty overview of feminism's past and present.

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Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Call Number: 305.8 Coates
In a letter to his adolescent son, the author shares his story of awakening to the truth about his place in the world and the relevance of American history to that truth. His journey takes him from his childhood home, to Howard University, the Civil War battlefields, the South Side of Chicago, and Paris.

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Black Like Me - John Howard Griffin (Epilogue by); Robert Bonazzi (Afterword by)
Call Number: 305.8 Griffin
The author, a journalist, recounts his experiences after he left his privileged life as a Southern white man behind and darkened his skin so he could travel through the segregated South in the 1950s, passing as an African-American man.

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Dreaming in Color Living in Black and White - Laurel Holliday
Call Number: 305.8 Holliday
Presents the stories of sixteen African-Americans, proud of their heritage and culture, in which they tell what it was like to grow up in a nation governed by racial discrimination; and includes a selected Civil Rights chronology.

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Stamped from the Beginning - Ibram X. Kendi
Call Number: 305.8 Kendi
A comprehensive history of the polarizing anti-African American ideas and policies of discrimination, and their impact on American history. Focuses on the lives of five major players in American history, Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, William Lloyd Garrison, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Angela Davis, and highlights the debates that took place between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists.

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In the Shadow of Liberty - Kenneth C. Davis
Call Number: 306.3 Davis
An examination of American slavery through the true stories of five enslaved people, William "Billy" Lee, Ona Judge, Isaac Granger, Paul Jennings, and Alfred Jackson, who were considered the property of some of America's best-known presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Andrew Jackson.

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No Compromise - David Aretha
Call Number: 306.76 Aretha
Chronicles the life, career, and legacy of the California activist and politician, and the first openly gay public official elected in California, including his crusade for gay and lesbian rights and his successful city supervisor campaign in 1977.

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The Full Spectrum - David Levithan; Billy Merrell
Call Number: 306.76 Full
Presents a collection of original poems, essays, and stories by young adult gays, lesbians, bisexuals, straights, and others sharing real life experiences on a variety of subjects.
E-book also available.

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Being Jazz - Jazz Jennings
Call Number: 306.76 Jennings
An autobiography of Jazz Jennings in which she shares her experiences of transitioning for male to female and becoming an advocate for transgender youth.

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Beyond Magenta - Susan Kuklin
Call Number: 306.76 Kuklin
A 2015 Stonewall Honor Book. A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens. Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves. E-book also available.

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Pride Day - Robin Stevenson
Call Number: 306.76 Stevenson
Looks at Gay Pride Day and what led to its creation.

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The M Word - Kathy Pories (Editor)
Call Number: 306.84 Mword
Presents eleven essays by gay and straight writers that discuss the controversial issue of same-sex marriage. Includes an imagined wedding announcement for Oscar Wilde and his lover Sir Alfred Douglas, a description by the best woman at a wedding of two grooms and the story of an adolescent infatuation.

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Stonewall - Ann Bausum
Call Number: 307.76 Bausum
An exploration of the Stonewall Riots and the national gay rights movement that followed. Topics include AIDS, ACT UP, gay bar history, the Christopher Street Liberation Day march (1970), Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, the Defense of Marriage Act (1996), gay culture, the Gay-In at Central Park, gay pride, gay rights activism, homophobia, the role of Frank Kameny, Harvey Milk, Graig Rodwell, laws and hate crimes, laws and homosexuality, the role of the mafia, gays in the military, the significance of the Stonewall Inn, gay culture in New York City, the Stonewall Riots, raids on the Stonewall Inn, the role of the Tactical Police Force and undercover police, and the role of the Village Voice.

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They Called Themselves the K. K. K. - Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Call Number: 322.4 Bartoletti
Documents the history and origin of the secret society in the United States known as the Ku Klux Klan from its beginning in Pulaski, Tennessee, after the Civil War, and provides personal accounts, congressional documents, diaries, and more

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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom - Lynda Blackmon Lowery; Elspeth Leacock (Retold by); Susan Buckley (Retold by); P. J. Loughran (Illustrator)
Call Number: 323.1 Lowery
Lynda Blackmon Lowery recounts her experiences as the youngest marcher on the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

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A Dream of Freedom - Diane McWhorter
Call Number: 323.1 McW
Examines the rise of the Civil Rights movement in America, the men and women whose lives made an impact in the pursuit of social and political equality, and landmark Supreme Court cases that changed the fabric of American society in the mid-to-late twentieth century. Includes the Black Panther Party, Black Power, Birmingham, Alabama, "Bloody Sunday", Brown v. the Baord of Education, Stokeley Carmichael, the desegregation of Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas, Communism, W.E.B. Du Bois, the FBI, the Great Migration and Chicago, the Greensboro Four, the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), lynchings, the march on Washington, Thurgood Marshall, the NAACP (National Associaltion for the Advancement of Colored People), Rosa Parks, segregation, Emmett Louis "Bo" Till, and civil rights after World War II.

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A Wreath for Emmett Till - Marilyn Nelson; Philippe Lardy (Illustrator)
Call Number: 323.1 Nelson
This illustrated poetry collection eulogizes Emmett Till, an African American boy who was killed in a brutal, racially motivated lynching in 1955.

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Miles to Go for Freedom - Linda Barrett Osborne
Call Number: 323.1 Osborne
Told through first-person accounts, Library of Congress records, and other primary sources, an overview of racial segregation and early civil rights efforts in Jim Crow America examines the period from various perspectives while explaining the impact of legal segregation and discrimination. Includes information on events in cities around the United States (Birmingham, Alabama, Chicago, Illinois, Detroit, Michigan, Harlem, New York, Washington, DC), U.S. Constitution Amendments, housing and school segregation, Jim Crow laws, job, public transportation, and public facilities discrimination, lynching and anti-lynching law, the role of the NAACP, migration to the North, the roots of racism in slavery, Supreme Court decisions, segregation in the military, World War I, World War II, and the Tuskegee Institute.

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The Port Chicago 50 - Steve Sheinkin
Call Number: 323.1 Sheinkin
The United States Navy base of Port Chicago was strictly segregated. The officers giving orders were white, the men doing the dangerous work of loading bombs onto ships bound for the war in the Pacific were black. On July 17, 1944, a massive explosion killed 320 servicemen and injured hundreds more. Surviving African American sailors were ordered to return to the same unfair dangerous work under the same unfair dangerous conditions that caused the explosion. 200 of them refused to obey the order unless conditions changed. The Navy called it mutiny and threatened them with the firing squad. Most backed down and returned to work, but 50 did not. Now known as the Port Chicago 50, this is their story of prejudice and injustice in the armed forces during World War II.

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With Courage and Cloth - Ann Bausum
Call Number: 324.6 Bausum
Chronicles the long history of the fight for women's voting rights in the United States, beginning in 1848, with a focus on the years between 1913 and 1920 when the Nineteenth Amendment was passed, and includes profiles of notable women in the struggle. Topics include voting rights for African Americans, Susan B. Anthony, antisuffragists, Lucy Burns, Carrie Chapman Catt, demonstrations in Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC, the equal rights amendment, hunger strikes, National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), National Women's Party, Alice Paul, women suffrage prisoners, the women's suffrage convention in Seneca Falls, New York, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, women's suffrage and the U.S. Constitution, a chronology of voting rights in the United States, pickets outside the White House, and Woodrow Wilson and women's suffrage. Also includes a chronology of main events from 1788 to 1920.

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony - Penny Colman
Call Number: 324.6 Colman
Details the friendship between Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and examines how they fought against beliefs, customs, and laws that oppressed women in 19th century America.

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A Nation of Nations - Tom Gjelten
Call Number: 325 Gjelten
A look at immigration in the United States and America's multicultural heritage through the lives of four immigrant families from Korea, Libya, Bolivia, and El Salvador, who settled in northern Virginia. Also offers a discussion of the impact of US government policy changes contained in the 1965 Immigration Act that opened the door officially to people of all nationalities.

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Denied, Detained, Deported - Ann Bausum
Call Number: 325.73 Bausum
Discusses cases from the history of immigration in the U.S. in which immigrants are denied, such as the people aboard "The St. Louis" including Herb Karliner and his family, who were sent back to Nazi Germany during the Holocaust, the detained, such as Mary Matsuda Gruenewald and other Japanese Americans during WWII, and the deported, such as Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman, who was sent back to Russia in 1919 after living in the U.S. for thirty years. Other groups affected by immigration issues that are addressed include Mexican and Mexican Americans and Chinese Americans. Related topics include Ellis Island, immigration quotas, and the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany. Includes the poem of Emma Lazarus, ("Give me your tired, your poor.....") written in 1883, that is on a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty, and a complementary poem by Naomi Shihab Nye that was written for this book.

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In the Country We Love - Diane Guerrero
Call Number: 325.73 Guerrero
Diane Guerrero, television actress from the hits Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, recalls the day her parents were detained and deported when she was 14, and how she was able to remain in the country, finish her education, and build a successful acting career.

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They Can't Kill Us All - Wesley Lowery
Call Number: 363.2 Lowery
Did Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, John Crawford, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, and Sandra Bland, all deserve to die? Washington Post writer Wesley Lowery travels to the neglected corners of America to speak to families, members of the Black Lives Matter movement, local activists, and victims about the cumulative effect racially-biased policing has had on communities, crumbling infrastructures, and failing schools.

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Driving While Black - Kenneth Meeks
Call Number: 363.232 Meeks
How to handle potentially life-threatening situations when you may be a victim of profiling.

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Getting Away with Murder - Chris Crowe
Call Number: 364.152 Crowe
Presents an account of the murder of fourteen-year-old, Emmett Till, in Mississippi, in 1955. Includes a chapter on the events that occured after the trial to some of the people involved. Also includes a timeline of the U.S. civil rights movement and the trial.

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The Other Wes Moore - Wes Moore
Call Number: 364.36 Moore
The author, a Rhodes scholar and combat veteran, analyzes the various sociocultural factors that influenced him as well as another man of the same name and from the same neighborhood who was drawn into a life of drugs and crime and ended up serving life in prison, focusing on the influence of relatives, mentors, and social expectations that could have led either of them on different path

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Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly
Call Number: 518 Shetterly
During World War II, America's fledgling aeronautics industry hired black female mathematicians to fill a labor shortage. These "human computers" stayed on to work for NASA and made sure America won the Space Race. They fought for their country's future, and for their share of the American Dream. This is their untold story---Front cover.

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Strong Inside - Andrew Maraniss
Call Number: 796.323 Maraniss
An insightful biography of Perry Wallace, the first African American basketball player for the Southeastern Conference (SEC) whose career paralleled the civil rights conflicts of the tumultuous Sixties

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Game, Set, Match - Susan Ware
Call Number: 796.342 Ware
Presents a review of the career of the American tennis player and argues that her 1973 defeat of male player Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match helped, along with the passage of the Title IX anti-sex discrimination act, cause a revolution in women's sports.

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Black Diamond - Patricia C. McKissack; Fredrick L. McKissack
Call Number: 796.357 McKissack
Until 1947, African Americans were shut out of the all-American pastime -- major league baseball. Thousands of talented athletes were excluded, simply because of the color of their skin, and so they formed their own Negro Leagues. Even so they were forced to endure segregation and second-rate living and playing conditions. This is their history and the story of such legendary heroes as James Thomas "Cool Papa" Bell and Leroy "Satchel" Paige, and Jackie Robinson who joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

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Silent Gesture - Delois Smith; David Steele
Call Number: 796.42 Smith
The autobiography of Dr. Tommie Smith, the only man in track and field history to hold 11 world records simultaneously, and the first man in Olympic Games history to win a gold medal and break a record in the 200-meters (under 20 seconds).

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Harlem Speaks - Cary D. Wintz
Call Number: 811.52 Harlem
Presents a comprehensive history of the Harlem Renaissance during the early decades of the twentieth century; and contains essays and an audio CD on the music, art, literature, and politics of that era. Includes essays on the following authors, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Nella Larsen, Claude McKay, Zora Neale Hurston, and Richard Wright; jazz musicians Eubie Blake, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Ethel Waters; visual and performing artists Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, and Josephine Baker; Renaissance men involved in art and politics, W.E.B. Du Bois, James Weldon Johnson, Paul Robeson, Marcus Garvey, Alain Locke, and A. Philip Randolph.

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Harlem Stomp! - Laban Carrick Hill; Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
Call Number: 811.52 Hill
Offers a cultural history of the Harlem Renaissance, discussing how it sparked a period of intellectual, artistic, literary, and political blossoming for many African-Americans. Includes the music of the Harlem Renaissance (Spirituals, Blues and Jazz); the explosion of literature in the poetry of Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, and Claude McKay, the stories of Zora Neale Hurston; the visual art of Aaron Douglas, Meta Warrick Fuller, Augusta Savage, Palmer C. Hayden, and William H. Johnson; and the photography of James VanDerZee. The final chapter addresses the economic fallout of the Great Depression that in part caused the disintegration of the Harlem Renaissance as artists scattered to find work elsewhere.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou; Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
Call Number: 811.54 Angelou
The first volume of a five-part autobiography of Maya Angelou that focuses on her early years of growing up female and black in 1930s and 1940s America. At the age of three she and her four-year-old brother Bailey are shipped off by her mother to live their grandmother in Arkansas and settle in to a life in the community, and lessons taught by Uncle Willie. Just as suddenly they are scooped up and returned to their mother, and with the resilience of children adapt to city life and school. At the age of eight, while alone in the home with her mother's live-in boyfriend, she is brutally raped. Her rapist is later found beaten to death. Once again the children are sent to live with their grandmother. Maya trauma, her search for identity, and her confusion about her sexuality continue as she grows to adulthood, and gives birth to a child of her own while in high school.

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October Mourning - Lesléa Newman
Call Number: 811.6 Newman
The poet offers a deeply personal response to the events of the night of October 6, 1998, when twenty-one-year-old Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was lured out of a Wyoming bar, savagely beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die.


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Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson
Call Number: 811.6 Woodson
A free verse biography, poignant and powerful, of a young girl growing up in the 1960s and 1970s in both the North and The South, never quite fitting in in either place, but getting by with humor and the love of her family.

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Nobody Knows My Name - James Baldwin
Call Number: 813.54 Baldwin
A collection of essays in which African-American author James Baldwin discusses issues of racism and race relations in America, especially in the South and the effect it has on himself, and the role of the writer in society, with personal accounts about his own and the work of William Faulkner, Richard Wright and Norman Mailer.

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Courage Has No Color - The True Story of the Triple Nickles - Tanya Lee Stone
Call Number: 940.54 Stone
Tells the story of First Sergeant Walter Morris and America's first black paratroopers, the Triple Nickels, during World War II. It is also the story of the racism and prejudice that these men fought against as they struggled to earn the right to 'jump' for their country.

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Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt
Call Number: 941.5 McCourt
Frank McCourt was born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank’s mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank’s father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig’s head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors.

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Dreaming in Indian - Lisa Charleyboy; Mary Beth Leatherdale (Editor)
Call Number: 970.004 Dreaming
Hear the voices of over fifty emerging and established contemporary Native American artists, in their poems, short stories, art, photographs, fiction and non-fiction writing, songs, dancing, and music.

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This Indian Country - Frederick Hoxie
Call Number: 970.004 Hoxie
What is the conventional view of Native Americans? Is it time to write a "New Indian History"? Who are the activists who laid the foundation for this new approach? And who are the current 21st century leading activists for indigenous cultures? A history of Native American political activists and their influence on the United States. Related topics include the American Indian Civil Rights Act (1968), treaties with Indians after the American Revolution, the history of the interaction of specific tribes such as the Cherokee, Chocktaw, Comanche, Creeks, Crow, Iroquois, Mohawks, Navajos, Ojibwe, Omaha, Paiute, and Seminoles, the role of the Indian Office (Indian Bureau), and the history of treaties with Indians.

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Rosie and Mrs. America - Catherine Gourley
Call Number: 973.9 Gourley
Presents an illustrated history of the images and issues of women in the 1930s and 1940s, with specific emphasis on Rosie the Riveter, World War II, and Mrs. America. Related topics include women and advertising, African Americans in films, baseball and the All-American Girls Professional Ball League, singer Marian Anderson, Betty Boop, cosmetics, golfer Mildred "Babe" Didrickson, photographers of the Dust Bowl Dorothea Lange and Margaret Bourke-White, the Great Depression, women's magazines, movies about women's lives in the 1930s and 1940s, women and nursing as a career, radio and radio programs, Rosie the Riveter and Eleanor Roosevelt as a role models for women, sports and women, and the radical changes that occurred for women during World War II.

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Gibson Girls and Suffragists - Catherine Gourley
Call Number: 973.9 Gourley
Presents an illustrated history of women's lives in the United States from 1900 to 1918, with specific emphasis on the Gibson Girls and suffragists. Related topics include African American women, Chinese immigration, entertainment, fashion, living conditions for immigrant women, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the Nineteenth Amendment, an account of Alice Ramsey's cross-country trip in 1909, women's rights, the women's movement, women and sexuality, women and sports, the women's suffrage movement, women and work, and women and World War I and the changes that war brought to their lives.

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Flappers and the New American Woman - Catherine Gourley
Call Number: 973.9 Gourley
Presents an illustrated history of the images and issues of women from 1918 through the 1920s, with specific emphasis on Flappers and the New American Woman.

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Flesh and Blood So Cheap - Albert Marrin
Call Number: 974.7 Marrin
146 people died in the fire. The factory was overcrowded and the doors were locked to keep the workers in. Was the fire preventable and the deaths avoidable? Describes the conditions in the textile industry in the early 20th century and the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York, on March 25, 1911, that led to the death of many young immigrant women, and explains its impact on the labor movement and on society.

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