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Black History Month Books for Teens

Last week we highlighted some adult books about Black History Month and by Black authors. This week, we're focusing on Teen titles. Like the adult list, this features both fiction and nonfiction with most titles released this year. This includes Angie Thomas' much anticipated second book On the Come Up about an aspiring teen rapper and an accessible history of race in American since the Civil War by Carol Anderson, We Are Not Yet Equal.

Stop by the Teen Room to see these books or ask a librarian to request them for you. Stay tuned for next week when we highlight Black History Month titles for children.


	Tyler Johnson was here
Tyler Johnson was here
by Jay Coles

FICTION. Accompanying his twin to a party that is thrown into chaos by a shooting, Marvin, a multicultural teen, is horrified when his brother goes missing and is found dead, possibly at the hands of a racist police officer. Simultaneous.

	The poet X
The poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo

NOVEL-IN_VERSE/POETRY. The daughter of devout immigrants discovers the power of slam poetry and begins participating in a school club as part of her effort to understand her mother's strict religious beliefs and her own developing relationship to the world. 

	Monday's not coming
Monday's not coming
by Tiffany D. Jackson

FICTION. When her friend Monday Charles goes missing and Monday's mother refuses to give her a straight answer, Claudia digs into her disappearance.

	The beauty that remains
The beauty that remains
by Ashley Woodfolk

FICTION. Bonding over a shared love a music, an artist, a twin and a writer of love songs suffer heartbreaking losses that compel them to seek solace in their musical activities and wonder how to pick up the pieces. 

	For every one
For every one
by Jason Reynolds

POETRY. Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds's rallying cry to the dreamers of the world. This is for kids who dream. Kids who dream of being better than they are. Kids who dream of doing more than they almost dare to dream. Kids who are like Jason, a self-professed dreamer. In it, Jason does not claim to know how to make dreams come true; he has, in fact, been fighting on the front line of his own battle to make his own dreams a reality. 

	Finding Yvonne
Finding Yvonne
by Brandy Colbert

FICTION. Fearing she will not be accepted into her conservatory of choice in spite of her dedication to the violin after her mother's abandonment, Yvonne bonds with a street musician before an unexpected pregnancy challenges her prospects. 

	On the come up
On the come up
by Angie Thomas

FICTION. The best-selling author of The Hate U Give returns to the world of Garden Heights in the story of an aspiring teen rapper who confronts the unexpected realities of achieving one's dreams. 500,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

	This is kind of an epic love story
This is kind of an epic love story
by Kheryn Callender

FICTION. A teen film buff and aspiring screenwriter, jaded after seeing too many real-life relationships go sour, questions his beliefs about the impossibility of happy endings when his former best friend moves back to town. A first young-adult novel by the author of Hurricane Child. 50,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook

	Children of blood and bone
Children of blood and bone
by Tomi Adeyemi

FICTION. Coming of age in a land where her magi mother was killed by the zealous king's guards along with other former wielders of magic, Zélie embarks on a journey alongside her brother and a fugitive princess to restore her people's magical abilities. A first novel. Simultaneous eBook.

	Let's talk about love
Let's talk about love
by Claire Kann

FICTION. A secretly asexual college student who desires a swoon-worthy romance without sex despairs of ever having a relationship when she is unable to convince any prospective partners that love and sex do not always go together, a resolve that is tested by her crush on a young man she is sure will not understand her.

	The Belles
The Belles
by Dhonielle Clayton

FICTION. Born one of the revered Belles in the opulent world of Orleans, where people are naturally born gray and seek the talented Belles to transform themselves with beauty, Camellia dreams of being declared the queen's favorite before her arrival at court exposes dark and dangerous realities within the palace walls. 100,000 first printing.

	A few red drops : the Chicago Race Riots of 1919
A few red drops : the Chicago Race Riots of 1919
by Claire Hartfield

NONFICTION. A compelling introduction to the Chicago race riot of 1919 documents key events that led to days of urban violence that continue to reverberate a century later, offering insight into contributing factors in race relations, politics, business and culture. 20,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

	We are not yet equal : understanding our racial divide
We are not yet equal : understanding our racial divide
by Carol Anderson

NONFICTION. From the end of the Civil War to the tumultuous issues in America today, an acclaimed historian reframes the conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America.

	Black enough : stories of being young & black in America
Black enough : stories of being young & black in America
by Ibi Zoboi

NONFICTION. Edited by the National Book Award finalist and featuring contributions by a prestigious group of best-selling, award-winning and emerging African American young-adult authors, a timely literary collection shares modern insights into what it is like to be young and black in today's America. Simultaneous eBook.

	The life of Frederick Douglass : a graphic narrative of a slave's journey from bondage to freedom
The life of Frederick Douglass : a graphic narrative of a slave's journey from bondage to freedom
by David Walker

GRAPHIC NOVEL. Presents a graphic retelling of the abolitionist's life and accomplishments, from his birth into slavery to his escape and rise as a public speaker and the most photographed man of the ninteenth century
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