Book Recommendations

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I AM ALFONSO JONES

Tony Medina

Tony Medina tackles the issue of race and police brutality, in the unique, teen-friendly graphic novel I Am Alfonso Jones. Alfonso Jones, a black teenager, is killed by an off-duty police officer who mistakes a coat hanger in Alfonso's hand for a gun.

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THE HATE U GIVE

Angie Thomas

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds -- the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what's right.

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From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Both intellectually rigorous and accessible, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation is a historical exposition of the conditions that contributed to the reemergence of Black radicalism in the United States. It is also a persuasive case that #BLM's fight against racism must also be a fight against capitalism

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Lisa Moore Ramée

A GOOD KIND OF TROUBLE

A Good Kind of Trouble. Twelve-year-old Shayla is allergic to trouble. All she wants to do is to follow the rules. (Oh, and she'd also like to make it through seventh grade with her best friendships intact, learn to run track, and have a cute boy see past her giant forehead.)

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Jacqueline Woodson

BROWN GIRL DREAMING

Brown Girl Dreaming follows the childhood of the author, Jacqueline Woodson, from her birth to around age ten. Jacqueline is born in Ohio, the youngest child of three, in 1963, during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Jacqueline and her family are African-American.

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Tiffany D. Jackson

MONDAY'S NOT COMING

In her YA thriller Monday's Not Coming, author Tiffany D. Jackson spins a tale of murder, neglect, and systemic racism, all told through the lens of a middle school aged girl. When Claudia's best friend, Monday, goes missing, it feels like she's the only one who's noticed she's gone