Racial Equity YA Books

A list highlighting a few of our many books dealing with racial and social equity.

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This is my America - Johnson, Kim, 1979-

Summary: Every week Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time: her dad has...

Firekeeper's daughter - Boulley, Angeline,

Summary: Daunis, who is part Ojibwe, defers attending the University of Michigan to care for her mother and reluctantly becomes involved in the investigation of a series of drug-related deaths.

We are not free - Chee, Traci,

Summary: For fourteen-year-old budding artist Minoru Ito, her two brothers, her friends, and the other members of the Japanese-American community in southern California, the three months since Pearl Harbor...

Concrete rose - Thomas, Angie,

Summary: Maverick feels strongly about family ties, making choices he feels necessary to help support his mom while his King father serves time, and leave him literally holding his son in a doctor's waiting...

Angel of Greenwood - Pink, Randi,

Summary: Randi Pink's The Angel of Greenwood is a historical YA novel that takes place during the Greenwood Massacre of 1921, in an area of Tulsa, OK, known as the "Black Wall Street." "Seventeen-year-old...

Home is not a country - Elhillo, Safia,

Summary: "Nima doesn't feel understood. By her mother, who grew up far away in a different land. By her suburban town, which makes her feel too much like an outsider to fit in and not enough like an...

Punching the air - Zoboi, Ibi Aanu,

Summary: From award-winning, bestselling author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five comes a powerful YA novel in verse about a boy who is wrongfully incarcerated. The...

Zara Hossain is here - Khan, Sabina, 1968-

Summary: "Ever since her family moved to Texas from Pakistan when she was a baby, seventeen-year-old Zara Hossain has only ever called Corpus Christi home. Being the only Muslim girl at her conservative...

Black enough : stories of being young & black in America

Summary: A collection of short stories explore what it is like to be young and black, centering on the experiences of black teenagers and emphasizing that one person's experiences, reality, and personal...

Contents: Half a Moon / Renée Watson -- Black enough / Varian Johnson -- Warning, color may fade / Leah Henderson -- Black. Nerd. Problems / L. R Giles -- Out of the silence / Kekla Magoon -- Ingredients /...

Parachutes - Yang, Kelly,

Summary: They're called parachutes: teenagers dropped off to live in private homes and study in the US while their wealthy parents remain in Asia. Claire Wang never thought she'd be one of them, until her...

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