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...

Love, hate & other filters - Ahmed, Samira,

Summary: Maya Aziz, seventeen, is caught between her India-born parents world of college and marrying a suitable Muslim boy and her dream world of film school and dating her classmate, Phil, when a...

With the fire on high - Acevedo, Elizabeth,

Summary: "Teen mother Emoni Santiago struggles with the challenges of finishing high school and her dream of working as a chef." --

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