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Zijl, Annejet van der

Summary: When they fell in love in 1928, Rika and Waldemar could not have been more different. She was a thirty-seven-year-old Dutch-born mother, estranged from her husband. He was her immigrant boarder, not yet twenty, and a wealthy Surinamese descendant of slaves. The child they have together, brown skinned and blue eyed, brings the couple great joy yet raises some eyebrows. Until the Nazi occupation...

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Publisher / Publication Date: AmazonCrossing 2019

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Fergus, Maureen

Summary: Santa Claus stops believing that Harold, a small child, exists, and comes up with a plan to find out once and for all if Harold is real.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Tundra Books 2016

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Juvenile, Call number: JE FER

Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills)

1 hold on 2 copies

Summary: Piano-prodigy Isabella, eleven, whose black father and white mother struggle to share custody, never feels whole, especially as racial tensions affect her school, her parents both become engaged, and she and her stepbrother are stopped by police.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2018

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Mehra, Nishta

Summary: Essays describe how the author's experiences as an Indian American, the wife of a white Christian woman, and the mother of an adopted black son have been challenged by rigid cultural family norms.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Picador 2019

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 MEHRA, NISHTA MEH

Tharps, Lori L.

Summary: Weaving together personal stories, history, and analysis, Same Family, Different Colors explores the myriad ways skin-color politics affect family dynamics in the United States. Colorism and color bias the preference for or presumed superiority of people based on the lighter color of their skin is a pervasive but rarely openly discussed phenomenon, one that is centuries old and continues...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Beacon Press 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 305.8 THA

Barker, Susan

Summary: Dark themes of colonial misconduct, racial prejudice, and doomed love resonate throughout this novel, yet it is infused with characteristic humor and warmth. It opens in Malaysia during the 1950s Communist insurrection when a young Englishman, Christopher, falls in love with a Chinese girl. The book then moves to 1969 where Frances, Christopher's Eurasian teenage daughter, is seduced by a...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Black Swan 2009

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC BAR

De Waal, Kit

Summary: Set in the 1970s, a young black boy's quest to reunite with his beloved white half-brother after they are separated in foster care.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Simon and Schuster 2016

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC DEW

Feldman, Suzanne

Summary: Self-educated and brown-skinned, Cassie works full time in her grandmother's laundry in rural Mississippi. Illiterate and white, Judith falls for colored music and dreams of life as a big city radio star. These teenaged girls are half-sisters. And when they catch wind of their wayward father's inheritance coming down in Virginia, they hitch their hopes to a road trip together to claim what's...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Henry Holt and Company 2016

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC FEL

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC FEL

Deming, Sarah

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Gravity Delgado has been breaking records and competitors since she started boxing with a legendary coach at age twelve, and now will reach the Olympics if her home life and romance do not distract her.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Make Me a World 2019

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1 available in Young Adult Collection, Call number: YA FIC DEM

Diggs, Taye

Summary: Told in rhyming text, Mike is a mixed-race boy, completely comfortable with his identity and his parents--and his wild, curly hair.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Feiwel and Friends 2015

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1 available in Juvenile Easy, Call number: JE DIG

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: JE DIG

Ramos, NoNieqa

Summary: Closed off and grieving her best friend, fifteen-year-old overachiever Verdad faces prejudices at school and from her traditional mother, her father's distance since his remarriage, and her attraction to a transgender classmate.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Carolrhoda Lab 2019

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1 available in Young Adult Collection, Call number: YA FIC RAM

Gordon-Reed, Annette.

Summary: Historian and legal scholar Gordon-Reed presents this epic work that tells the story of the Hemingses, an American slave family and their close blood ties to Thomas Jefferson.

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Publisher / Publication Date: W.W. Norton & Co. 2008

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 973.4 GOR

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1 available in Adult, Call number: B Hemings Gor

Dellaira, Ava

Summary: Relates the stories of Marilyn who, at age seventeen, fell in love with James, left her stage-mother, and set out on her own and Angie, her now seventeen-year-old daughter, who returns to Hollywood seeking her father.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Farrar Straus Giroux 2018

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1 available in Young Adult Collection, Call number: YA FIC DEL

Leonard, Connie King

Summary: Homeless and alone on the streets, sixteen-year-old Mattie Rollins and her six-year-old sister, Meg, race to discover the fate of their missing mother.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Ooligan Press 2018

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1 available in Young Adult Collection, Call number: YA FIC LEO

Lester, Joan Steinau

Summary: Twenty miles from Oakland, California, where fires have led to racial tension, multi-racial fifteen-year-old Nina faces the bigotry of long-time friends, her parents' divorce, and her brother's misbehavior, while learning of her great-great grandmother Sarah's escape from slavery.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Zonderkidz 2011

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1 available in Young Adult Collection, Call number: Y FICTION LES

Babst, C. Morgan

Summary: "When a fragile young woman refuses to leave New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina approaches, her parents are forced to go without her, setting off a chain of events that leaves their marriage in shambles and their daughter catatonic, the victim or perpetrator of some unknown violent act"--

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Publisher / Publication Date: Algonquin Books 2017

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC BAB

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC BAB

Cashin, Sheryll

Summary: "How interracial love and marriage changed history, and may soon alter the landscape of American politics. Loving beyond boundaries is a radical act that is changing America. When Mildred and Richard Loving wed in 1958, they were ripped from their shared bed and taken to court. Their crime: miscegenation, punished by exile from their home state of Virginia. The resulting landmark decision of...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Beacon Press 2018

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 306.8 CAS

Díaz, Jaquira

Summary: "Jaquira Díaz writes an unflinching account of growing up as a queer biracial girl searching for home as her family splits apart and her mother struggles with mental illness and addiction. From her own struggles with depression and drug abuse to her experiences of violence to Puerto Rico's history of colonialism, every page vibrates with music and lyricism"--

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Publisher / Publication Date: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill 2019

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Carey, Janet Lee.

Summary: "In 1210 AD, Uma, a Healer raised by a tribe of people native to Wilde Island, must complete an impossible task for the English queen or be burned alive, and her only ally is the part dragon, part fairy Pendragon prince who is struggling with a secret ofhis own"--

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Publisher / Publication Date: Kathy Dawson Books 2015

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1 available in Young Adult Collection, Call number: YA FIC CAR

Smith, Ronald L. (Ronald Lenard)

Summary: After something strange happens during a camping trip, twelve-year-old alien-obsessed Simon suspects he has been abducted, but was it real or just his overactive imagination?

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: 2019

Copies Available at Interlochen

1 available in Juvenile, Call number: J Fiction Smith 2019

Brown, William Wells

Summary: "At a slave auction, a beautiful teenage girl, her sister, and her mother are sold as William Wells Brown's 1853 novel Clotel begins. In making his title character the daughter of Thomas Jefferson, Brown takes advantage of a scandalous and - until recently - unconfirmed rumor. Clotel's new owner falls in love with her, gets her pregnant, seems to promise marriage - then sells her. A fast-paced...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Penguin Books 2004

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC BRO

Straight, Susan

Summary: "In inland Southern California, near the desert and the Mexican border, Susan Straight, a self-proclaimed book nerd, and Dwayne Sims, an African American basketball player, started dating in high school. After college, they married and drove to Amherst, Massachusetts, where Straight met her teacher and mentor, James Baldwin, who encouraged her to write. Once back in Riverside, at driveway...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Catapult 2019

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 STR

Wilson, Christopher P.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Harcourt 2005

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Colvin, Jeffrey

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Summary: "A ferociously talented writer makes his stunning debut with this richly woven tapestry, set in a small Nova Scotia town settled by former slaves, that depicts several generations of one family bound together and torn apart by blood, faith, time, and fate. Structured as a triptych, Africaville chronicles the lives of three generations of the Sebolt family--Kath Ella, her son Omar/Etienne, and...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers 2019

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1 available in New Fiction, Call number: FIC COL
1 available in Browsing Hot Titles, Call number: HOT TITLE