From the Teen Room!

Black History Month Reader’s Advisory: Teen Edition!

  • City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson: After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Anderson writes a thrilling and raw murder mystery!
  • Solo by Kwane Alexander: Not even the songs that flow through Blade’s soul are enough when he’s faced with two unimaginable realities: the threat of losing his girlfriend forever, and the revelation of a long-held family secret.
  • Cy In Chains by David L. Dudley: Cy is sure that a chance at freedom is worth any risk, any sacrifice. This powerful, moving story opens a window on a painful chapter in the history of race relations.
  • X by Ilyasah Shabazz: X follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.
  • Loving Vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell: A story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse. In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love.
  • The 57 Bus by Dashka Slate: Two teens lives intertwine when a reckless act ends up leaving Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment.
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers – Sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon is on trial for murder. A Harlem drugstore owner was shot and killed in his store, and the word is that Steve served as the lookout.