Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 by Christopher
Ten-year-old Kenny and his 13-year-old brother Byron have
typical sibling rivalry. When Byron tries his parents' patience
for the last time, they decide to bring him to Birmingham,
Alabama to spend the summer with his grandmother. This Flint,
Michigan family encounters Birmingham at its most turbulent
time, the burning of the Sixteenth Avenue Baptist Church with
four young girls inside.
by Fire by Sharon Mills Draper
Teenager Gerald Nickelby faces many challenges in this companion
novel to Tears of a Tiger. Here, Gerald stays with
his aunt while his mother serves a prison sentence for child
neglect. On his ninth birthday, his mother reclaims him and
Gerald must risk a great deal to save his half-sister, Angel,
from his abusive stepfather.
of a Tiger by Sharon Mills Draper
Andy Jackson drives under the influence and crashes his car,
killing the star player of the basketball team and his best
friend, Robert Washington. Andy must find a way to deal with
his grief, guilt, and pain.
The Skin I'm In by
Maleeka is a 13-year-old African American with low self-esteem.
Being ridiculed for having a dark complexion makes matters
worse until she meets Miss Saunders, a teacher at her school.
Miss Saunders has her own challenges with her rare skin condition.
of the Wolves by Julie Craighead George
Miyax is a 13-year-old Eskimo orphan who is unhappily married.
She runs away from her home, hoping to reach her pen pal in
San Francisco. During her journey through the Alaskan tundra,
she battles survival and an inner struggle of self-identity.
Is she Miyax of the Eskimo people or a modern teenager named
Gaucho by Gloria Gonzalez
Poor 11-year-old Gaucho works a variety of odd jobs to make
money. When running an errand for a shady character named
Blanco, he finds himself in the middle of a shootout.
by Angela Johnson
Fourteen-year-old Marley lives in a small Ohio town named
Heaven. Here she grows up in a warm African American family,
where she has good friends and strong community ties. Suddenly,
she finds out she is adopted.
Roughness by Marie G. Lee
Korean Chan Kim and his twin sister Young grow up in a diverse
Los Angeles neighborhood. The Kims move to a small Minnesota
community to save a failing family store. Chan and Young face
cultural conflicts at their new school.
From a Slave Girl: The Story of Harriet Jacobs by
Mary E. Lyons
Based on the true story of Harriet Ann Jacobs, Letters
from a Slave Girl reveals, through fictional letters,
the challenges African American women endured during slavery.
Jacobs hid in her grandmother's ceiling for seven years, and
eventually escaped to the North, where she became active in
the abolition movement.
in the Darkness by Walter Dean Meyers
Fifteen-year-old Jimmy's father Crab has been in prison for
the past nine years for killing a man in an armed robbery.
Crab escapes from prison in order to clear his name and shows
up in Jimmy's life again, claiming he made parole and has
a job in Chicago.
Bernhart selected contemporary young adult literature, featuring
mostly ethnic teen protagonists facing real-life conflicts.
It is Mr. Bernhart's hope that students will recognize themselves
and the world around them in the texts they read. You can
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