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Heaven by You never know what's gonna come down -- in Heaven. At fourteen, Marley knows she has Momma's hands and Pops's love for ice cream, that her brother doesn't get on her nerves too much, and that Uncle Jack is a big mystery. But Marley doesn't know all she thinks she does, because she doesn't know the truth. And when the truth comes down with the rain one stormy summer afternoon, it changes everything. It turns Momma and Pops into liars. It makes her brother a stranger and Uncle Jack an even bigger mystery. All of a sudden, Marley doesn't know who she is anymore and can only turn to the family she no longer trusts to find out. Truth often brings change. Sometimes that change is for the good. Sometimes it isn't. Coretta Scott King award-winning author Angela Johnson writes a poignant novel of deception and self-discovery -- about finding the truth and knowing what to do when truth is at hand.
Call Number: F J6294h 1998
Publication Date: 1998-09-01
Forged by Fire by When Gerald was a child he was fascinated by fire. But fire is dangerous and powerful, and tragedy strikes. His substance-addicted mother is taken from him. Then he loses the loving generosity of a favorite aunt. A brutal stepfather with a flaming temper and an evil secret makes his life miserable. The one bright light in Gerald's life is his little half sister, Angel, whom he struggles to protect from her father, Jordan Sparks, who abuses her, and from their mother, whose irresponsible behavior forces Gerald to work hard to keep the family together. As a teenager, Gerald finds success as a member of the Hazelwood Tigers basketball team, while Angel develops her talents as a dancer. Trouble still haunts them, however, and Gerald learns, painfully, that young friends can die and old enemies must be faced. In the end he must stand up to his stepfather alone in a blazing confrontation. Sharon M. Draper has interwoven characters and events from her previous novel, "Tears of a Tiger, " in this unflinchingly realistic portrayal of poverty and child abuse. It is an inspiring story of a young man who rises above the tragic circumstances of his life by drawing on the love and strength of family and friends.
Call Number: F D7913f 1997
Publication Date: 1997-01-01
Slam! by Sixteen-year-old Greg Slam Harris can do it all on the basketball court. His grades aren't so hot, though. And when his teachers jam his troubles in his face, Slam blows up. He never doubted himself on the court until he found himself going one on one with his future.
Call Number: F M992sL 1996
Publication Date: 1996-11-01
Second Cousins by The friendship of twelve-year-old cousins Cammy and Elodie is threatened when the family reunion includes two other cousins near their age and Elodie is tempted to drop Cammy for a new companion.
Call Number: 398.2 H18h 1995
Publication Date: 1998-10-01
Christmas in the Big House by This book describes life on a Virginia plantation in 1859 and includes social life and master-slave relations plus material on how Christmas was celebrated.
Call Number: 975 M217c 1994
Publication Date: 1994-10-01
Toning the Sweep by 1994 Winner
Call Number: F J6294t 1993
Publication Date: 1993-04-01
The Dark-Thirty by Illus. in black-and-white. With an extraordinary gift for suspense, McKissack brings us ten original spine-tingling tales inspired by African-American history and the mystery of that eerie half-hour before nightfall--the dark thirty.
Call Number: F M217d 1992
Publication Date: 2006-08-22
Now Is Your Time! by History has made me an African American. It is an Africa that I have come from, and an America that I have helped to create. Since they were first brought as captives to Virginia, the people who would become African Americans have struggled for freedom. Thousands fought for the rights of all Americans during the Revolutionary War, and for their own rights during the Civil War. On the battlefield, through education, and through their creative genius, they have worked toward one goal: that the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness be denied no one. Fired by the legacy of men and women like Abd al Rahman Ibrahima, Ida B. Wells, and George Latimer, the struggle continues today. Here is African-American history, told through the stories of the people whose experiences have shaped and continue to shape the America in which we live.
Call Number: E185 .M96 1991 & 973.09 M96 1991
Publication Date: 1992-01-30
Road to Memphis by "Cassie recounts harrowing events during late 1941. An engrossing picture of fine young people endeavoring to find the right way in a world that persistently wrongs them." --Kirkus Reviews
Call Number: F T216ro 1990
Publication Date: 1990-06-11
I See the Rhythm by This Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award-winning title celebrates African-American music by tracing the progression of black music from its traditional roots in Africa to contemporary hip hop. Full color.
Call Number: 780.89 Ig8s 1998
Publication Date: 1998-02-11
In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall by Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe Twelve poets give testimony to the powerful bond between African American fathers, children and grandchildren in the brilliantly illustrated volume.
Call Number: 811.008 In9 1997
Publication Date: 2000-12-01
Minty by Young Harriet Tubman, whose childhood name was Minty, was stubborn and headstrong--considered a problem slave by her master. Her dream of freedom was the only thing that made life bearable on the Brodas plantation in the 1820's.
Call Number: B T79sc 1996
Publication Date: 1996-05-01
Middle Passage by Alex Haley's Roots awakened many Americans to the cruelty of slavery. The Middle Passage focuses attention on the torturous journey which brought slaves from Africa to the Americas, allowing readers to bear witness to the sufferings of an entire people.
Call Number: ND237.F32 A4 1995
Publication Date: 1995-11-01
The Creation by A poem based on the story of creation in the Bible. An ALA Notable Book. Winner Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.
Call Number: 811.52 C86 1994
Publication Date: 1994-03-15
Soul Looks Back in Wonder by After completing the stunning art for Soul Looks Back In Wonder, Tom Feelings approached stellar authors Maya Angelou, Margaret Walker, Walter Dean Myers, Lucille Clifton, among others. They wrote these inspired poems to pass on the heritage of strength, beauty, and creativity to today's African Americans--especially young people. Full color. 1994 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Book.
Call Number: 811 So83 1993
Publication Date: 1993-11-01
Tar Beach by Illus. in full color. "Ringgold recounts the dream adventure of eight-year-old Cassie Louise Lightfoot, who flies above her apartment-building rooftop, the 'tar beach' of the title, looking down on 1939 Harlem. Part autobiographical, part fictional, this allegorical tale sparkles with symbolic and historical references central to African-American culture. The spectacular artwork resonates with color and texture. Children will delight in the universal dream of mastering one's world by flying over it. A practical and stunningly beautiful book."--(starred) Horn Book.nbsp;nbsp;
Call Number: E R473t 1991
Publication Date: 1991-01-16
Aïda by With depth and understanding, acclaimed diva Leontyne Price retells this famous opera about the beautiful princess of Ethiopia. "The Dillons magnificently capture the drama with powerful full-page illustrations that resemble stage sets. . . . Ideal for reading aloud during an Egyptian unit, in music classes, to children attending the opera, or for the pure aesthetic experience."--Booklist
Call Number: 782.1 P931a 1990
Publication Date: 1990-10-22
Nathaniel Talking by In brief poems, a nine-year-old boy shares his views on his mother's death, knowledge, friends, school, his father, and the future.
Call Number: 811 G837n 1989
Publication Date: 1989-08-01