Skip to Content Skip to Menu. Told in alternating voices, this is the compelling and nuanced story of two Springfield High School students: Rashad, a black year-old ROTC member and aspiring artist, and Quinn, a white senior and varsity basketball player, and what happens when an off-duty officer and family friend of Quinn viciously assaults Rashad at a corner store after wrongly assuming he was stealing a bag of chips. Mary B. Addison killed a baby. She didn't say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: a white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter.
Check out these terrific titles for teens written by African-American authors! Includes winners of the Coretta Scott King Award. The Death of Jayson Porter by Jaime Adoff In the Florida projects, sixteen-year-old Jayson struggles with the harsh realities of his life which include an abusive mother, a drug-addicted father, and not fitting in at his predominately white school, and bring him to the brink of suicide. We Could Be Brothers by Derrick Barnes Two eighth-graders from very different backgrounds, Robeson "Crease" Battlefield and Pacino Clapton, discover in afterschool detention that they have a great deal in common. Kendra by Coe Booth High schooler Kendra longs to live with her mother who, unprepared for motherhood at age fourteen, left Kendra in the care of her grandmother. Tyrell by Coe Booth Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father.
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Jaime Adoff. In this book in verse, 12 year old Keith leaves Brooklyn after his dad's death and has to deal with racism with the music of Jimi Hendrix. Coe Booth. Tyrell doesn't want to end up like his dad in prison. But how else is he going to get some money to impress the girls when he lives in homeless shelter?
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