Celebrating Black Creators: Chapter and Middle Grade Books

When Life Gives You Mangos Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593173978
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Published: Delacorte Press - October 20th, 2020

Named to Oprah Magazine's Best Caribbean Books for Your 2021 reading list, imagination and adventure run wild in the most talked about middle grade debut of the year!  
 
A small village on a Jamaican island. 
A girl who doesn't remember the previous summer. 


The True Definition of Neva Beane Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338324891
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - September 15th, 2020

From the author of Riding Chance comes the story of a girl whose dictionary is helping make sense of the world, her changing body, friendships, and a family that's struggling to stay strong amidst the turbulent backdrop of activism, across generations.

Being twelve isn't easy, especially when you're Neva Beane.


Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062975164
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 19th, 2021

New York Times bestseller!

Artemis Fowl meets Men in Black in this exhilarating debut middle grade fantasy, the first in a trilogy filled with #blackgirlmagic. Perfect for fans of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, the Percy Jackson series, and Nevermoor.


Sadiq and the Desert Star Cover Image
By Siman Nuurali, Anjan Sarkar (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781515845652
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Published: Picture Window Books - August 1st, 2019

When Sadiq's father leaves on a business trip, he worries he'll miss his baba too much. But Baba has a story for Sadiq: the story of the Desert Star. Learning about Baba's passion for the stars sparks Sadiq's interest in outer space. But can Sadiq find others who are willing to help him start the space club of his dreams?


Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel (A Dyamonde Daniel Book #1) Cover Image
By Nikki Grimes, R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780142415559
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Published: Puffin Books - March 4th, 2010

"Dyamonde, a third grader, has "wild-crazy hair," is "skinnier than half a toothpick" and is more than equal to the challenge of entering the crowded field of confident grade school heroines."—New York Times


Ikenga Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593113523
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 18th, 2020

Nnedi Okorafor's acclaimed first novel for middle grade readers introduces a boy who can access super powers with the help of the magical Ikenga.


Before the Ever After Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399545436
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 1st, 2020

WINNER OF THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD


WINNER OF THE CORETTA SCOTT KING AUTHOR AWARD
 
National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson's stirring novel-in-verse explores how a family moves forward when their glory days have passed and the cost of professional sports on Black bodies.


Root Magic Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062899576
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Published: Walden Pond Press - January 5th, 2021

“A poignant, necessary entry into the children’s literary canon, Root Magic brings to life the history and culture of Gullah people while highlighting the timeless plight of Black Americans.


Becoming Muhammad Ali Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316498166
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Published: Jimmy Patterson - October 5th, 2020

From two heavy-hitters in children's literature comes a critically acclaimed biographical novel of cultural icon Muhammad Ali. *"This utterly delightful story about Ali's childhood is a smash hit." -- School Library Journal (starred review)  Longlisted for the 2022-2023 Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award, and nominated for the 2021-2022 Black Eyed


The Last Mirror on the Left (A Legendary Alston Boys Adventure) Cover Image
By Lamar Giles, Dapo Adeola (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780358129417
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Published: Versify - October 20th, 2020

In this new Legendary Alston Boys adventure from Edgar-nominated author Lamar Giles, Otto and Sheed must embark on their most dangerous journey yet, bringing a fugitive to justice in a world that mirrors their own but has its own rules to play by.

Unlike the majority of Logan County's residents, Missus Nedraw of the Rorrim Mirror Emporium remembers the time freeze from Th


Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (A Tristan Strong Novel, Book 1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781368042413
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - September 22nd, 2020

Winner of a Coretta Scott King Author Honor
Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Kwame Mbalia's epic fantasy, a middle grade American Gods set in a richly-imagined world populated with African American folk heroes and West African gods.


The Crossover (The Crossover Series) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544935204
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Published: Clarion Books - March 5th, 2019

This Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award–winning middle grade bestseller is now in paperback! Basketball and heartache share the court in this slam-dunk novel in verse.

"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell.


Ways to Make Sunshine (A Ryan Hart Story) Cover Image
By Renée Watson, Nina Mata (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781547606658
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - April 27th, 2021

From Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Renée Watson comes the first book in a young middle grade series about Ryan Hart, a girl who is pure spirit, kindness, and sunshine.


Ghost (Track #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481450164
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.


Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel of the acclaimed Track series from Coretta Scott Ki


The Jumbies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616205928
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - April 26th, 2016

Corinne La Mer claims she isn’t afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. They’re just tricksters made up by parents to frighten their children. Then one night Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden forest, and shining yellow eyes follow her to the edge of the trees. They couldn’t belong to a jumbie.


Clayton Byrd Goes Underground Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062215932
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Published: Quill Tree Books - May 8th, 2018

From beloved Newbery Honor winner and three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Rita Williams-Garcia comes a powerful and heartfelt novel about loss, family, and love that will appeal to fans of Jason Reynolds and Kwame Alexander.


Some Places More Than Others Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781681191102
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - September 8th, 2020

From Newbery Honor- and Coretta Scott King Author Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Renée Watson comes a heartwarming and inspiring novel for middle schoolers about finding deep roots and exploring the past, the present, and the places that make us who we are.


Bud, Not Buddy: (Newbery Medal Winner) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780440413288
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Published: Yearling - January 8th, 2002

The Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning classic about a boy who decides to hit the road to find his father—from Christopher Paul Curtis, author of The Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963, a Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree.
 


The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780440414124
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Published: Yearling - September 8th, 1997

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree about an unforgettable family on a road-trip during one of the most important times in the civil rights movement.


Dragons in a Bag Cover Image
By Zetta Elliott, Geneva B (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781524770488
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Published: Yearling - August 13th, 2019

The dragon's out of the bag in this diverse, young urban fantasy from an award-winning author!


Bayou Magic Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316224857
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2016

A magical coming-of-age story from Coretta Scott King honor author Jewell Parker Rhodes, rich with Southern folklore, friendship, family, fireflies and mermaids, plus an environmental twist.


Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062662378
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Published: HarperCollins - November 29th, 2016

The uplifting, amazing true story—a New York Times bestseller!

This edition of Margot Lee Shetterly’s acclaimed book is perfect for young readers. It's the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. 


The Red Pencil Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316247825
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 3rd, 2015


From the Desk of Zoe Washington Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062875860
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 5th, 2021

#1 Kids Indie Next List * Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year * Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book of the Year * SLJ Best Book of the Year * Kirkus Best Book of the Year * Junior Library Guild Selection * Edgar Award Nominee * Four Starred Reviews


Tristan Strong Destroys the World (A Tristan Strong Novel, Book 2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781368042383
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - October 6th, 2020

Bestselling author Rick Riordan presents the second book in the New York Times best-selling and award-winning Tristan Strong trilogy by Kwame Mbalia.
"Mbalia's universe continues to excite through sheer conceptual brilliance, nonstop action and adventure, and--let's be honest--the comical aggression of sidekick god Gum Baby."--Booklist


King and the Dragonflies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338129335
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 4th, 2020

A 2021 Coretta Scott King Honor Book!

Winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Young People's Literature!

Winner of the 2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction and Poetry!

In a small but turbulent Louisiana town, one boy's grief takes him beyond the bayous of his backyard, to learn that there is no right way to be yourself.


Hurricane Child (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338129311
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 1st, 2019

Prepare to be swept up by this exquisite novel that reminds us that grief and love can open the world in mystical ways.

Winner of the Stonewall Book AwardWinner of the Lambda Literary AwardCaroline Murphy is a Hurricane Child.Being born during a hurricane is unlucky, and 12-year-old Caroline has had her share of bad luck lately.


The Parker Inheritance (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545952781
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 25th, 2019

A Boston Globe / Horn Book Honor winner * Four Starred Reviews * Over Ten Best-of-Year Lists"Powerful....


Black Brother, Black Brother Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316493796
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 30th, 2021

From award-winning and bestselling author Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful coming-of-age story about two brothers, one who presents as white, the other as black, and the complex ways in which they are forced to navigate the world, all while training for a fencing competition -- now in paperback!
Framed. Bullied. Disliked. But I know I can still be the best.


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Twins: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
By Varian Johnson, Varian Johnson, Shannon Wright (Illustrator), Shannon Wright (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781338236132
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Published: Graphix - October 6th, 2020

Coretta Scott King Honor author Varian Johnson teams up with rising cartoonist Shannon Wright for a delightful middle-grade graphic novel!

Maureen and Francine Carter are twins and best friends. They participate in the same clubs, enjoy the same foods, and are partners on all their school projects.


Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781481438292
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 27th, 2020

Carnegie Medal winner
A National Book Award Finalist
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
A New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019

A Time Best Children’s Book of 2019
A Today Show Best Kids’ Book of 2019
A Washington Post Best Children’s Boo


As Brave As You Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481415910
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - May 9th, 2017

Kirkus Award Finalist

Schneider Family Book Award Winner

Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book

In this “pitch-perfect contemporary novel” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), Coretta Scott King – John Steptoe Award-winning author Jason Reynolds explores multigenerational ideas about family love and bravery in the story of two


Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593121368
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - August 18th, 2020

A coming-of-age tale about a boy who discovers a love of poetry after finding his late father's journal. Adapted from a story that first appeared in Flying Lessons & Other Stories and perfect for fans of The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson.


New Kid Cover Image
By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062691194
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Published: Quill Tree Books - February 5th, 2019

Winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature!