Books about Race and Justice for Young Adult Readers

Pet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525647072
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Published: Make Me a World - September 10th, 2019

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
STONEWALL BOOK AWARD WINNER

"[A] beautiful, genre-expanding debut. . . . Pet is a nesting doll of creative possibilities." -The New York Times


Troublemaker for Justice: The Story of Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the March on Washington Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780872867659
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Published: City Lights Books - August 6th, 2019

Chosen a Best Children's Book of the Year by the Bank Street Center

Voted a Best Book of the Year by School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews

A biography for younger readers about one of the most influential activists of our time, who was an early advocate for African Americans and for gay rights.


Things That Make White People Uncomfortable (Adapted for Young Adults) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781642590227
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 3rd, 2019

Michael Bennett is a Super Bowl Champion, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end, a fearless activist, a feminist, an organizer, and a change maker. He's also one of the most humorous athletes on the planet, and he wants to make you uncomfortable.


Tyler Johnson Was Here Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316472180
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 19th, 2019

A young man searches for answers after the death of his brother at the hands of police in this striking debut novel, for readers of The Hate U Give.

When Marvin Johnson's twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.


I'm Not Dying with You Tonight Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492678892
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Published: Sourcebooks - August 1st, 2019

The New York Times Bestseller

"An absolute page turner, I'm Not Dying with You Tonight is a compelling and powerful novel that is sure to make an impact. " --Angie Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give


Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

The #1 New York Times bestseller and a USAToday bestseller!

A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism--and antiracism--in America


This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.


The Hate U Give Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

8 starred reviews ∙ Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best  ∙  William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Honor Book ∙ #1 New York Times Bestseller!

"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds


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On the Come Up Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062498588
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Published: Balzer + Bray - December 1st, 2020

#1 New York Times bestseller · Seven starred reviews · Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book


Anger Is a Gift: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250167033
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Published: Tor Teen - May 7th, 2019

The trade paperback edition of the highly buzzed about YA debut from Mark Oshiro, Anger Is a Gift follows a boy from Oakland as he falls in love amidst the chaos of modern America.

*31st Annual Lammy Finalist for LGBTQ Childrens/Young Adult category*
*2019 ALA Schneider Family Book Award Teen Winner*


Dear Martin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101939529
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Published: Ember - September 4th, 2018

"Powerful, wrenching.” –JOHN GREEN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down

"Raw and gripping." –JASON REYNOLDS, New York Times bestselling coauthor of All American Boys


All American Boys Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481463348
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book, and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature.


Helping Teens Stop Violence, Build Community, and Stand for Justice Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780897935685
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Published: Hunter House Publishers - June 21st, 2011

Helping Teens Stop Violence, Build Community, and Stand for Justice is a guide for adults who work with young people ages ten and up on issues related to youth leadership and social justice. It is also a training manual for adults who want to become effective allies to young people and develop the skills needed so that they can facilitate community building among youth.


Making It Right: Building Peace, Settling Conflict Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781554518098
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Published: Annick Press - October 11th, 2016

What if there were no prisons? Alternative approaches to dealing with crime are underway around the world to explore how victims, offenders, and communities can heal rifts and repair damage. It's often called restorative justice. It's a way to think about the deeper reasons behind crimes, and suggests that by building more caring communities, it's possible to change our societies--and ourselves.


How It Went Down Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250068231
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Published: Square Fish - December 15th, 2015

A Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book

When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white.

In the aftermath of Tariq's death, everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events line up. Day by day, new twists further obscure the truth.


March: Book One Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781603093002
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 13th, 2013

#1 New York Times Bestseller


March: Book Two Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781603094009
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - January 20th, 2015

Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, continues his award-winning graphic novel trilogy with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, inspired by a 1950s comic book that helped prepare his own generation to join the struggle.


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By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781603094023
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 2nd, 2016

Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world.


Black History in Its Own Words Cover Image
By Ron Wimberly, Ron Wimberly (Artist)
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ISBN: 9781534301535
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Published: Image Comics - February 14th, 2017

A look at Black History framed by those who made it.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN ITS OWN WORDS presents quotes of dozens of black luminaries with portraits & illustrations by Ronald Wimberly. Featuring the memorable words and depictions of Angela Davis, Jean-Michael Basquiat, Kanye West, Zadie Smith, Ice Cube, Dave Chappelle, James Baldwin, Spike Lee and more.


Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781595585417
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Published: New Press - April 2nd, 2013

"Do not underestimate the power of the book you are holding in your hands."
--Michelle Alexander


Light It Up Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250619860
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Published: Square Fish - December 29th, 2020

Told in a series of vignettes from multiple viewpoints, Kekla Magoon's Light It Up is a powerful, layered story about injustice and strength—as well as an incredible follow-up to the highly acclaimed novel How It Went Down.

A girl walks home from school. She's tall for her age. She's wearing her winter coat. Her headphones are in. She's hurrying.


I Am Alfonso Jones Cover Image
By Tony Medina, John Jennings (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781620142639
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Published: Tu Books - October 10th, 2017

The Hate U Give meets The Lovely Bones in this unflinching graphic novel about the afterlife of a young man killed by an off-duty police officer, co-illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist John Jennings.


Piecing Me Together Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781681191072
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - June 5th, 2018

Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner
New York Times bestseller
"Timely and timeless." --Jacqueline Woodson
"Important and deeply moving." --John Green


Acclaimed author Renee Watson offers a powerful story about a girl striving for success in a world that too often seems like it's trying to break her.


Edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, and featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing for teens today—Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America. A selection of the Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List.


Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice Cover Image
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Published: Ember - September 10th, 2019

Bryan Stevenson's incredible fight to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality comes to life in this young adult adaptation of the acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestseller that was adapted into a major motion picture starring Michael B. Jordan, Jaime Foxx, and Brie Larson.


Big Black: Stand at Attica Cover Image
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Published: Archaia - February 18th, 2020

A graphic novel memoir from Frank “Big Black” Smith, a prisoner at Attica State Prison in 1971, whose rebellion against the injustices of the prison system remains one of the bloodiest civil rights confrontations in American history.

FOUR DAYS IN 1971 CHANGED THE COURSE OF AMERICAN HISTORY.


Into the Streets: A Young Person's Visual History of Protest in the United States Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781541579040
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Published: Zest Books (Tm) - July 7th, 2020

What does it mean to resist? Throughout our nation's history, discrimination and unjust treatment of all kinds have prompted people to make their objections and outrage known. Some protests involve large groups of people, marching or holding signs with powerful slogans. Others start with quotes or hashtags on social media that go viral and spur changes in behavior.


Say Her Name Cover Image
By Zetta Elliott, Loveis Wise (Illustrator), Loveis Wise (Cover design or artwork by)
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ISBN: 9781368045247
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 14th, 2020

Inspired by the #SayHerName campaign launched by the African American Policy Forum, these poems pay tribute to victims of police brutality as well as the activists insisting that Black Lives Matter. Elliott engages poets from the past two centuries to create a chorus of voices celebrating the creativity, resilience, and courage of Black women and girls.