Diverse Characters

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Light it up

Kekla Magoon

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Black Lives Matter, Young Adult, Diverse Characters, Read Woke

Told from multiple viewpoints, Shae Tatum, an unarmed, thirteen-year-old black girl, is shot by a white police officer, throwing their community into upheaval and making it a target of demonstrators.

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Pride

Ibi Aanu Zoboi

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Black Lives Matter, Diverse Characters, Read Woke, Young Adult

After the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri is forced to find common ground with Darius, while struggling with her four wild sisters, a handsome boy vying for her attention, and college applications.

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The crossover

Kwame Alexander

eBOOK
Black Lives Matter, Diverse Characters, Read Woke, Young Adult

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

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Say her name

Zetta Elliott

RECEIVED
Black Lives Matter, Diverse Characters, Read Woke, Young Adult

"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." -- amazon.com

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Dear Martin

Nic Stone

eBOOK
Black Lives Matter, Diverse Characters, Read Woke, Young Adult

Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.

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The hate u give

Angie Thomas

eBOOK
Black Lives Matter, Diverse Characters, Read Woke, Young Adult

After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

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The poet X : a novel

Elizabeth Acevedo

eBOOK
Black Lives Matter, Diverse Characters, Read Woke, Young Adult

"Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, Xiomara Batista has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. She pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers--especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. Mami is determined to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, and Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. When she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she can't stop thinking about performing her poems"--Dust jacket.

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Dread nation

Justina Ireland

eBOOK
Black Lives Matter, Diverse Characters, Read Woke, Young Adult

When families go missing in Baltimore County, Jane McKeene, who is studying to become an Attendant, finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy that has her fighting for her life against powerful enemies.

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If you come softly

Jacqueline Woodson

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Woodson Jacquel
Black Lives Matter, Diverse Characters, Read Woke, Young Adult

After meeting at their private school in New York, fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and whose parents are separated, and Ellie, who is white and whose mother has twice abandoned her, fall in love and then try to cope with people's reactions.

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