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We've selected books highlighting Black history and voices that would be perfect to add to your shelves just in time for Black History Month! Plus, these titles are only $8 for our valued JLG members! Bonus: Catch our exclusive webcast interview with author/illustrator Don Tate, whose passion is elevating Black history through picture books and children's literature.


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      Crown of Thunder

      by Tochi Onyebuchi

      Jan 2019

      Fantasy/Science Fiction High Plus

      Taj is headed west, but the consequences of leaving Kos behind confront him at every turn. Innocent civilians flee to refugee camps as Karima's dark magic continues to descend on the city. Taj must return, but first he needs a plan.
      With Arzu's help, Taj and Aliya make it to the village of her ancestors, home of the tastahlik--sin-eaters with Taj's same ability to both battle and call forth sins. As Taj comes to terms with his new magic, he realizes there are two very different groups of tastahlik--one using their powers for good, the other for more selfish ends.
      Aliya is struggling with her own unique capabilities. She's immersed in her work to uncover the secret to Karima's magic, but her health begins to mysteriously deteriorate. With the help of a local western mage, Aliya uncovers her true destiny--a future she's not sure she wants.
      As Taj and Aliya explore their feelings for each other and Arzu connects with her homeland, the local westerners begin to question Taj's true identity. Karima is on his heels, sending dark warnings to the little village where he's hiding. Taj will have to go back and face her before she sends her most deadly weapon--Taj's former best friend, Bo.

      The Season of Styx Malone

      by Kekla Magoon

      Jan 2019

      Upper Elementary & Junior High

      Caleb Franklin and his big brother Bobby Gene are excited to have adventures in the woods behind their house. But Caleb dreams of venturing beyond their ordinary small town.
      Then Caleb and Bobby Gene meet new neighbor Styx Malone. Styx is sixteen and oozes cool. Styx promises the brothers that together, the three of them can pull off the Great Escalator Trade--exchanging one small thing for something better until they achieve their wildest dream. But as the trades get bigger, the brothers soon find themselves in over their heads. Styx has secrets--secrets so big they could ruin everything.

      No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas

      by Tonya Bolden

      Dec 2018

      Biography Elementary Plus

      Biographical time line. Glossary. Notes. Selected sources. Full-color mixed media illustrations.

      So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’ Long Walk to Freedom

      by Gary D. Schmidt

      Nov 2018

      Biography Elementary Plus

      Sojourner Truth was born into slavery but possessed a mind and a vision that knew no bounds. So Tall Within traces her life from her painful childhood through her remarkable emancipation to her incredible leadership in the movement for rights for both women and African Americans. Her story is told with lyricism and pathos by Gary D. Schmidt, one of the most celebrated writers for children in the twenty-first century, and brought to life by award winning and fine artist Daniel Minter. This combination of talent is just right for introducing this legendary figure to a new generation of children.
      Biographical note. Bibliography. Artist’s note. Full-color illustrations.

      Odd One Out

      by Nic Stone

      Oct 2018

      High-Interest High Plus

      Courtney is in love with his best friend, Jupiter. But she’s a lesbian. And the arrival of a new friend, Rae, who is questioning her sexuality, complicates matters even further.


      by Torrey Maldonado

      Oct 2018

      Advanced Readers Plus

      Kids from the Brooklyn projects are supposed to be “hard.” But when Bryan starts hanging with new kid Mike, he learns that pretending to be tough can lead to trouble.

      Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams

      by Lesa Cline-Ransome

      Oct 2018

      Sports Elementary Plus

      As children in Compton, California, Venus and Serena Williams had to sweep the courts before they could practice. Sisters, competitors, friends—they became two of the greatest tennis players of all time. Afterword. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Further reading. Full-color illustrations rendered in cut paper, pencil, and acrylic paints.

      Unpunished Murder: Massacre at Colfax and the Quest for Justice

      by Lawrence Goldstone

      Oct 2018

      History High

      On Easter Sunday, 1873, a white supremacist mob killed more than a hundred unarmed African Americans in Grant Parish, Louisiana. The court case that followed reached all the way to the Supreme Court. Despite it being one of the most ghastly mass murders in US history, no one was convicted. Foreword. Glossary. Bibliography. Source notes. Index. Black-and-white photographs and reproductions.

      Fresh Ink: An Anthology

      by Lamar Giles

      Oct 2018

      Young Adults Plus

      This label-defying anthology, edited by a founding member of We Need Diverse Books, contains thirteen stories by some of today’s most recognizable authors, including Nicola Yoon, Jason Reynolds, and Melissa de la Cruz.
      Foreword. Note on We Need Diverse Books. Brief author biographies. Black-and-white illustrations.

      Finding Yvonne

      by Brandy Colbert

      Oct 2018

      City High School

      As Yvonne’s plans to become a professional violinist falter, two new, intriguing career paths open up. And two new relationships offer even more tantalizing possibilities.

      Harbor Me

      by Jacqueline Woodson

      Oct 2018

      Advanced Readers

      It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat—by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for “A Room to Talk”), they discover it’s safe to talk about what’s bothering them—everything from Esteban’s father’s deportation and Haley’s father’s incarceration to Amari’s fears of racial profiling and Ashton’s adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives.

      How Sweet the Sound: The Story of “Amazing Grace”

      by Carole Boston Weatherford

      Jun 2018

      Religious Books Elementary

      This picture book biography of John Newton, the man behind the hymn "Amazing Grace" is also an ode to the song.
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