• Diverse Book List: 9-12


    Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    Author: Sherman Alexie

    Description: A coming-of-age-tale set on the Spokane Native American Reservation.


    City of the Beasts

    City of the Beasts

    Author: Isabel Allende

    Description: The first book in a trilogy. The characters embark on an expedition to the Amazon to search for the legendary creature known as the Beast.


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    Author: August Wilson

    Description: A play centering on the strong, but hard man, Troy Maxson. Set during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s, this play deals with the theme of race in America.


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    The Hate U Give

    Author: Angie Thomas

    Description: Starr Carter, a teenage Black girl, navigates two worlds: the urban neighborhood where she lives and the suburban prep school she attends, while also dealing with the trauma of witnessing the fatal police shooting of her unarmed childhood best friend, Khalil.


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    The House of the Spirits

    Author: Isabel Allende

    Description: Weaving personal and political stories together, this book details the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the Trueba family.


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    How the García Girls Lost Their Accents

    Author: Julia Alvarez

    Description: After the García family flees their home in the Dominican Republic in 1960, the García sisters must navigate living their lives according to their parents’ values and the new ways of the American culture.


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    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    Author: Maya Angelou

    Description: An autobiography describing the early years of American writer and poet Maya Angelou. It is a coming-of-age story, illustrating how strength of character and a love of literature help to overcome racism and trauma.


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    On the Come Up

    Author: Angie Thomas

    Description: A story about fighting for your dreams, even when the odds are stacked against you. Themes of freedom of speech, media portrayal of young Black people, and hip-hop literary voice are highlighted.


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    The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

    Author: Wes Moore

    Description: A non-fiction book documenting two African-American men of the same name who had very different life trajectories.


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    The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream

    Authors: Dr. Sampson Davis, Dr. George Jenkins, and Dr. Rameck Hunt

    Description: A book that covers the lives of three young Black men who made a pact to graduate from college and become doctors.


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    The River Niger

    Author: Joseph A. Walker

    Description: A play about a Harlem family whose son returns from the Air Force. Themes highlighted include: the struggles of Black men in a racist society, the camaraderie between Black men, and the role of men in the Black family.


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    Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

    Author: Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

    Description: This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes readers on a race journey from then to now, shows us why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited.


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    When I Was Puerto Rican

    Author: Esmeralda Santiago

    Description: An autobiography of Esmeralda Santiago’s life. Santiago begins with her young life in Puerto Rico and describes the circumstances that led to her mother moving the family to New York, and then details her adjustment to life in America.