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Urban Fiction







Jacqueline Woodson
J WOODS

In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.
Lenora Adams
FICTION ADAMS (Waynedale)

Sheree has always been a tough girl, able to take care of herself. Then she finds herself in a situation where she can't. She needs help. She needs answers. But she can't get either from the people she she turns to -- her parents, her friends, and especially, her boyfriend, who calls her Baby Girl and treats her like she's disposable. So who can Sheree turn to? Maybe the answer lies deep within herself, and it's truly time for her to grow up. In a voice that rings strong ant true, debut novelist Lenora Adams tells a story that is rich, complex, and achingly real.
Christopher Paul Curtis
FICTION CURT

Deeply involved in his cold and manipulative mother's shady business dealings in Flint, Michigan, fourteen-year-old Luther keeps a sense of humor while running the Happy Neighbor Group Home For Men, all the while dreaming of going to college and becoming a philosopher.
Brenda Woods
FICTION WOODS (Young Adult Storage)

Monterey, Savannah, Jamal, and Eddie have never had much to do with each other until Emako Blue shows up at chorus practice, but just as the lives of the five Los Angeles high school students become intertwined, tragedy tears them apart.
L. Divine
FICTION DIVIN

Sixteen-year-old Jayd Jackson is nobody's fool. Street-smart, book-smart, and life-smart, she knows when somebody's trying to jack her, or just plain play her--even someone as fine as her (ex) man KJ. And she knows how to survive the streets of Compton. The girl's got it going on. What she doesn't know is how to play the game at South Bay High, aka Drama High, a white school in Los Angeles where the kids keep looking at Jayd like she's going to steal one of their rides. And that's just the beginning of the drama that's about to play out.
Ni-Ni Simone
FICTION SIMON

Toi McKnight is the seventeen-year-old mother of a baby boy. Between bills to pay and adult responsibilities to meet, she's got zero time for sizzling gossip, chilling with her friends or doing the things she used to. So when unexpected sparks start flying between her and six-foot-two, deliciously fine Harlem, Toi knows she's got to dead any chance of a relationship fast since he doesn't date teenage mothers--and she's vowed to never love again. But every time Toi tries to cut Harlem loose, she falls harder for him.
Helen Frost
FICTION FROST

Seven teens facing such problems as pregnancy, closeted homosexuality, and abuse each describe in poetic forms what caused them to leave home and where they found home again.
Sharon Flake
FICTION FLAKE

All thirteen-year-old Raspberry can think of is making money so that she and her mother never have to worry about living on the streets again.
Ni-Ni Simone
FICTION SIMON

Gem doesn't find it easy to make new friends, until high school, where she meets Savannah, who asks her to join her crew. One of the rules of their crew is to never let boys come between them. Gem is okay with that until she meets Phoenix, who can't stop talking about this boy she was dating. The same boy Gem has also been seeing.
Sharon Draper
FICTION DRAPE

Romiette, an African-American girl, and Julio, a Hispanic boy, discover that they attend the same high school after falling in love on the Internet, but are harassed by a gang whose members object to their interracial dating.
Christopher Grant
FICTION GRANT

High school freshman Martine, longing to escape Brooklyn and her strict parents, is trying to get into a study-abroad program but when her long-time crush begins to pay attention to her and her best friend starts an on-line relationship, Teenie's mind is on anything but her grades.