Booklist 2008/2009

Fiction 2008

Joseph by Shelia P. Moses

Chess  Rumble by G. Neri;  illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson

Snow falling in spring by Moying Li; Square Fish Press

Death of Jayson Porter by Jaime Adoff

Hot Girl by Dream Jordan

Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos

Beacon Hill High by Monique & Sherri McGee McCovey

Chameleon by Charles R. Smith

Kendra by Coe Booth

She said, she said by Celeste O Norfleet and Jennifer Norfleet

That’s what’s up by Paula Chase

Courtin Jayd by L. Divine

He forgot to say goodbye by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Rogelia’s house of magic by Jamie Martinez Wood

First Daughter: White House Rules by Mitali Perkins

Esperanza: A latina story  by Sandra Lopez 

Roots and wings by Many Ly

Good Enough by Paula Yoo

Gamma Glamma by Kim Flores

My life as a rhombus by Varian Johnson

After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

Mexican White Boy by Matt de la Pena

Fat hoochie prom queen by Nico Medina

The Whole Sky Full of Stars by Rene Saldana

The Brothers Torres by Coert Vorhees

Hotlanta by Denene Millner and Mitzi Miller

Sunrise over Fallujah  by Walter Dean Myers

Rolling Wit the punches by Jarold Imes

That’s What’s Up  by Paula Chase Hyman

Life is Fine by Allison Whittenberg

Touching Snow by M. Sindy Felin

Conception Kalisha Buckhanon

Chasing the Jaguar by Michele Dominguez Greene

My father, the angel of death by Ray Villareal

A matter of attitude by Hayden

Game by Walter Dean Myers

Lady J  by L. Divine (Drama High Series)

When the Black Girl Sings by Bil Wright

Beneath my mother’s feet by Amjed Qamar

Marvelous World by Troy Cle

Zahrah the windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu

Pitch Black by by Youme Landowne / Anthony Horton

George Washington Carver by Tonya Bolden

Fire from the Rock by Sharon Draper

Climbing the stairs  by Venkatraman Padma

Fly Girl Sherri L. Smith

A la carte by Tanita Davis

A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott

If I was your girl by Ni Ni Simone

The Kayla Chronicles by Sherri Winston

Trouble in My Way by Michelle Stimpson

Joseph Shelia P. Moses

Guardian Julius Lester

Pemba’s Song: A Ghost Story Marilyn Nelson and Tonya C. Hegamin

The Surrender Tree Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle

2009 BOOKS

Everything Asian by Sung Woo

The world is mine by Lyah B. Leflore

Perfect Shot Debbie Rigaud

Child of dandelions Shenaaz Nanji

Bobby vs. Girls (accidentally) by Lisa Yee

L.A. Summer by Sheryl-Mallory Johnson

Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins

Lip Gloss Chronicles: vol 1 The Ultimate Test by Shelia Goss

Does my head look big in this? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Bayou vol #1 by Jeremy Love

Mare’s War by Tanita Davis

I Love Yous Are For White People by Lac Su

Wanting Mor by Rukhsana Khan

Surf Mules G. Neri

Keep it Movin’ L. Divine 

Shine Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger

Marcelo in the Real World Francisco Stork

Just Another Hero Sharon Draper 

Asleep by Wendy Raven McNair

Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon

What Goes Around (Hotlanta) by Denene Miller Mitzi Miller

Chasing Romeo (Kimani Tru) by A.J. Byrd

Flipping the Script (Del Rio Bay) by Paula Chase

Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim

Little Sister is not my name! Sharon Draper

Jumped Rita Williams Garcia

Way We Roll Beta Gamma Pi Stephanie Perry Moore

Amiri & Odette: A Love Story Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe

Dope stick Walter Dean Myers

Reaching Out Francisco Jimenez

Next Semester by Cecil Cross; Kimani Tru



6 thoughts on “Booklist 2008/2009

  1. Thank you fir including my book Walk with Us on your list. I will be touring this Fall and would love to read in Indianapolis – if young readers there would be interested. The book just won an Indie Book Award, for multicultural non-fiction, and we got a great review at Multicultural Review (June), so I’m psyched. And I’m honored now to find myself on your list. I shared the book with a class of 7th graders in Albany last week, readers of color. Unlike adult audiences, who offer statments, they asked real questions. It was a cool wind in my face, a breathtaking view. Elizabeth


  2. […] Helping kids find the right book… July 2, 2008, 12:16 am Filed under: YA Lit | Tags: African American Fiction, YA Literature I found a blog, by “Edi, an African American school librarian in Indianapolis hoping to improve the literacy of students of color”.   Her homepage is interesting, as it examines black issues in literature, essays, movies, etc., but I’m excited about the booklists she created–very helpful for those of us who haven’t read many multicultural, teen-appropriate books, but would still like to be able to recommend some. She’s made lists for 2007 and 2008. […]


  3. Hello Edi,

    Thank you for what you are doing to improve literacy amongst African American students. My name is Sonia Hayes and I too, share that same passion. I found my first novel, “Ms. Thang” (2006) on your website. I also like to invite you to take a look at “Urban Goddess” (2007) and “Eye Candy” (2008). They comprise my teen series, the ATL Girlz. I write to empower teens to make positive choices in their lives. If ever I can be of service to you in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Please keep doing what you are doing. It matters!

    Warmest regards,
    Sonia Hayes


  4. Hello and thanks for letting me know about the other titles. I’ll be back in the States in a couple of weeks and I will definitely add your books to my reading list. Keep in touch, let me know what other projects you’re working on! We have to keep fighting the good fight!


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