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Black History - Fiction

The great thing about historical fiction is that it allows you to experience history as if you were there. That's exactly what these fiction books on Black History do: give you a first-hand glimpse of the everyday struggles and triumphs that African Americans have endured to make America what it is today.


Chains : Seeds of America
Chains : Seeds of America

Set in 1776 during the Revolutionary War, Isabel, a teenage slave, is sold to a cruel family in New York. When her younger sister is sent away, Isabel strikes a bargain to try to win her freedom by spying.


Forge
Forge

Set during the Revolutionary War, Fifteen-year-old Curzon, along with his friend Isabel, have escaped from their lives as slaves but have since gone their separate ways. Isabel has run away to help her sister, and Curzon gets drawn into the revolutionary struggle. He enlists in the army, and must endure bloody battles, hunger and the horrible winter at Valley Forge all while slavers are still searching for both him and Isabel. Relive famous historical battles and more in this sequel to "Chains".


The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party

Octavian, a young African American, is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.


Copper Sun
Copper Sun

Amari is dragged from her home to the Carolinas where she is bought by a plantation owner, befriends an indentured servant, and struggles to find herself in her new world.


The Liberation of Gabriel King
The Liberation of Gabriel King

In Georgia in 1976, young Gabriel King must overcome his fears and help Frita, the only black girl in his class, stand up to her own.


The Silence of Our Friends
The Silence of Our Friends

During the civil rights era, one black family and one white family stretch their understanding to reach out and become friends, working together to forward racial equality in their segregated Texas town. Based on the author's true life experience.


47
47

The life of a young slave named 47 seems doomed until he meets a mysterious runaway slave and finds himself swept up in a struggle for his own liberation.


Riot
Riot

In 1863, fifteen-year-old Claire, the daughter of an Irish mother and a black father, faces ugly truths and great danger when Irish immigrants, enraged by the Civil War and a federal draft, lash out against blacks and wealthy "swells" of New York City.


No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller
No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller

If you were to ask the people who knew Lewis Michaux when he was young, what would become of Mr. Michaux, chances are they would have said, "no good." Lewis liked living a life of petty crimes. But suddenly, he realized that reading could save not only his life but the life of so many African Americans. With this thought in mind he decided to open a bookstore dedicated to books written by blacks about blacks. Amazingly, he started his book store with just five books. His great-niece uses FBI reports, newspaper articles, family interviews and books to weave this tale of fiction based on fact.


Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

No one in town will let Turner Buckminster forget that he's a minister's son except for Lizzie Bright Griffin, a smart and sassy girl from a poor nearby island community founded by former slaves.


Flygirl
Flygirl

The United States is at war, and the army is looking for pilots. Ida Mae Jones knows she is the right woman for the newly formed Women Air force Service Pilots, but will they accept her? Not as Ida Mae Jones, not as an African American woman. Ida will have to lose her self identity, just to achieve her dreams.


Crow
Crow

A moving historical fiction following 11-year old Moses during a tumultuous summer that includes family conflict, a strained friendship with his best friend and increasing racial tension that leads up to the devastating Wilmington Massacre of 1898.