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Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers has published a number of titles which promote a sense of cultural pride through positive portrayal of African-American figures.

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Brother Hood

Nate Whitely's life at a prestigious prep school in upstate New York takes him far from his Harlem home but not so far as to sever the strong bond he has to...

"...and waited at the four-faced clock. A young woman with long black hair and a cashmere coat asked him how..."

Janet McDonald Janet McDonald

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Chill Wind

A tough and funny project girl manages to make that chill wind blow away The good life, according to Aisha Ingram, is easy. It's hanging with friends,...

"...and tenderness, of black project girl Aisha Ingram . . . The truth of the characters and their talk..."

Janet McDonald Janet McDonald

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Harlem Hustle

Hustle’s personal Harlem was sorely in need of a renaissance. For him, it was the place where a scared kid named Eric Samson had been ditched by druggy parents...

Janet McDonald Janet McDonald

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Off-Color

Spunky and headstrong, Cameron blasts music, challenges adults, and cuts class when she feels like it. She lives with her single mom in Brooklyn and hangs out...

"...in the projects. Can a white girl from across town hope to be accepted by the black girls in the projects..."

Janet McDonald Janet McDonald

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Spellbound

A fresh new voice on the YA scene. Raven's life has been derailed. She never expected she'd be a mother at sixteen like her best friend, Aisha, and she's...

Janet McDonald Janet McDonald

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Standing Against the Wind

Patrice Williams was happy living in Georgia with her grandmother, who called her “cocoa grandbaby.” Then her mother lured her to Chicago and ended up in jail....

Traci L. Jones

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Time's Memory

Amma is the creator god, the master of life and death, and he is worried. His people have always known how to take care of the spirits of the dead – the nyama...

"...the chaos of the African slave trade and the brutality of American slavery, too many of his people are dying..."

Julius Lester Julius Lester

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Twists and Turns

The Washington sisters make good in the ’hood It may have taken them an extra year or two to do it, but the Washington sisters finally graduated high...

Janet McDonald Janet McDonald

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