African American Historical Fiction for Teens
A printable pdf of this booklist is available here (6/2011)
Young Adult historical fiction about African Americans
Octavian, a young African American, is brought up as part of a science experiment during the American Revolution.
- North by Night : a Story of the Underground Railroad
- Stealing South : a Story of the Underground Railroad
Two stories of teens helping slaves escape along the Underground Railroad.
Stealing Freedom Twelve year old Ann Maria decides to escape on the Underground Railroad after her family is sold off.
Mississippi Trial, 1955 A 16 year old fights his grandfather about the murder of a 14 year old African American from Chicago.
Christopher Paul Curtis
The Watsons Go to Birmingham The Watsons, an African American family from Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after their visit to Alabama in the summer of 1963.
Two teens, a slave and indentured servant, escape a Carolina plantation to sanctuary in Florida.
Sylvia Patterson is selected to integrate Little Rock’s Central High in 1957.
Jazmin's Notebook Teenager Jazmin records her life in 1960s Harlem in her diary and poems.
Traci L. Jones
Finding My Place Tiphanie learns about prejudice as the only African American in her Denver high school in 1975.
True North Lucy, 14, is influenced by her abolitionist grandfather in helping a fugitive slave girl.
Emma has raised the Butler girls, but now their father may sell Emma.
A white man and his son witness the lynching of an innocent black man in 1946.
Love stories from the time of slavery.
- Dear Ellen Bee : a Civil War Scrapbook of Two Union Spies
- Letters from a Slave Boy : the Story of Joseph Jacobs
- Letters from a Slave Girl : the Story of Harriet Jacobs
In 1968,14 year old Sam is influenced by his father's nonviolence and his brother’s ties to the Black Panthers