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Great African - American Teen Fiction

Ready for some great reads featuring some magnificent African-American teens? Here you go!
Book Cover Nothing But Drama
By Billingsley, ReShonda Tate
2006/11 - Pocket Books
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From a #1 "Essence" bestselling author comes the first in an inspirational new series of teen novels featuring a group of young girls finding faith and friendship in an after-school church youth group. ...More

Book Cover Blessings in Disguise
By Billingsley, ReShonda Tate
2007/01 - Pocket Books
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From a #1 "Essence" bestselling author comes the second book in her inspirational series about the Good Girlz--a group of teens who find faith and friendship in a church-based after-school group. ...More

With Friends Like These
By Billingsley, ReShonda Tate
2007/04 - Pocket Books
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The exciting third book in Billingsley's Ten Commandments-based teen series continues the story of a group of girls who find faith and friendship in an after-school church group. ...More

Book Cover The Fight
By Divine, L.
2006/10 - Dafina Books
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Sixteen-year-old Jayd Jackson is nobody's fool. What she doesn't know is how to play the game at South Bay High, a.k.a. 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. ...More

Book Cover Second Chance
By Divine, L.
2006/12 - Dafina Books
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A hot new boyfriend from the right side of the tracks ensures sweet and spirited Jayd Jackson will be earning a ton of extra credit in drama this year at South Bay High. Can Jayd and Jeremy's romance stand up to the critics at "Drama High?" ...More

Book Cover Jayd's Legacy
By Divine, L.
2007/02 - Dafina Books
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In the third novel in L. Divine's pioneering young adult series, Jayd is in love--and surrounded by more drama than ever. ...More

Book Cover Tears of a Tiger
By Draper, Sharon Mills
1996/02 - Simon Pulse
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With perceptiveness and compassion, Draper portrays an African-American teenager who feels driven to consider suicide in the wake of a devastating tragedy. ...More

Book Cover Forged by Fire
By Draper, Sharon Mills
1998/01 - Simon Pulse
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Fascinated by fire as a child, Gerald accidentally ignited his apartment and was sent to the home of his favorite aunt. Now he's back with his mom--where flames once again determine his future in the explosive sequel to "Tears of a Tiger." ...More

Book Cover Darkness Before Dawn
By Draper, Sharon Mills
2002/07 - Simon Pulse
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Still recovering from the suicide of her ex-boyfriend, high school senior Keisha is thrilled at the attentions of Jonathan Hathaway, the principal's son. But when a romantic dinner at Jonathan's apartment leads to an attempted rape, Keisha must once again overcome personal trauma and try to rebuild her life. The powerful conclusion to the Hazelwood High trilogy. ...More

Book Cover Staying Pure
By Moore, Stephanie Perry
Perry-Moore, Stephanie
2000/07 - Lift Every Voice
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Payton Skky is dating the best-looking guy in school. While he pressures her to sleep with him, she is content to wait until marriage. When she starts to doubt her resolve, Payton questions everything. ...More

Book Cover Sober Faith
By Moore, Stephanie Perry
Perry-Moore, Stephanie
2000/07 - Lift Every Voice
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Payton Skky and her girlfriends are in their senior year at their Georgia high school and loving every minute of it. But the rest of Payton's crew has strayed from God and continues to make bad decisions. While chasing after a good time, her friends begin experimenting with alcohol, drugs, and sexual sin. How can Payton help her girls turn toward God and away from those sins? Can she resist her own impulses to try things she knows are against God's will? Come see if Payton discovers how to show her friends that true faith is sober faith. ...More

Book Cover Saved Race
By Moore, Stephanie Perry
Perry-Moore, Stephanie
2001/01 - Lift Every Voice
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On the verge of graduation, Payton Skky encounters ethnic diversity in several ways she never imagined. She struggles to figure out where these prejudices come from and find effective ways to overcome them, while loving everybody as God commands. ...More

Book Cover Sweetest Gift
By Moore, Stephanie Perry
Perry-Moore, Stephanie
2001/08 - Lift Every Voice
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Payton Skky has finally arrived at college. In no time she's facing the same pressures and stresses most college students face. She's still conflicted about boyfriends and studies are difficult. But when she is faced with her suitemate's suicide attempt, Payton is jolted back to the basics of her faith. No matter what the pressures of life, she has great worth and value in the eyes of the Lord. ...More

Book Cover Surrendered Heart
By Moore, Stephanie Perry
2002/02 - Institute for Black Family Development
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It's Payton's second semester at college. The death of her grandfather, and deepening relationship with Tad teach her the value of living for God. As Payton surrenders her heart to God and shares her faith, she finds out that all she has ever desired is wrapped up in Him. Her relationship with Christ allows her to be complete and to handle the growing pains of life. ...More

Secrets in the Shadows
By Schraff, Anne E.
2001/01 - Rebound by Sagebrush
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Book Cover Bluford High: Payback
By Langan, Paul
2007/06 - Scholastic Paperbacks
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Tyray Hobbs wants revenge. Weeks ago he was one of the most feared students in Bluford High. But then Darrell Mercer publicly humiliated him, and Tyray lost his reputation. To get it back, he must take down Darrell. But how? With a broken hand, a troubled family, and no friends in sight, Tyray's options are limited. And when the kids he once bullied start threatening him, his world completely unravels. Desperate to settle the score and regain respect, Tyray sees only one solution to his problems--a gun. ...More

Book Cover Broken China
By Williams, Lori Aurelia
2006/08 - Simon Pulse
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The acclaimed author of "When Kambia Elaine Flew in from Neptune" now delivers the story of one girl's excruciating struggle to beat the odds. Williams imbues this narrative with an unshakable sense of hope that transcends China's bleak reality. ...More