Urban Fiction


Marcantonio, Patricia Santos
Red Ridin' In The Hood: And Other Cuentos
JUV 398.4.M3307.r
A collection of well-known tales, retold from a Hispanic American perspective.  2005.

Frost, Helen
Keesha's House
JUV 811.59.F9295.k YA
Seven teens facing such problems as pregnancy, closeted homosexuality, and abuse each describe in poetic forms what caused them to leave home and where they found home again.  2003.


Bonham, Frank
Durango Street
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Realistic social study of life in a housing project, where you must join a gang to survive.  1999.

Booth, Coe
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High schooler Kendra longs to live with her mother who, unprepared for motherhood at age fourteen, left Kendra in the care of her grandmother.  2008.

Booth, Coe
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Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father.  2006.

Cheng, Andrea
Where The Steps Were
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Verse from the perspectives of five students in Miss D.'s third grade class details the children's last year together before their inner city school is to be torn down.  2008.

Davidson, Dana
Jason And Kyra
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Handsome and popular Jason tries to come to terms with his irascible, often absent father and his growing attraction to the quiet, studious Kyra.  2004.

De la Pena, Matt
Ball Don't Lie
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Seventeen-year-old Sticky lives for basketball and plays at school and at the Lincoln Rec Center in Los Angeles but he is unaware of the many dangers--including his own past--that threaten his dream of playing professionally.  2005.

Draper, Sharon
Darkness Before Dawn
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Recovering from the recent suicide of her ex-boyfriend, senior class president Keisha Montgomery finds herself attracted to a dangerous, older man.  2001.

Draper, Sharon
Just Another Hero
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As Kofi, Arielle, Dana, November, and Jericho face personal challenges during their last year of high school, a misunderstood student brings a gun to class and demands to be taken seriously.  2009.

Draper, Sharon
Romiette and Julio
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Romiette, an African-American girl, and Julio, a Hispanic boy, discover that they attend the same high school after falling in love on the Internet, but are harrassed by a gang whose members object to their interracial dating.  1999.

Draper, Sharon
November Blues
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A teenaged boy's death in a hazing accident has lasting effects on his pregnant girlfriend and his guilt-ridden cousin, who gives up a promising music career to play football during his senior year in high school.  2007.

Flake, Sharon
Money Hungry
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All thirteen-year-old Raspberry can think of is making money so that she and her mother never have to worry about living on the streets again.  2001.

Flake, Sharon
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Adonis is smart, intellectually gifted and born without legs; Autumn is strong, a great wrestler, and barely able to read in ninth grade--but Autumn is attracted to Adonis and determined to make him a part of her life whatever he or her best friend thinks.  2012.

Fleischman, Paul
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One by one, a number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash-filled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden, and in doing so, the gardeners are themselves transformed.  1997.

Folan, Karyn Langhorne
Breaking Point (Bluford High Series)
JUV F6952.b YA
Vicky Fallon can't take it. Her father has lost his job. Her parents are constantly fighting, and her troubled little brother is out of control. Once an honor student, Vicky is quickly falling behind in her classes at Bluford High. Now her teachers, friends, and new boyfriend, Martin Luna, want answers. Pressured from all sides, Vicky knows something is about to snap. But the explosion that hits her home is worse than anything she could image.--Book back cover.  2011.

Folan, Karyn Longhorne
Pretty Ugly (Bluford High Series)
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Jamee Wills never expected Vanessa Pierce and her friends to go this far. The trouble starts at cheerleading practice when Vanessa begins teasing Angel McAllister, a shy new girl at Bluford High. When the insults turn nasty, Jamee tries to stop them. She wins Angel's friendship but makes many enemies. Now Jamee is a target, and someone is texting lies and pictures of her all over school. Unwilling to tell her family or snitch on her fellow cheerleaders, Jamee is cornered. Will her next move solve her problems--or make them worse?--From back cover.  2011.

Gauch, Patricia Lee
Night Talks
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Three well-intentioned teenage classmates from a well-to-to Detroit suburb share their summer camp tent with an under-privileged inner city girl, resulting in unexpected turns of events.  1983.

Giles, Lamar
Fake ID
JUV G3925.f YA
"An African-American teen in the Witness Protection Program moves to a new town and finds himself trying to solve a murder mystery when his first friend is found dead"-- Provided by publisher.  2014.

Grimes, Nikki
Bronx Masquerade
JUV G8852.b YA
While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they've written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.  2002.

Kern, Peggy
No Way Out (Bluford High Series)
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Bluford High freshman Harold Davis is trapped. Medical bills for his sick grandmother are piling up, and a social worker has threatened to put him in a foster home. Desperate for money, he reluctantly agrees to work for Londell James, a neighborhood drug dealer. Will Harold escape the violence that surrounds him?.  2009.

Kern, Peggy
The Test (Bluford High Series)
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Liselle Mason is in trouble. For weeks, she ignored the changes in her body and tried to forget her brief relationship with Oscar Price, her moody classmate at Bluford High. But when Liselle's clothes stop fitting, and her brother notices her growing belly, she panics. A pregnancy test confirms her biggest fears. Unwilling to admit the truth, Liselle suddenly faces a world with no easy answers. Where will she turn? Who will she tell? What will she do?--From back cover.  2011.

Langan John
Search for Safety (Bluford High Series)
JUV L25744.s YA
Tells the story of Ben McKee, a new sophomore at Bluford High School. At home, Ben is living a nightmare. His mother has married Larry, an abusive man who wants nothing to do with his stepson. And when Larry loses his job and starts drinking, Ben finds himself -- and his mother -- in grave danger.  2007

Langan, Paul
Blood is Thicker (Bluford High Series)
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Hakeem has a hard time adjusting when, due to his father's sickness, Hakeem and his family must move in with his uncle in distant Detroit, especially when he has to share his room with his moody cousin Savon.  2004.

Langan, Paul
The Fallen (Bluford High Series)
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This sequel to Brothers in Arms picks up the story of Martin Luna as he struggles to rebuild his life after the death of his little brother. In trouble at Bluford High School for fighting, Martin faces an even bigger problem at home: Frankie, the most feared homeboy from his neighborhood, is hunting him.  2007.

Langan, Paul
The Gun (Bluford High Series)
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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 see only ones solution to his problems-- a gun.  2002.

Langan, Paul
Promises to Keep (Bluford High Series)
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"No one likes Tyray Hobbs. Once a feared bully, he's become an outcast. At Bluford High, his peers taunt him for how he treated them. At home, his parents punish him for the trouble he's caused. Unable to escape his reputation or his past, Tyray is desperate. And when an unlikely friendship develops, he clings to it like a lifeline. Now that connection is threatened, and Tyray faces his toughest decision yet. Will his next move lead him to ruin or redemption--or both?" --Publisher description.  2013.

Langan, Paul
Schooled (Bluford High Series)
JUV L2575.s YA
There's no backing down for Lionel Shepard. With a dream of joining the NBA, all he wants to do at Bluford High is play Basketball. But everyone's trying to stop him. Bad grades, bad advice from family members and friends. Will he pursue his dream or get caught in a nightmare?.  2009.

Langan, Paul
Shattered (Bluford High Series)
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Continues the story of Darcy Wills as she begins her junior year at Bluford High School. Eager to repair her relationship with her old boyfriend Hakeem, Darcy discovers that one of her biggest fears has come true. And worse: her closest friends have been secretly lying to her.  2007.

Langan, Paul
Summer of Secrets (BLuford High Series)
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When a frightening ordeal turns her life upside down, Darcy reaches out to her friends for help, but discovers that one of them has an even bigger secret.  2010.

Langan, Paul
Survivor (Bluford High Series)
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"Tarah Carson has hidden the secret for years. No one--not her mother, her friends at Bluford High, or even her boyfriend, Cooper Hodden--knows what her uncle did to her years ago. Tarah hoped to keep it that way. But an upcoming reunion is forcing Tarah's past into the present." --Back cover.  2013.

Mahy, Margaret
24 Hours
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During his first twenty-four hours after finishing high school, seventeen-year-old Ellis unexpectedly becomes part of an inner-city world far different from his comfortable life, which helps deal with his best friend's recent suicide.  2000.

McDonald, Janet
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Fifteen-year-old Cameron living with her single mother in Brooklyn finds her search for identity further challenged when she discovers that she is the product of a biracial relationship.  2007.

McDonald, Janet
Twists and Turns
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With the help of a couple of successful friends, eighteen- and nineteen-year-old Teesha and Keeba try to capitalize on their talents by opening a hair salon in the run-down Brooklyn housing project where they live.  2003.

McKissack Jr, Fredrick
Shooting Star
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Jomo Rogers, a naturally talented athlete, starts taking performance enhancing drugs in order to be an even better high school football player, but finds his life spinning out of control as his game improves.  2009.

Mowry, Jess
Babylon Boyz
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Inner-city teenagers find a suitcase full of cocaine and must decide whether to sell it and take the opportunities the money would provide or to destroy it to keep the drug from poisoning their community.  1997.

Myers, Walter Dean
Autobiography Of My Dead Brother
JUV M995.a YA
Jesse uses his sketchbook and comic strips to make sense of his home in Harlem and the loss of a close friendship. The thing was that me and Rise were blood brothers, but sometimes I really didn't know him. . . . And so Jesse fills his sketchbook with drawings and portraits of his blood brother, Rise, and his comic strip, Spodi Roti and Wise, as he makes sense of the complexities of friendship, loyalty, and loss in a neighborhood where drive-bys, vicious gangs, and abusive cops are everyday realities.  2005.

Myers, Walter Dean
Dope Sick
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Seeing no way out of his difficult life in Harlem, seventeen-year-old Jeremy "Lil J" Dance flees into a house after a drug deal goes awry and meets a weird man who shows different turning points in Lil J's life when he could have made better choices.  2009.

Myers, Walter Dean
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If Harlem high school senior Drew Lawson is going to realize his dream of playing college, then professional, basketball, he will have to improve at being coached and being a team player, especially after a new--white--student threatens to take the scouts' attention away from him.  2008.

Myers, Walter Dean
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Teenage Reese, serving time at a juvenile detention facility, gets a lesson in making it through hard times from an unlikely friend with a harrowing past.  2010.

Myers, Walter Dean
JUV M995.mon YA
While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.  1999.

Myers, Walter Dean
145th Street: Short Stories
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Ten stories portray life on a block in Harlem.  2000. 

Neri, Greg
Chess Rumble
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Branded a troublemaker due to his anger over everything from being bullied to his sister's death a year before, Marcus begins to control himself and cope with his problems at home and at his inner-city school when an unlikely mentor teaches him to play chess.  2007.

Pearsall, Shelley
All Of The Above
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Five urban middle school students, their teacher, and other community members relate how a school project to build the world's largest tetrahedron affects the lives of everyone involved.  2006.

Powell, Randy
Whistling Toilets
While coaching tennis for a group of inner city "runts" as well as for his friend Ginny, a star player, sixteen-year-old Stan grows in understanding himself and others.   1996.

Scholz, Jackson
Fielder From Nowhere
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A professional baseball player organizes baseball games for boys in the inner city but almost loses his career and the support of the boys because of a grim reminder of his past.  1993.

Schraff, Anne
Lost and Found (Bluford High Series bk 1)
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After a mysterious stranger starts following her and a threatening note is left on her desk at Bluford High School, Darcy Wills must race against time to save her missing sister.  2002.

Volponi, Paul
Final Four
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Four players at the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament struggle with the pressures of tournament play and the expectations of society at large.  2012

Volponi, Paul
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Still reeling from seeing police shoot his unarmed cousin to death on the roof of a New York City housing project, seventeen-year-old Clay is dragged into the whirlwind of political manipulation that follows.  2006.

Williams-Garcia, Rita
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The lives of Leticia, Dominique, and Trina are irrevocably intertwined through the course of one day in an urban high school after Leticia overhears Dominique's plans to beat up Trina and must decide whether or not to get involved.  2009.

Wolff, Virginia
Make Lemonade
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In order to earn money for college, fourteen-year-old LaVaughn babysits for a teenage mother.  1993.

Wolff, Virginia
True Believer
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Living in the inner city amidst guns and poverty, fifteen-year-old LaVaughn learns from old and new friends, and inspiring mentors, that life is what you make it--an occasion to rise to.  2001.

Woodson, Jacqueline
After Tupac And D Foster
JUV W869.a YA
In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.  2008.

Woodson, Jacqueline
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In a series of poems, eleven-year-old Lonnie writes about his life, after the death of his parents, separated from his younger sister, living in a foster home, and finding his poetic voice at school.  2003.