I rise I rise I rise: African American historical fiction

Chains: Seeds of America. Laurie Halse Anderson. Y Anderson.
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation. Volume One: The Pox Party. M.T. Anderson. Y Anderson.
Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War. Also read the sequel: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation. Volume Two: The Kingdom on the Waves.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham. James Curtis. JPB Curtis.
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.

**new** Mare’s War. Tanita S. Davis. Y Davis.
Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women’s Army Corps.

Copper Sun. Sharon Draper. Y Draper.
Two fifteen-year-old girls–one a slave and the other an indentured servant–escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.

The Slave Dancer. Paula Fox. J Fox.
In this powerful, Newbery Medal-winning classic, a 13-year-old boy is kidnapped and brought aboard a slave ship, where he is forced to play music that will entice the slaves to exercise.

Time’s Memory. Julius Lester. Y Lester.
Ekundayo, a Dogon spirit brought to America from Africa, inhabits the body of a young African American slave on a Virginia plantation, where he experiences loss, sorrow, and reconciliation in the months preceding the Civil War.

Day of Tears. Julius Lester. Y Lester.
Emma has taken care of the Butler children since Sarah and Frances’s mother, Fanny, left. Emma wants to raise the girls to have good hearts, as a rift over slavery has ripped the Butler household apart. Now, to pay off debts, Pierce Butler wants to cash in his slave “assets”, possibly including Emma.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Mildred D. Taylor. J Taylor.
A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand. Also read the sequel: Let the Circle Be Unbroken.

Sunrise Over Fallujah.Walter Dean Myers. Y Myers.
Robin “Birdy” Perry, a new army recruit from Harlem, isn’t quite sure why he joined the army, but he’s sure where he’s headed: Iraq. Birdy and the others in the Civilian Affairs Battalion are supposed to help secure and stabilize the country and successfully interact with the Iraqi people. Officially, the code name for their maneuvers is Operation Iraqi Freedom. But the young men and women in the CA unit have a simpler name for it: WAR

The Glory Field. Walter Dean Myers. YPB Myers.
Follows a family’s two-hundred-fifty-year history, from the capture of an African boy in the 1750s through the lives of his descendents, as their dreams and circumstances lead them away from and back to the small plot of land in South Carolina that they call the Glory Field.

Taking Liberty: the story of Oney Judge, George Washington’s runaway slave. Ann Rinaldi. Y Rinaldi.
After serving Martha Washington loyally for twenty years, Oney Judge realizes that she is just a slave and must decide if she will run away to find true freedom.

**new** Flygirl. Sherri Smith. Y Smith.
During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl “passes” for white in order to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

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