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Not Just February

by Kristi Starr


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1 White Smoke - Tiffany D. Jackson
2 Better, Not Bitter - Yusef Salaam
3 Punching the Air - Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam
4 This Is My America - Kim Johnson
5 Not So Pure and Simple - Lamar Giles
6 Dear Justyce - Nic Stone
7 Charming As A Verb - Ben Philippe
8 Legendborn - Tracy Deonn
9 Slay - Brittney Morris
10 The Taking of Jake Livingston - Ryan Douglass
11 Me (Moth) - Amber McBride
12 Opposite of Always - Justin A. Reynolds
13 Ace of Spades - Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
14 Instructions for Dancing - Nicola Yoon
15 Blackout - Clayton, Jackson, Stone, Thomas, Woodfolk, Yoon
16 Attucks! Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened a City - Phillip Hoose
17 Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man - Emmanuel Acho
18 Black Girl Unlimited - Echo Brown
19 Grown - Tiffany D. Jackson
20 Notes From a Young Black Chef - Kwame Onwuachi
21 Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry - Joya Goffney
22 Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent - Isabel Wilkerson
White Smoke
by Tiffany D. Jackson
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Marigold is running from ghosts. The phantoms of her old life keep haunting her, but a move with her newly blended family from their small California beach town to the embattled Midwestern city of Cedarville might be the fresh start she needs. Her mom has accepted a new job with the Sterling Foundation that comes with a free house, one that Mari now has to share with her bratty ten-year-old stepsister, Piper.

The renovated picture-perfect home on Maple Street, sitting between dilapidated houses, surrounded by wary neighbors has its . . . secrets. That’s only half the problem: household items vanish, doors open on their own, lights turn off, shadows walk past rooms, voices can be heard in the walls, and there’s a foul smell seeping through the vents only Mari seems to notice. Worse: Piper keeps talking about a friend who wants Mari gone.

But “running from ghosts” is just a metaphor, right?

As the house closes in, Mari learns that the danger isn’t limited to Maple Street. Cedarville has its secrets, too. And secrets always find their way through the cracks.
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Better, Not Bitter
by Yusef Salaam
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They didn't know who they had.

So begins Yusef Salaam telling his story. No one's life is the sum of the worst things that happened to them, and during Yusef Salaam's seven years of wrongful incarceration as one of the Central Park Five, he grew from child to man, and gained a spiritual perspective on life. Yusef learned that we're all "born on purpose, with a purpose." Despite having confronted the racist heart of America while being "run over by the spiked wheels of injustice," Yusef channeled his energy and pain into something positive, not just for himself but for other marginalized people and communities.
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Punching the Air
by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam
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The story that I thought
was my life
didn’t start on the day
I was born
Amal Shahid has always been an artist and a poet. But even in a diverse art school, he’s seen as disruptive and unmotivated by a biased system. Then one fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighborhood escalates into tragedy. “Boys just being boys” turns out to be true only when those boys are white.
The story that I think
will be my life
starts today
Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal’s bright future is upended: he is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art. This never should have been his story. But can he change it?
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