Best Teen & Young Adult Cultural Heritage Biographies Books

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1. Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High

Author: by Melba Pattillo Beals
English
240 pages
1416948821

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In this essential autobiographical account by one of the Civil Rights Movement’s most powerful figures, Melba Pattillo Beals of the Little Rock Nine explores not only the oppressive force of racism, but the ability of young people to change ideas of race and identity.

In 1957, well before Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech, Melba Pattillo Beals and eight other teenagers became iconic symbols for the Civil Rights Movement and the dismantling of Jim Crow in the American South as they integrated Little Rock’s Central High School in the wake of the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v.Board of Education.

Throughout her harrowing ordeal, Melba was taunted by her schoolmates and their parents, threatened by a lynch mob’s rope, attacked with lighted sticks of dynamite, and injured by acid sprayed in her eyes. But through it all, she acted with dignity and courage, and refused to back down.

Warriors Don’t Cry is, at times, a difficult but necessary reminder of the valuable lessons we can learn from our nation’s past. It is a story of courage and the bravery of a handful of young, black students who used their voices to influence change during a turbulent time.


2. Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team

Author: by Steve Sheinkin
Square Fish
English
288 pages

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More than 800,000 copies in print! From the author of critically acclaimed and bestselling memoir Falling Leaves, this is a poignant and moving true account of her childhood, growing up as an unloved daughter in 1940s China. A Chinese proverb says, “Falling leaves return to their roots.” In her own courageous voice, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph in the face of despair.

Adeline’s affluent, powerful family considers her bad luck after her mother dies giving birth to her, and life does not get any easier when her father remarries. Adeline and her siblings are subjected to the disdain of her stepmother, while her stepbrother and stepsister are spoiled with gifts and attention.

Although Adeline wins prizes at school, they are not enough to compensate for what she really yearns for – the love and understanding of her family. Like the classic Cinderella story, this powerful memoir is a moving story of resilience and hope.


4. Badass Black Girl: Quotes, Questions, and Affirmations for Teens (Teen and YA Maturing, Cultural heritage, Women Biographies)

Author: by M.J. Fievre
Mango (January 14, 2020)
English
208 pages

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A Daily Dose of Affirmations for Black Girls”You’ll come away from Badass Black Girl feeling as if you’ve known the author your entire life, and it’s a rare feat for any writer.” “Mike, the Poet,” author of Dear Woman and The Boyfriend Book.

#1 Best Seller and Gift Idea in Teen & Young Adult Cultural Heritage Biographies, Publishers Weekly Select Title for Young Readers, 2021 In the Margins Book Award Winner, Top Title for YA NonfictionAffirmations for strong, fearless Black girls. Wisdom from Badass Black female trailblazers who accomplished remarkable things in literature, entertainment, education, STEM, business, military and government services, politics and law, activism, sports, spirituality, and more.

Explore the many facets of your identity through hundreds of big and small questions. In this book and journal created for teenage Black girls, MJ Fievre tackles topics such as family and friends, school and careers, body image, and stereotypes.

By reflecting on these topics, you confront the issues that can hold you back from living your best life and discovering your Black girl bliss. Embrace authenticity and celebrate who you are. Finding the courage to live as you are is not easy, so here’s a journal designed to help you nurture creativity, positive self-awareness, and the strength and spirit of Black girls.


5. All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto

Author: by George M. Johnson
English
320 pages
0374312710

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An Amazon Best Book of the Year optioned for television by Gabrielle Union! In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys.

Both a primer for teens eager to be allies as well as a reassuring testimony for young queer men of color, All Boys Aren’t Blue covers topics such as gender identity, toxic masculinity, brotherhood, family, structural marginalization, consent, and Black joy.

Johnson’s emotionally frank style of writing will appeal directly to young adults.


6. Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea

Author: by Sungju Lee
Amulet Paperbacks
English
344 pages

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Every Falling Star, the first book to portray contemporary North Korea to a young audience, is the intense memoir of a North Korean boy named Sungju who was forced at age twelve to live on the streets and fend for himself.

To survive, Sungju creates a gang and lives by thieving, fighting, begging, and stealing rides on cargo trains. Sungju richly recreates his scabrous story, depicting what it was like for a boy alone to create a new family with his gang, his brothers, to daily be hungry and to fear arrest, imprisonment, and even execution.

This riveting memoir allows young readers to learn about other cultures where freedoms they take for granted do not exist.


7. Discovering Wes Moore

Author: by Wes Moore
Ember (September 10, 2013)
English
160 pages

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For fans of The Wire and Unbroken comes a story of two fatherless boys from Baltimore, both named Wes Moore. One is in prison, serving a life sentence for murder. The other is a Rhodes Scholar, an army veteran, and an author whose book is being turned into a movie produced by Oprah Winfrey.

The story of the other Wes Moore is one that the author couldn’t get out of his mind, not since he learned that another boy with his namejust two years his seniorgrew up in the same Baltimore neighborhood. He wrote that boynow a mana letter, not expecting to receive a reply.

But a reply came, and a friendship grew, as letters turned into visits and the two men got to know each other. Eventually, that friendship became the inspiration for Discovering Wes Moore, a moving and cautionary tale examining the factors that contribute to success and failureand the choices that make all the difference.Two men.

One overcame adversity. The other suffered the indignities of poverty. Their stories are chronicled in Discovering Wes Moore, a book for young people based on Wes Moore’s bestselling adult memoir, The Other Wes Moore. Includes an 8-page photo insert. Praise for Discovering Wes Moore Moore wisely opens the door for teens to contemplate their own answers and beliefs, while laying out his own experiences honestly and openly.


8. 100 African-Americans Who Shaped American History (100 Series)

Author: by Chrisanne Beckner
Bluewood Books
English
112 pages

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Teeming with interesting nuggets of fact and information, 100 African Americans Who Shaped American History includes such legendary men and women as Benjamin Banneker, Dred Scott, Mary Church Terrell, George Washington Carver and Bessie Smith. Also included are Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall and many, many more.

Organized chronologically and meticulously researched, this book provides an educational look at the prominent role that these individuals played and how their varied talents, ideas and expertise contributed to American history. Concise & Easy to Read Text* Fully Illustrated * Includes Index, Time Line, Trivia Quiz & Suggested Projects* Makes History Fun!

Bluewood Books’ “100 Series” includes 28 additional fun and educational titles, including:* 100 Hispanic Americans Who Shaped American History* 100 Native Americans Who Shaped American History* 100 Scientists Who Shaped World History* 100 American Women Who Shaped American History* 100 Athletes Who Shaped Sports History* 100 Inventions That Shaped World History* 100 Artists Who Shaped World History* …And many more!


9. Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High

Author: by Melba Pattillo Beals
Washington Square Press
English
312 pages

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In this essential autobiographical account by one of the Civil Rights Movement’s most powerful figures, Melba Pattillo Beals of the Little Rock Nine explores not only the oppressive force of racism, but the ability of young people to change ideas of race and identity.

In 1957, well before Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech, Melba Pattillo Beals and eight other teenagers became iconic symbols for the Civil Rights Movement and the dismantling of Jim Crow in the American South as they integrated Little Rock’s Central High School in the wake of the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v.Board of Education.

Throughout her harrowing ordeal, Melba was taunted by her schoolmates and their parents, threatened by a lynch mob’s rope, attacked with lighted sticks of dynamite, and injured by acid sprayed in her eyes. But through it all, she acted with dignity and courage, and refused to back down.

Warriors Don’t Cry is, at times, a difficult but necessary reminder of the valuable lessons we can learn from our nation’s past. It is a story of courage and the bravery of a handful of young, black students who used their voices to influence change during a turbulent time.

10. Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card

Author: by Sara Saedi
Ember
English
304 pages

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In development as a television series from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine production company and ABC Studios! This hilarious, poignant and true story of one teen’s experience growing up in America as an undocumented immigrant from the Middle East is an increasingly necessary read in today’s divisive world.

Perfect for fans of Mindy Kaling and Trevor Noah’s books. Very funny but never flippant, Saedi mixes 90s pop culture references, adolescent angst and Iranian history into an intimate, informative narrative. The New York Times At thirteen, bright-eyed, straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: she was breaking the law simply by living in the United States.

Only two years old when her parents fled Iran, she didn’t learn of her undocumented status until her older sister wanted to apply for an after-school job, but couldn’t because she didn’t have a Social Security number. Fear of deportation kept Sara up at night, but it didn’t keep her from being a teenager.

11. We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success

Author: by Sampson Davis
Puffin Books
English
194 pages

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Growing up on the rough streets of Newark, New Jersey, Rameck, George,and Sampson could easily have followed their childhood friends into drug dealing, gangs, and prison. But when a presentation at their school made the three boys aware of the opportunities available to them in the medical and dental professions, they made a pact among themselves that they would become doctors.

It took a lot of determinationand a lot of support from one anotherbut despite all the hardships along the way, the three succeeded. Retold with the help of an award-winning author, this younger adaptation of the adult hit novel The Pact is a hard-hitting, powerful, and inspirational book that will speak to young readers everywhere.

12. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

Author: by Phillip Hoose
Square Fish
English
160 pages

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“When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can’t sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, ‘This is not right.'” – Claudette Colvin On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed up with the daily injustices of Jim Crow segregation, refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

Instead of being celebrated as Rosa Parks would be just nine months later, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin found herself shunned by her classmates and dismissed by community leaders. Undaunted, a year later she dared to challenge segregation again as a key plaintiff in Browder v.

Gayle, the landmark case that struck down the segregation laws of Montgomery and swept away the legal underpinnings of the Jim Crow South. Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.

13. Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir

Author: by Margarita Engle
English
224 pages
148143523X

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In this poetic memoir, which won the Pura Belpr Author Award, was a YALSA Nonfiction Finalist, and was named a Walter Dean Myers Award Honoree, acclaimed author Margarita Engle tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War.

Margarita is a girl from two worlds. Her heart lies in Cuba, her mother’s tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lives in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island.

Words and images are her constant companions, friendly and comforting when the children at school are not. Then a revolution breaks out in Cuba. Margarita fears for her far-away family. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupts at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Margarita’s worlds collide in the worst way possible.

How can the two countries she loves hate each other so much? And will she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?

14. Empowered Black Girl: Joyful Affirmations and Words of Resilience (Teen and YA Maturing, Self-Esteem, Cultural Heritage, For Fans of Badass Black Girl)

Author: by M.J. Fievre
Mango (January 19, 2021)
English
224 pages

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Inspirational Affirmations from Fabulous Black Female Trailblazers Fievre’s tips for affirmations and other positive strategies are the tools her readers will be able to utilize in their lives. It’s time for us Black girls and Black women to be empowered, and I’m glad we have Fievre to show us the way.

Monique Jones, author of The Book of Awesome Black Americans #1 New Release in Teen & Young Adult Maturing, Cultural Heritage, and Women Biographies Even strong, fearless, and badass Black girls and Black women need affirmations. Now more than ever, we need to practice the art of self-care and give our minds and bodies the TLC they deserve.

Author of Badass Black Girl and Happy, Okay?M. J Fievre brings you inspirational words of wisdom through fabulous Black female trailblazers who have changed the world, including Audre Lorde, Lupita Nyong’o and Angela Davis.Take a deep breath. We don’t always have to be strong.

Sometimes, taking a break to focus on our mental health is bravery in itself. We find ourselves needing reminders that we are incredible and more than enough. Empowered Black Girl: Joyful Affirmations and Words of Resilience teaches you to: Learn the habit of using affirmations daily Experience a life filled with love, Black joy, fulfillment, and satisfaction Take control of your destiny Strengthen your self-esteem The Radical self-affirmation you deserve.

15. The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival

Author: by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess
Bloomsbury YA
English
384 pages

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The stunning memoir of a Muslim teen struggling to survive in the midst of the Bosnian genocide-and the stray cat who protected her family through it all. Six Starred Reviews*A YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction FinalistA Capitol Choices Remarkable BookA Mighty Girl Best BookA Malala Fund Favorite Book SelectionIn 1992, Amra was a teen in Bihac, Bosnia, when her best friend said they couldn’t speak anymore.

Her friend didn’t say why, but Amra knew the reason: Amra was Muslim. It was the first sign her world was changing. Then Muslim refugees from other Bosnian cities started arriving, fleeing Serbian persecution. When the tanks rolled into Bihac, bringing her own city under seige, Amra’s happy life in her peaceful city vanished.

But there is light even in the darkest of times, and she discovered that light in the warm, bonfire eyes of a stray cat. The little calico had followed the refugees into the city and lost her own family. At first, Amra doesn’t want to bother with a stray; her family doesn’t have the money to keep a pet.

16. How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child

Author: by Sandra Uwiringiyimana
Katherine Tegen Books
English
304 pages

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Junior Library Guild Selection * New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens * Goodreads Choice Awards Nonfiction Finalist * Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books for Teens: Nonfiction * 2018 Texas Topaz Nonfiction List * YALSA’s 2018 Quick Picks List * Bank Street’s 2018 Best Books of the YearThis gut-wrenching, poetic memoir reminds us that no life story can be reduced to the word refugee.'” New York Times Book ReviewA critical piece of literature, contributing to the larger refugee narrative in a way that is complex and nuanced.

School Library Journal (starred review)This profoundly moving memoir is the remarkable and inspiring true story of Sandra Uwiringiyimana, a girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who tells the tale of how she survived a massacre, immigrated to America, and overcame her trauma through art and activism.

Sandra was just ten years old when she found herself with a gun pointed at her head. She had watched as rebels gunned down her mother and six-year-old sister in a refugee camp. Remarkably, the rebel didn’t pull the trigger, and Sandra escaped.