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Young Adult - Dealing with Contemporary Racial and Cultural Prejudice

Does My Head Look Big in This?
Does My Head Look Big in This? (2007)
Randa Abdel-Fattah
Year Eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, would be tough enough, but it is further complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time as a badge of her faith--without losing her identity or sense of style.
 
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007)
Sherman Alexie
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
 
Mexican Whiteboy
Mexican Whiteboy (2008)
Matt de la Pena
Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.
 
The Courage to Be Yourself: true stories by teens about cliques, conflicts, and overcoming peer pressure
The Courage to Be Yourself: true stories by teens about cliques, conflicts, and overcoming peer pressure (2005)
Al Desetta
In 26 first-person stories, real teens write about their lives and how hard it is to be themselves--especially when they're bullied, picked on, pressured, excluded, and disrespected. They ask tough questions, like "Why does everyone have such a problem with me?" and "Should I change myself to fit in?" Maybe you've asked yourself these questions.
Call Number: HQ796 .C8235 2005
 
Black, White, Other
Black, White, Other (2011)
Joan Steinau Lester
Twenty miles from Oakland, California, where fires have led to racial tension, multi-racial fifteen-year-old Nina faces the bigotry of long-time friends, her parents' divorce, and her brother's misbehavior, while learning of her great-great grandmother Sarah's escape from slavery.
 
Clone Codes
Clone Codes (2010)
Pat McKissack
On the run from a bounty hunter who arrested her mother for being part of a secret society devoted to freeing clones, thirteen-year-old Leanna learns amazing truths about herself and her family as she is forced to consider the value of freedom and what it really means to be human in 2170 America.
 
Black and White
Black and White (2005)
Paul Volponi
Two star high school basketball players, one black and one white, experience the justice system differently after committing a crime together and getting caught.
 
If You Come Softly
If You Come Softly  (1998)
Jacqueline Woodson
After meeting at their private school in New York, fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and whose parents are separated, and Ellie, who is white and whose mother has twice abandoned her, fall in love and then try to cope with people's reactions.
 
American Born Chinese
American Born Chinese (2006)
Gene Luen Yang
A graphic novel alternating between three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture.
 
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