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Great African-American Fiction: Grades 3-5

Compelling characters and interesting tales are perfect reads for your 8- to 10-year-old for any time of year.
 
Safe at Home
Safe at Home
by Sharon Robinson

Ten-year-old Elijiah Breeze, a.k.a. Jumper, is having the hardest summer of his life. His father has just died; his mother has moved them from the suburbs to New York City's Harlem area; and he has to spend the summer at baseball camp. Basketball is Jumper's game.

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Samuel's Choice
Samuel's Choice
by Richard Berleth Illustrated by James Watling

This story, based on actual incidents and battles in the Revolutionary War, brings readers right into the action — a 14-year-old slave named Samuel faces a difficult choice when only he can help the colonists during the Battle of Long Island, the first battle of the Revolutionary War.

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More Than Anything Else
More Than Anything Else
by Marie Bradby Illustrated by Chris K. Soentpiet
A fictionalized story about the life of young Booker T. Washington. Living in a West Virginia settlement after emancipation, nine-year-old Booker travels by lantern light to the salt works, where he labors from dawn till dusk.
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Koya Delaney and the Good Girl Blues
Koya Delaney and the Good Girl Blues
by Eloise Greenfield

Little Koya Delaney has a knack for hiding what she truly feels with her infectious laugh that leaves everyone happy — except herself. Koya is upset by an argument that her sister Loritha had with her dear friend Dawn right before a double-dutch jump rope contest.

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Gloria's Way
Gloria's Way
by Ann Cameron Illustrated by Lis Toft

By the author of The Secret Life of Amanda K Woods and The Stories Julian Tells.

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Freedom Crossing
Freedom Crossing
by Margaret Goff Clark

Although she lives in the North, Laura Eastman's ties to the South and what it stands for are strong. And she is firm in her conviction that the Southern states have the right to maintain their own laws and beliefs, even those concerning slavery.

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Circle of Gold
Circle of Gold
by Candy Dawson Boyd

This Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book and Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies tells the story of one fatherless young girl who tries her best to improve her family's situation.

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Abby Takes a Stand
Abby Takes a Stand
by Patricia C. McKissack Illustrated by Gordon C. James
Gee recalls for her grandchildren what happened in 1960 in Nashville, Tennessee, when she, aged ten, passed out flyers while her cousin and other adults held sit-ins at restaurants and lunch counters to protest segregation.
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Tree of Hope
Tree of Hope
by Amy Littlesugar Illustrated by Floyd Cooper
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