Okay, I’m an African American (but, I’ll preface my comments by saying that I grew up predominantly around European Americans until I was 16). The books that I’m going to suggest aren’t necessarily “African American” books, but I think that they deal with themes that ALL teens can relate to. The graphic novels Palestine, Maus, and A.D. New Orleans, these all deal with populations that have had to deal with oppression and adversity. The other books that I would recommend are: Shine, Hate List, 13 Reasons, The Hunger Games, The Freedom Writers,Bruiser, Staying Fat For Sarah Byrnes, and Looking for Alaska.
You also might want to read The Rose that Grew from Concrete, I think this book would be really good if you study any poetry.
During my teens, I was a star runner, a runaway, foster child, gang member and when I didn’t have to worry about taking care of myself, I was/am a hippie. The one thing that I can say, is that sometimes it’s nice to escape from your everyday life and see that some teen experiences are universal, like wanting to know that you’re safe and loved; if you’re a teen in the inner city, Palestine, or a rural community, there’s always someone who’s a little higher up on the food chain than you are.
- Trayvon Ma
rtin, and questions we should all be asking ourselves (livin4twink.com)
- The Hunger Games/Trayvon Martin Connection (thirtythreadbaremercies.wordpress.com)
- Lessons from Trayvon Martin: Some Rules for African-American Boys’ Survival (uzimacommunityblog.wordpress.com)
- I Am Who I Am – Reflections of an African-American Ambassador in Zimbabwe (asnycnowradio.wordpress.com)