Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.
Three Southern children, two black and one white, escape from their homes during the horrors of the Civil War and, after meeting in the woods, gradually come to rely on each other as they make their way slowly north, enduring hunger, fear, sickness, and constant danger, before arriving in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.
Seventeen-year-old Antonio and his 16-year-old girlfriend Natashsa have their world turned upside down when Antonio finds himself in jail, accused of a shocking crime. This powerful story is told through letters.
Fifteen-year-old Amari is branded, beaten, dragged on to a slave ship, and forced to endure humiliations– including being sold to a plantation owner in the Carolinas who gives her to his 15-year-old son as his birthday present.
The summer after his absentee father is killed in a random shooting, Paul volunteers at a Harlem soup kitchen where he listens to lessons about "the social contract" from an elderly African American man, and mentors a seventeen-year-old unwed mother who wants to make it to college on a basketball scholarship.
Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school's varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.
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.
Follows the Kansas City Central High School's debate squad through its 2002 season, which ended with a top-ten finish at the national championships, in this story of four debaters and their coach at an inner-city school.
Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping.
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.
With the encouragement of one of her teachers, a Chinese American high school senior asserts herself against her demanding, old-school mother and carves out an identity for herself in late 1980s San Francisco.
Emigrating with her mother from Hong Kong to Brooklyn, Kimberly Chang begins a secret double life as an exceptional schoolgirl during the day and sweatshop worker at night, an existence also marked by her first crush and the pressure to save her family from poverty.
Two teens find each other surrounded by the destruction left in the wake of the most devastating tsunami the world has ever seen. Ruslan is a native of Aceh and is in search of his missing father. Sarah is an American girl who has already lost her mother and is now struggling to find medical treatment for her sick brother.
Korean American high school student Joyce Kim feels like a nonentity compared to her beautiful older sister, and when her aunt offers to pay for plastic surgery on her eyes, she jumps at the chance, thinking it will change her life for the better.
In India in the 1940's, 13-year-old Leela's happy, spoiled childhood ends when her husband since age nine dies, leaving her a widow whose only hope of happiness could come from Mahatma Ghandi's social and political reforms.
Eleven-year old Shabanu, the daughter of a nomad in the Cholistan Desert in Pakistan, is pledged in marriage to an older man whose money will bring prestige to the family. She must either accept the decision, as is the custom, or risk the consequences of defying her father's wishes.
Jin is a boy faced with the casual racism of fellow students and the pressure of his crush on a Caucasian girl; the Monkey King, a character from Chinese folklore, has attained great power but feels he is being held back because of what the gods perceive as his lowly status; and Danny, a popular high-school student, suffers through an annual visit from his cousin Chin-Kee, a walking, talking compendium of exaggerated Chinese stereotypes.
Dennis, the son of Chinese immigrants, yearns to play video games like his friends and, upon his strict father's death, becomes obsessed with them but later, realizing how his father sacrificed for him, he chooses a nobler path.
A trapped miner tries to save himself and his co-workers when they are trapped hundreds of feet underground, while the mining company and the government attempt a daring rescue and the workers' families keep a hopeful vigil.
Upholding her family traditions throughout her lifetime, dutiful Indo-American sari maker Lakshmi Sen agrees to marry an upstanding doctor selected for her by her widowed mother, employs her mystical abilities to identify the perfect fabrics for her customers, and finds herself falling in love with a famous actress's bodyguard.
A prize-winning poet's first work of fiction describes the love story between Babo, an Indian man, and Sian, a fair-skinned woman from Wales, who forged a life for themselves and their hybrid family in Madras, India.
This multigenerational story is about the Ganguli family, who arrive in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from Calcutta in the 1960s. Over forty years, the reader follows the arranged marriage of Western-oriented Ashoke and his traditional wife, Ashima, and the efforts of their children to live both American and Indian lives.
In 1969, in Kerala, India, Rahel and her twin brother, Estha, struggle to forge a childhood for themselves amid the destruction of their family life, as they discover that the entire world can be transformed in a single moment.
From the moment of her birth, Parvati seems to be capable of a mystical power that manifests itself in her inspired classical Indian dance. This talented dancer sacrifices family and friends for her art.
American soldier, Sam, falls in love with Mila, the daughter of a local political agent in western India. Thier doomed love affair is told on told on the stage of a country torn between imperialism and nationalism.
In the 1960s, Rico Fuentes, a pale-skinned Cuban American teenager, abandons drug-infested New York City for the picket fence and apple pie world of Wisconsin, only to discover that he still feels like an outsider and that violent and judgmental people can be found even in the wholesome Midwest.
Sixteen-year-old Danny, half Mexican, half white, has conflicts to overcome due to his biracial heritage. He feels he's too brown to fit in at his at his mostly-white prep school, and too pale when he visits the Mexican side of his family.
Sixteen-year-old Carlos Duarte is on the verge of realizing his dream of becoming a famous make-up artist, but first he must face his jealous boss at a Macy's cosmetics counter, his sister's abusive boyfriend, and his crush on a punk-rocker classmate.
After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.
In a future world ravaged by a mutant virus, sixteen-year-old Ceej and three other teenagers seek to save the Grand Canyon from being flooded, while trying to avoid capture by a band of renegade Survivors.