Day of Tears: a novel in dialogue by Julius Lester, which was this year’s Coretta Scott King award winner. It’s historical fiction centered around the largest sale of slaves in the US. It’s told through multiple views so you get some really interesting perspectives.
The Tequila Worm by Viola Canales
Sofia grows up in the close-knit community of the barrio in McAllen, Texas, then finds that her experiences as a scholarship student at an Episcopal boarding school in Austin only strengthen her ties to family and her "comadres."
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, Gary Schmidt
In 1911, Turner Buckminster hates his new home of Phippsburg, Maine, but things improve when he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from a poor, nearby island community founded by former slaves that the town fathers--and Turner's--want to change into a tourist spot.
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.
Ellington Was Not a Street
Illustration by Kadir A. Nelson By Ntozake Shange