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Books for a 13-year old African American Girl

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Initial post: Mar 24, 2009 10:40:28 PM PDT
Something along the lines of Bluford High and Drama High series.

Posted on Mar 25, 2009 7:46:56 PM PDT
Has she read any of the Kimani Tru books? I haven't personally read the series but I've seen them in the bookstore a lot they sound similar to the books you listed. The main characters are African American teenagers usually girls with high school settings.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2009 3:58:07 PM PDT
Yes, how about I was just looking at those here on amazon. Right now she's reading the Bluford series and next she wants to read the Drama High series.

Posted on Mar 26, 2009 10:40:37 PM PDT
Carnation9 says:
The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake
Spellbound by Janet McDonald

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2009 1:39:43 PM PDT
Thanks I was just looking at two other books by Sharon Flake, Money Hungry and Begging for Change. I was also looking at two others Ms. Thang by Sonia Hayes and Played by Dana Davidson but I'm thinking those two are too mature for a 13 year old.

Posted on Apr 9, 2009 4:48:26 PM PDT
Read my book "Purple Frogs, Imagine High".

Terra knew that changes in life could happen the way she wanted them to or they could happen unexpectedly. During her last year at Spring Lake Middle school, Terra expected that her life would be filled with schoolwork and fun, but life is never that simple. Friendships will be formed, secrets will be revealed, danger maybe lurking, battles would be won and life lessons would be learned. Most importantly, people learned that they should never stop dreaming....Purple Frogs, Imagine High.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2009 2:12:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 10, 2009 2:14:08 PM PDT
Hello Natasha: You might be interested in my debut novel, Choices. It's available here on Amazon. It's realistic fiction that tackles the issue of teen sex while touching on other issues teens today have to deal with. It's deep and there are domestic violence scenes that are intense, however I did my best to write a story that hopefully would lead sexually active teens back to abstinence. Feel free to check out the favorable reviews and if you decide to buy Choices for your daughter I truly appreciate your support. Oh, the page will say temporarily out of stock - there are more books on the way. Thanks for the opportunity to spread the word about my debut novel :)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2009 8:55:02 AM PDT
Thank you so much. I will keep check with amazon of when your book will be back in stock.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2009 8:30:37 PM PDT
J. Williams says:
One of the best books for african american young ladies. The Teenage Bluez books are awesome too. Get them all. You won't be disappointed.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2009 9:20:29 AM PDT
Thanks, Natasha :)

Posted on May 6, 2009 8:10:07 AM PDT
Shea Graff says:
I teach 9th grade reading and I find that for my girls, any Sharon Draper book is a hit. My kids LOVE Tears of the Tiger, Forged by Fire, and Darkness before Dawn (which all have the same characters). Also, they love Copper Sun, Battle of Jericho, and November Blues.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2009 12:06:10 PM PDT
"This Skin I'm In" by Sharon Flake is the hands-down best book I've ever found for African American girls, though you would have to censor ever so slightly for the classroom.

Posted on May 6, 2009 12:38:45 PM PDT
Elaine Grey says:
"The Icarus Girl" By Helen Oyeyemi is haunting and beautiful and uplifting with a smart and brave young heroine.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2009 5:40:56 PM PDT
Thanks so much.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2009 5:41:40 PM PDT
Thanks so much.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2009 5:43:04 PM PDT
Thanks, I'll check into those.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2009 5:27:36 PM PDT
I would like to introduce my new teen series - The Lip Gloss Chronicles. The first book, The Ultimate Test, is available on Amazon and will be in stores at the end of May. Here's information about the book:

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Ever since they met in their elite private school, Britney, Jasmine, and Sierra have lived by these words, but now that they're entering their freshman year in a public high school, their bond is about to be put to the ultimate test.

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Even Tanisha's threats can't intimidate these girls as they form a united front against her. They're tighter than ever-until a sticky situation complicates everything. Jasmine and Sierra both fall head over heels in love with DJ. Could this really mean the end of their friendship?

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Posted on May 28, 2009 2:27:15 PM PDT
Wendy McNair says:
My teen likes fantasy stories but could not find any with characters who resemble her. So I wrote

ASLEEP-----by Wendy Raven McNair-----An African American teen superhero love story. Find more details at

This is the first book of a trilogy that will chronicle the adventures of Adisa Summers (the African American lead character).

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2009 3:58:04 PM PDT
My 13 year old loves the Drama High series she reads them in 3 days.I am going to look into Bluford High.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2009 4:33:50 PM PDT
Also check into the Kimani Tru Series as well.

Posted on May 28, 2009 4:37:49 PM PDT
My favorite book for YA girls is one listed already - The Skin I'm In. It made me want to write for girls - which I've done (Trouble In My Way), which has a Christian message. More YA Christian authors: ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Victoria Christopher Murray, Nikki Carter. Interesting note: Brittney Holmes writes Christian YA African-American fiction (published by mainstream publisher). Brittney wrote and had her first book when she still in high school. She's a Freshman in college now - has 3 books out already. (She's the daughter of Kendra Norman-Bellamy, also an author). So, if your 13-year-old loves to read, she may also be inspired to write by Brittney.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2009 11:21:56 AM PDT
Hi, Natasha,

My new series for African American teens, "The Kids at Latimar High," is a great pick for reluctant readers, tweens, and teens. It's a colorful coming of age story that captures a group of friends from diverse backgrounds who share their most significant teen years growing and maturing together in the Boogie Down Bronx. The series deals with complex social issues, such as, loyalty and respect when it comes to friendships and relationships, and how to deal with the imperfections that life throws at you. Written from the pov of the main characters, Lauren, Rosalyn, Kevin, and Trinny, teens really gets to understand and delve into the heart of each character. Its down to earth and humorous tone is sprinkled throughout the book and makes The Kids at Latimar High a lively read! =)

The Kids at Latimar High has garnered great reviews, including a blurb from Deborah Gregory, best-selling award of The Cheetah Girls. It's available on, so make sure you check out the reviews!

I am also pleased to announce that The Kids at Latimar High has been contracted for a TV Show next year. =)

Feel free to visit my website for more information:

Happy reading!

~Debbie Copeland

Posted on Jun 21, 2009 11:01:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 21, 2009 11:05:07 PM PDT
Dream Jordan in the house, giving my novel HOT GIRL a shout-out! Perfect for teens and tweens. Great message. Cool story. Approved by librarians and teachers alike. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2009 11:29:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 26, 2009 11:54:56 PM PDT
Hey, Brooklyn!
Boogie Down Bronx in the house! Your book sounds great! =)
Do you twitter? It's a great marketing tool.

~Debbie Copeland, Author of The Kids at Latimar High

Posted on Jun 23, 2009 9:43:02 AM PDT
If she likes a fantasy adventure, my book, "Travels to Fahdamin-Ra" is unusual in that the heroine, 14 year-old Celestine is a brown girl. She and her brother Joel rediscover a lost family secret - how to get to a world called Fahdamin-Ra. They soon discover that they are descended from "Creators" and while there, they are supernatural beings. They soon learn to fly, create animals and bring them to life, and help the three tribes that live there - the Harun, the Masamba, and the Jabulani. Soon, however, Celestine and Joel have to fight the Shadow Men, or be banished from Fahdamin-Ra forever.

I wrote this for my kids, who were reading Harry Potter, Eragorn, The Golden Compass, etc., and said that they wanted a fantasy book where brown kids were the heros. It is for sale here at Amazon.
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