We know that not everyone wants to read classics, romances, or dystopic stories, so we try to highlight different types of books that you can check out from the library.  This week we're highlighting urban fiction as well as stories featuring people of color.  As always, you can click on the series' names or book titles to learn more or request a copy.

"Urban fiction, also known as street lit or street fiction, is a literary genre set...in a city landscape; however, the genre is as much defined by the socio-economic realities and culture of its characters as the urban setting." - Wikipedia

There are several urban fiction series that might pique your interest, such as:

Kimani Tru Series by Various Authors
Kimani Tru books follow African American teens as they deal with school, dating, and friendships.

Hollywood High Series by Ni-Ni Simone and Amir Abrams
The Hollywood High series follows teens of celebrities as they deal with money, fame, and relationships.

Charly's Epic Fiasco Series by Kelli London
This series follows Charly, a teen who grew up on the streets but has dreams of becoming an actress.

 

There is a lot of overlap between urban fiction and stories about people of color, but they are not mutually exclusive.  If you are more interested in reading stories that feature people of color as protagonists, try these:

Cover for Endangered

Endangered by Lamar Giles
Panda (Lauren) is a photographer whose mission is to expose the secrets of the jerks at her school.  It's initially fun until a mysterious classmate exposes Panda's own secrets.

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The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
After a serious accident left singer Elyse mute, she decides to live a life of solitude.  During a party Elyse meets Christian, a playboy who doesn't treat her like glass.  Will Elyse give her heart to a boy who steals many hearts?

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Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
Etta isn't gay enough for The Dykes, her old clique, and she's not skinny or white enough to be a ballerina.  Etta begins to feel alone when she meets Bianca, a straight white Caucasian.

Cover for The Steep and Thorny Way

The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Set in 1920s Oregon, this Hamlet reimaged features Hanalee, the daughter of a white woman and a black man.  When her father's accidental death is rumored to be murder, Hanalee seeks answers even though the main suspect is her stepfather.

Cover for The Boy in the Black Suit

Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
Following the death of his mother, Matt takes a job at a funeral home to help take care of the bills and his alcoholic father.  Lost in loneliness, Matt meets Lovey, a confident girl who drives Matt to be a tougher person.

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This Side of Home by Renee Watson
Identical twins Nikki and Maya are inseparable and agreeable.  When their tough neighborhood becomes trendy, Nikki is excited while Maya is oppsed to the change.  Will this difference of opinions about their home and culture cause a rift in their sisterhood?

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Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham
Scarlett is a kick-butt detective who's vowed to tackle the crime in her city.  When a new crime ring comes to town, Scarlett discovers her family might be involved.

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Everything but the Truth by Mandy Hubbard
Holly's mother works at a retirement home for wealthy people and when the grandson of a wealthy resident mistakes Holly for a relative of a resident, Holly decides to continue the ruse.  Will Malik end the relationship when he finds out Holly is the daughter of the help?

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