Urban Fiction


Wilde, Lisa
Yo, Miss
741.5.W6442y YA
Yo, Miss - a graphic look at high school takes the reader inside John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy, a second-chance high school in New York City, where Lisa Wilde has worked since 1997. A school where all the students are considered at risk, Wildcat offers these teens a ticket to the middle class - a high school diploma. With humor and humanity, Yo, Miss challenges preconceptions of who these kids are and what is needed to help them graduate Based on author Lisa Wilde's experience teaching at John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy, a charter high school for at-risk students in New York City, the story follows the lives of eight (fictionalized-composite) students as they work toward obtaining their diplomas. Originally serialized in zine format. 2015


Booth, Coe
JUV B6426.k YA
High schooler Kendra longs to live with her mother who, unprepared for motherhood at age fourteen, left Kendra in the care of her grandmother.  2008.

Cheng, Andrea
Where The Steps Were
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Verse from the perspectives of five students in Miss D.'s third grade class details the children's last year together before their inner city school is to be torn down.  2008.

Draper, Sharon
Just Another Hero
JUV D7859.j YA
As Kofi, Arielle, Dana, November, and Jericho face personal challenges during their last year of high school, a misunderstood student brings a gun to class and demands to be taken seriously.  2009.

Flake, Sharon
JUV F589.p YA
Adonis is smart, intellectually gifted and born without legs; Autumn is strong, a great wrestler, and barely able to read in ninth grade--but Autumn is attracted to Adonis and determined to make him a part of her life whatever he or her best friend thinks.  2012.

Folan, Karyn Langhorne
Breaking Point (Bluford High Series)
JUV F6952.b YA
Vicky Fallon can't take it. Her father has lost his job. Her parents are constantly fighting, and her troubled little brother is out of control. Once an honor student, Vicky is quickly falling behind in her classes at Bluford High. Now her teachers, friends, and new boyfriend, Martin Luna, want answers. Pressured from all sides, Vicky knows something is about to snap. But the explosion that hits her home is worse than anything she could image.--Book back cover.  2011.

Giles, Lamar
Fake ID
JUV G3925.f YA
"An African-American teen in the Witness Protection Program moves to a new town and finds himself trying to solve a murder mystery when his first friend is found dead"-- Provided by publisher.  2014.

Griffin, M. A.
JUV G8797.l YA
"Fear haunts the streets of Preston's city: a girl has disappeared. Preston is drawn to investigate, exploring the city in the hunt for his missing friend. And deep in the bowels of a secret scientific institute, he discovers a sinister machine used to banish teenage criminals for their offenses. Captured and condemned to a cavernous dimension, Preston is determined to escape. But this is no ordinary jail. Friendships will be forged and lives will be lost in a reckless battle for freedom, revenge--and revolution" -- summary from amazon.com. 2017

Jackson, Tiffany
Monday Is Not Coming
JUV J1397.m YA
When her friend Monday Charles goes missing and Monday's mother refuses to give her a straight answer, Claudia digs into her disappearance Monday Charles is missing, and Claudia seems to be the one person who notices. They've always been inseparable, and when Monday doesn't show up for school for two weeks, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday's mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and her sister April is even less help. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she's gone? 2018

Kern, Peggy
The Test (Bluford High Series)
JUV K4565.t YA
Liselle Mason is in trouble. For weeks, she ignored the changes in her body and tried to forget her brief relationship with Oscar Price, her moody classmate at Bluford High. But when Liselle's clothes stop fitting, and her brother notices her growing belly, she panics. A pregnancy test confirms her biggest fears. Unwilling to admit the truth, Liselle suddenly faces a world with no easy answers. Where will she turn? Who will she tell? What will she do?--From back cover.  2011.

Langan, Paul
Promises to Keep (Bluford High Series)
JUV L2575.p YA
"No one likes Tyray Hobbs. Once a feared bully, he's become an outcast. At Bluford High, his peers taunt him for how he treated them. At home, his parents punish him for the trouble he's caused. Unable to escape his reputation or his past, Tyray is desperate. And when an unlikely friendship develops, he clings to it like a lifeline. Now that connection is threatened, and Tyray faces his toughest decision yet. Will his next move lead him to ruin or redemption--or both?" --Publisher description.  2013.

McKinney, L. L.
A Blade So Black
JUV M2155.b YA
"This isn't the Wonderland you remember. The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she's trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew. Life in real-world Atlanta isn't always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice's handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she's ever gone before. And she'll need to use everything she's learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head...literally. "--Dust jacket. 2018.

McKissack Jr, Fredrick
Shooting Star
JUV M2174.a YA
Jomo Rogers, a naturally talented athlete, starts taking performance enhancing drugs in order to be an even better high school football player, but finds his life spinning out of control as his game improves.  2009.

Myers, Walter Dean
Dope Sick
JUV M995.do YA
Seeing no way out of his difficult life in Harlem, seventeen-year-old Jeremy "Lil J" Dance flees into a house after a drug deal goes awry and meets a weird man who shows different turning points in Lil J's life when he could have made better choices.  2009.

Myers, Walter Dean
JUV M995.g YA
If Harlem high school senior Drew Lawson is going to realize his dream of playing college, then professional, basketball, he will have to improve at being coached and being a team player, especially after a new--white--student threatens to take the scouts' attention away from him.  2008.

Myers, Walter Dean
JUV M995.l YA
Teenage Reese, serving time at a juvenile detention facility, gets a lesson in making it through hard times from an unlikely friend with a harrowing past.  2010.

Reynolds, Jason
Long Way Down
JUV R327.l YA
There are three rules in the neighborhood: Don't cry ; Don't snitch ; Get revenge. Will takes his dead brother Shawn's gun, and gets in the elevator on the 7th floor. As the elevator stops on each floor, someone connected to Shawn gets on. Someone already dead. Dead by teenage gun violence. And each has something to share with Will. 2017

Rush, Jennifer
Devils and Thieves (Devils and Thieves bk 1)
JUV R8941.d YA
In Jemmie Carmichael's Hawthorne, New York, magic users are called "kindled," and Jemmie would count herself among them if only she could cast a simple spell without completely falling apart. And she's been snubbed by Crowe, the dangerous and enigmatic leader of the Black Devils kindled motorcycle gang and the unofficial head of their turf. During an annual festival, a rumor begins spreading that someone is practicing forbidden magic. Then people start to go missing. Jemmie and Crowe will have to put aside their tumultuous history to find their loved ones. And the only thing that might save them is the very flaw that keeps Jemmie from fully harnessing her magic. 2017

Schraff, Anne
Lost and Found (Bluford High Series bk 1)
JUV S377.l YA
After a mysterious stranger starts following her and a threatening note is left on her desk at Bluford High School, Darcy Wills must race against time to save her missing sister.  2002.

Stone, Nic
Dear Martin
JUV S877576.d YA
Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him. 2017

Thomas, Angie
The Hate U Give
JUV T35722.h YA
After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died. 2017

Volponi, Paul
Final Four
JUV V88.f YA
Four players at the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament struggle with the pressures of tournament play and the expectations of society at large.  2012

Watson, Renee
This Side of Home
JUV W3364.t YA
Twins Nikki and Maya Younger always agreed on most things, but as they head into their senior year they react differently to the gentrification of their Portland, Oregon, neighborhood and the new--white--family that moves in after their best friend and her mother are evicted. 2015

Williams-Garcia, Rita
JUV W6765.j YA
The lives of Leticia, Dominique, and Trina are irrevocably intertwined through the course of one day in an urban high school after Leticia overhears Dominique's plans to beat up Trina and must decide whether or not to get involved.  2009.

Woodson, Jacqueline
After Tupac And D Foster
JUV W869.a YA
In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.  2008.