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by Jess Mowry
Brandon’s got that cool white surfer-dude look–even if he isn’t a surfer. He’s worried about fitting in at his new school when his day is turned upside down by the arrival of the one, the only, the fattest black classmate he’s ever seen.
by Joseph Bruchac
Mitch, a football player of Native American and Scandinavian heritage, finds his strategy of “hanging back” challenged by the two new kids in town: Randolph, clearly African American, and Jimmy T., purely American Indian. Or are they?
by Sherri Winston
When Noelle, a budding journalist, decides to fight against the mistreatment of Haitian students by fellow African-American classmates, she faces a dangerous enemy: the school principal.
THE HEARTBEAT OF THE SOUL OF THE WORLD
by Rene Saldana Jr.
PD was a promising Latino trumpet player. Now, he’s dead. But oh, what he left behind!
by Naomi Shihab Nye
Sami and his family are haunted by what they left behind in the Middle East, but hopeful about their new life in Texas. Then comes the day that changes everything: September 11, 2001.
by Ellen Wittlinger
Pining for her best friend Epiphany, DeMaris dares to ask: Why can’t a white girl sit with the black kids in the cafeteria?
BLACK AND WHITE
by Kyoko Mori
Born in Japan and growing up in rural Wisconsin, Asako wonders if being the misunderstood “foreigner” excuses her act of Halloween vandalism.
by M.E. Kerr
Bianca, rich and white, falls for Esteban, a handsome, hardworking Latino. What happens to their romance when her father hires him to fix the roof?
by Marina Budhos
Jemma’s father was Indian. Her mother is black. In Trinidad that wasn’t a problem. So why, in N.J., does Mama disapprove of African-American boys?
by Rita Williams-Garcia
No one can tell what race Mr. Ruben is. But poor Myra, she just can’t have a crush on the man unless he’s black–and she’ll drive herself and her friend Dee crazy until she finds out if he is or not.
by Marilyn Singer
Vonny’s insistance that Beth participate in a school assembly performance of the Hottentot Venus–a woman exhibited as a sexual freak throughout Europe in the early nineteenth century–threatens to destroy their longtime friendship.