Coretta Scott King Author Award 2011

Kids and/or Teens

Recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults

Given to African American authors and illustrator for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions, the Coretta Scott King Book Award titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream of a pluralistic society.

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Author: Rita Williams-Garcia
2011 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Winner

In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp. Find as eBook

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Author: Walter Dean Myers
2011 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Honor

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.

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Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes
2011 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Honor

In New Orleans' Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them.

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Author: Greg Neri
2011 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Honor

A graphic novel based on the true story of Robert Yummy Sandifer, an eleven-year old African American gang member from Chicago who shot a young girl and was then shot by his own gang members.