The award is established to affirm new talent and to offer visibility to excellence in writing and/or illustration, from 1995 to the present.


The Stars Beneath Our Feet

by Moore, David Barclay,
Call Number: YA

The Sun is Also a Star

by Yoon, Nicola
Call Number: YA

Told over several hours on an ordinary day in New York, teens Natasha and Daniel meet, and discover the universe, which in its own extraordinary way, has brought them into each other’s lives.



by Smith, Ronald L. (Ronald Lenard), 1959-
Call Number: YA

When I Was the Greatest

by Reynolds, Jason.
Call Number: YA

Set in Brooklyn, fifteen-year-old Ali and his two best friends, brothers Needles and Noodles, learn about themselves and each other after they get caught up in a dangerous situation that tests their friendship.


Zora and Me

by Bond, Victoria, 1979-
Call Number: x

Gr. 5 and up. A coming of age novel about the life of a young Zora Neale Hurston as told from the perspective of her best friend Carrie. Zora uses folkloric stories to explain what she does not yet fully understand - class struggles, racial tensions, murder, and death while growing up in Eatonville, Florida, one of the nation's first all-black towns.


The Rock and the River

by Magoon, Kekla.
Call Number: YA


by Elliott, Zetta.
Call Number: x

Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything in it

by Frazier, Sundee Tucker, 1968-
Call Number: x

Mixed-race Brendan loves science, Tae Kwon Do and his family, and he's very surprised to learn that the president of the local rock collectors' club is the white grandfather he's never met.


Standing Against the Wind

by Jones, Traci L.
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Jimi & Me

by Adoff, Jaime.
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Missy Violet & Me

by Hathaway, Barbara, 1944-
Call Number: x

The Way a Door Closes

by Smith, Hope Anita.
Call Number: x 811 S649

Chill Wind

by McDonald, Janet, 1953-2007.
Call Number: x

The Skin I'm In

by Flake, Sharon.
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Maleeka is embarrassed by her extremely dark skin, but she gets encouragement from a teacher who has appearance issues herself.


Another Way to Dance

by Southgate, Martha.
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Tears of a Tiger

by Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills).
Call Number: YA