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And when Blaise is accepted into one of the toughest gangs in the city, she's finally part of a crew. A family. S Ma Book 2 of The Bluford High Series. In grade school, Darcy and Brisana were friends. Now the former friends are bitter rivals, and the tension between them is getting worse. When Darcy learns that Brisana is after her boyfriend, she knows she must do something.

But what? S Om Denique thought that if she wasn't so messed up in her head, she'd sort of like Trevor. But it would just end badly. So she focused on school. She wanted to graduate and get a job. College was now out of the question. Her family lived in the projects. Denique had to get a job as soon as possible after high school.

With her and her mother bringing in money, the family could move to a better, safer place. S One In the alley on his way home from work, Derrick Shaw witnesses a murder.

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To save his life, Derrick promises not to reveal the identity of the shooter, a former Tubman student. But he feels sick and guilty about his vow of silence. V On When Maddie Diaz witnesses the murder of a homeless man by members of a gang, she tells the cops what she saw without thinking about the repercussions of snitching, but a mysterious guy named Lobo comes to her defense and is determined to take down the gang and protect her. S Out With the state of mind Trevor was in, Vanessa could talk him into anything. Would she get him involved in crime again? It could happen, only this time Trevor might not be so lucky.

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But back then, Trevor had had enough brains to dump her. Now he was in deeper. The web Vanessa had woven around him was stickier and tighter. Jaris Spain has a hard time believing in himself. Between his pessimistic father, his falsely optimistic mother, his failure at sports, difficulty in the classroom, and inability to be noticed by the one girl that matters to him, Jaris struggles to find his own place in the world. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood.

Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers. M Rjo Also crosses with historical fiction. In , fifteen-year-old Claire, the daughter of an Irish mother and a black father, faces ugly truths and great danger when Irish immigrants, enraged by the Civil War and a federal draft, lash out against blacks and wealthy "swells" of New York City.

M Ru Rainie's grades were slipping. Good grades were a lifetime ago. Back when her dad was around. Before her mom's boyfriend started hanging out at their house. Commenting on her figure. Looking her up and down. Before she decided to stop eating. Become invisible. Her friends were alarmed, especially Joss. She knew times were tough for Rainie's family. But she felt like there was more going on.

Something serious. And she was going to figure it out. S Sd Kevin had been talking about how much he wanted some real money and that he'd do almost anything to get it. Jaris could sympathize with Kevin wanting to help his grandparents out, but wanting—needing—money that desperately was dangerous. It led to getting mixed up with the wrong crowd. Jaris always thought Cory Yates had drug connections in Los Angeles. He was a two-bit hustler, and he spent way too much time hanging around high schools. S Sha After a young girl is shot in what appears to gang-related violence, Jaris Spain decides to take a closer look and discovers a trail leading to another Tubman High School student, DeWayne Pike, who may be covering up something in his past.

Flake Call Number: PZ 7. F Sk Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and makes some discoveries about to love who she is and what she looks like. V Str Ty Johnson knows survival. Since inheriting his pop's business at sixteen, Ty's developed smarts, skills, and mad discipline. The supply game's in his blood. And life is pretty sweet when you're on top. But one slip - or one serious competitor - and life turns ugly fast. Suddenly, Ty's got to rethink his whole strategy, and for the 1 dealer on the streets, strategy is not just about staying ahead.

It's about survival. L Su Book 10 of The Bluford High Series. Darcy Wills needs help. A frightening ordeal at the end of the school year has turned her world upside down, and her parents, don't seem to notice. With her ex-boyfriend miles away in Detroit and her beloved grandmother gone, Darcy is more alone than ever. Unable to deny the pain she's been hiding, Darcy turns to her remaining friends only to discover one of them has an even bigger secret.

Now, forced into a crisis beyond her control, Darcy must take a stand for herself--and for her friend. H54 Tee Like watching a movie frame by frame, we watch Lexi is come unglued in this novel in verse. She's alienated from school and family. Her father is in the county jail. She cannot connect with her chain-smoking stepmom. Her brother, Blaine, is trapped in his own autistic world. And her infant sister's death has sent her into a spiral of grief and rebellion.

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Bright, witty, and irreverent, Lexi tries to navigate the rocky transition from adolescent to young woman. W Thi 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.

S To When Trevor's mother discourages his relationship with known troublemaker Vanessa, Trevor hides it from his family and friends. B Ty Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father.

Unchained by L. T Un After two years in a loving home, TJ's mother got him back. She was clean. No pot. No meth. His chest felt like it was burning. His heart was racing. He felt trapped. He didn't have a say. Everything he had come to care about would be gone: Miss Dixie, hot meals, friends, Mae's little hand, and Annabelle.

And the brutal life he'd escaped quickly reclaimed him. S Un Book 7 of The Bluford High Series. This story continues the tale of the Wills family.

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Darcy learns that Hakeem, her first boyfriend, is moving out of the state. Then her grandmother's health declines and a mysterious new person comes into her life. S Up Soon she learns that things aren't always what they seem, first loves might not survive, and new loves can be surprising. S Wa Jaris and Marko were in a position where they could see through the doorway.

The slider was open to let in cool, fresh air. Sereeta was sitting in a chair from the kitchen table. Her hands were bound. An older woman sat in another chair, her hands bound too. The woman looked disheveled. Her face was bruised and swollen. Two little girls huddled in one corner of the room, clutching stuffed animals and whimpering. Their eyes were wide with terror. Who Am I Without Him? Flake Call Number: PS L W46 x. Contains short stories about teenage love and angst. S47 Xan X follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.

M Yaq x. One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. R A69 A A45 At p. Less than two hours later, the city exploded in violence that lasted six days. A gritty and cinematic work of fiction, this book vividly re-creates this turbulent and terrifying time in Los Angeles. O96 A84 Three years after narrowly escaping a one way trip to the gas chamber, the fugitive known only as Animal finds himself drawn back to the scene of the crime: Harlem.

Throughout his entire time in exile, the only thing that kept Animal going was the thought that he would one day be reunited with his soul mate, Gucci--but one bullet changed everything. Animal 4. O96 A88 Animal knew getting involved with Sonja again would come at a price, but he had no idea how steep the price would be until it was too late.

With his wife gone and his children abducted by a ruthless drug cartel, Animal must lead a suicide mission into the lair of one of the most dangerous assassins in the world, a woman who calls herself Tiger Lily. O96 A Tayshawn is one of the children the world throws away. The neighborhood kids give him the nickname "Animal.

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O96 A85 After being thought dead, Animal resurfaces on the streets of New York to keep true to his promise, and make it rain blood over Harlem. All those who had wronged him would feel his wrath, including Shai Clark, boss of the New York underworld. However, touching a man like Shai Clark proves to be easier said than done. Using Animal's soul mate Gucci as bait, Shai sets a trap for the young killer.

Once again Animal finds himself captured, but this time there would be no trial. O96 A86 When Animal's former lover, Red Sonja, shows up on his doorstep with a little girl, claiming Animal is the father, he and Gucci immediately fear it's a ploy for money. But Red Sonja has come to collect a debt of a different kind, one that can only be paid in blood. O96 A87 From the moment Animal's former lover Red Sonja showed up on his doorstep, he knew trouble wouldn't be far behind.

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It was because women like Red Sonja carried trouble around with them like designer purses. He knew getting involved with Sonja again would come at a price, but he had no idea how steep the price would be until it was too late. O M56 Growing up on the cold, mean, inner-city streets of Baltimore is Netta, leader of an all girl clique called the Pussy Pound.

With no father and a dope fiend for a mother, Netta learns at an early age to use her beauty and her body to get the things she wants, money, cars, and jewelry. Chasing the almighty dollar, Netta meets Black, a local drug dealer with a deep seeded hatred for New Yorkers, who fall head over heals in love with her. With a broken heart, Black discovers that Netta is only after his money and he seeks the ultimate revenge against her life. U B36 The four beauties are living under the same roof, but they can't stand each other.

Their only common denominator is their loving grandmother, Me-Ma. When she's not at work trying to make ends meet, she's home with her girls, trying to keep them from killing each other. Tragedy strikes when Me-Ma has a fatal heart attack. The sisters are shocked to find that she left the house and all her money to the church. Now the pastor wants them out.

R B58 Kaia didn't choose the streets. The streets chose her. Tossed from a broken home, Kaia is forced to learn just how grimy street life can be. Shedding her innocence, Kaia goes from being an often overlooked, stepped upon little girl to a woman. O96 B53 In order to avoid an Internal Affairs investigation, Detective Wolf must hunt down the "Black Lotus Killer," a pursuit that leads to a cold case from his past. Boss Lady by Omar R. Tyree Call Number: PS Y59 B67 Everybody's favorite flyy girl is a little bit older, a whole lot wiser, and just as sassy as ever.

After a series of triumphs in the world of letters and acting, Tracy takes on the dazzling world of Hollywood's A-list players to film a project close to her heart. Y59 C37 Life is supposed to be easy and carefree when you are young, but if you live in Washington D. Flashing back to the s, readers enter the lives of four black men looking to gain money, power, and respect.

These four brothas come from different walks of life, but they have one thing in common: they are trying to make fast money in the harsh inner city. However, when the money comes too easily there's usually a price attached Carried by Six by Allen B. Ballard Call Number: PS A C27 Obie corners and kills the masked assassin, who turns out to be the brother of a drug dealer. Demands for revenge follow, sparking fast-paced action while examining the lives of a working-class family struggling to survive in the projects of Philadelphia.

O C38 Living a very comfortable life with her daughter and husband, Dixyn Greene's life is blown apart when her husbands is taken away by the feds and she must do whatever it takes to maintain her lavish life. O C6 After a black drug dealer goes to jail in Brooklyn, his ruthless year-old daughter takes over his empire. A look at the mores and manners of the black underclass, this one with money. O D44 The sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever , this novel is frighteningly fierce, raw, and completely unpredictable.

When a barrage of bullets compelled Torrio to retire, Capone, at age 26, became the head of the Chicago Outfit. Capone got no richer than some of the other big-city bootleggers of his era, but he was unusually brash.

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While other gangsters hid their activities, Capone bragged about them, saying he was only providing a public service to the people of Chicago. He dressed like a banker—only with more pizzazz—to remind the public that he saw himself first and foremost as a businessman. In his view, he was living the American Dream—only it happened to be a version of the American Dream in which Thompson submachine guns played a prominent role. To keep his business strong, Capone often found it necessary to eliminate competition. This often involved the spilling of blood. It also involved extensive bribery, and Capone paid liberally to make sure Chicago police and prosecutors looked the other way.

He thrived for the better part of a decade, becoming not only rich but also famous, and so confident in his ways that he gave interviews to gossip magazines and foreign correspondents visiting his office in Chicago. Capone became a target of the federal government after seven men died in the St. On Monday, state media spun Liu's execution as the latest victory in Xi Jinping's war on corruption. The tycoon's mafia group had been "harboured and indulged by government officials," Xinhua claimed.

Yet sceptics believe the billionaire's execution is merely the latest chapter in a political purge of Mr Xi's rivals. Liu had connections to Zhou Yongkang, the disgraced former security chief who was recently expelled from the Communist Party and is awaiting sentencing for corruption. Andrew Wedeman, a political scientist who studies corruption in China, said Xi Jinping faced a tough juggling act to convince Chinese citizens he was successfully slaying powerful and corrupt "tigers" such as Liu and Mr Zhou without simply exposing a Party that was rotten to the core. Or do they go, "Oh my God!

There are an awful lot of tigers out there in the hills! Mr Liu, who was executed alongside his brother and three alleged accomplices, denied the charges against him. Bo Xilai, former Politburo member. Regional power: From left Liu Han, mining tycoon, sentenced to death, Guo Yongxiang, ex-top Sichuan official, under investigation, and Li Chuncheng, ex-top Sichuan official, also under investigation.

Ex-national oil executives Li Hualin left , under investigation, and Jiang Jiemin, under investigation. The best way to transfer money overseas. Terms and Conditions.