Middle School Literature


  1. Stones for My Father, Trilby Kent
  2. Burn My Heart, Beverley Naidoo
  3. Rise of the Golden Cobra, Henry Aubin
  4. Trouble in Timbuktu, Christina Kessler
  5. Chanda’s Secrets, Allan Stratton
  6. The Mzungu Boy, Meja Mwangi
  7. Out of Bounds: Stories of Conflict & Hope, Beverley Naidoo
  8. No Turning Back: A Novel of South Africa, Beverley Naidoo 
  9. Nelson Mandela: the Authorized Comic Book, The Nelson Mandela Foundation
  10. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
    *** There are two versions of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, at different reading levels
  11. Talking Drums, Veronique Tadjo (poetry collection)
  12. In Our Village: Kambi ya Simba Through the Eyes of Its Youth, The Students at Awet Secondary School in Tanzania East Africa
    *** A non-fiction collection of photographs and essays  told by Tanzanian village youth themselves
  13. The Night of the Burning: Devorah’s Story, Linda Press Wulf
  14. The Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel, Rick Riordan and Orpheus Collar
  15. Saba: Under the Hyena’s Foot, Jane Kurtz
  16. Sunjata: A West African Epic of the Mande Peoples, David C. Conrad and Djanka Tassey Conde
  17. Aida, Leontyne
  18. Shaka, D. Stanley
  19. Sundiata, D. Wisnieski
    *** Winner of the African Studies Association (ASA) Children’s Book Award, 1993]
  20. Chain of Fire, B. Naidoo [a sequel to the award-winning Journey to Jo’burg]
  21. African Folktales, R. Abrahams
  22. Tales of an Ashanti Father, P. Appiah
  23. Waiting for Rain, S. Gordon
  24. Apartheid: Calibrations of Color, Published by Icarus/Rosen Group
    *** Short stories, plays, photos, and personal essay by South Africans.
    *** Received Honor Book Award from the ASA Children’s Book Committee, 1992
  25. Bury My Bones But Keep My Words: African Tales for Retelling, T. Fairman
  26. The African Mask, J. Rupert
    *** Received Honor Book Award from the ASA Children’s Book Committee, 1995
  27. The Ear, The Eye and The Arm, N. Farmer
  28. The Captive, J. Hansen
    *** Winner of the ASA Children’s Book Award, 1995
  29. Somehow Tenderness Survives, e.d., H. Rockman
  30. Moonlight Bride, B. Emecheta
  31. Secret Lives, Ngugi wa Th’iongo
    *** A collection of short stories short stories created for a general/adult audience, but several of the stories are appropriate for middle school.
  32. Red Dust, Green Leaves, J. Gray.
  33. Story for a Black Night, C. Bess
  34. The Return, S. Levitin
  35. The Dark Child, C. Laye
    *** Sometimes published as Black Child