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Printable List for Bluford Books in order:



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Bluford High Series
Brief description of the books in the Bluford Series from Embracing the Child Website:



Lost and Found: This, the first book in the series, centers on the life of Bluford sophomore Darcy Wills. Darcy contends with the return of her long-absent father, the troubling behavior of her younger sister Jamee, and the beginning of her first relationship.

A Matter of Trust: The sequel to Lost and Found, this book centers on Darcy's growing conflict with her old friend, Brisana Meeks. Amid jealousy and competition, Darcy fights for her relationship with Hakeem Randall and struggles with her fears over her own family's future.

Secrets in the Shadows: This book focuses on Roylin Bailey, a Bluford sophomore who appears in A Matter of Trust. Roylin makes a terrible mistake: He steals money to buy a gift for the girl of his dreams and finds himself in a nightmare he cannot escape.

Someone to Love Me: This story is about Cindy Gibson, a Bluford freshman who first appears in Lost and Found. Cindy struggles with a stormy relationship with her mother, ongoing trouble at school, a dangerous boyfriend, and worse. Will her fragile family survive?

The Bully: Darrell Mercer, a 9th grader at Bluford, is at the center of this story. Darrell and his mother move to the Bluford area in the middle of the school year. Physically smaller than his peers, Darrell quickly becomes a target for Tyray Hobbs, the freshman class bully.

The Gun: The sequel to The Bully, this book is about Bluford freshman Tyray Hobbs, the tormentor of Darrell Mercer. The tale traces Tyray's troubled home life, his desire to rebuild his reputation, and his quest to get revenge on Darrell, the only boy who ever stood up to him.

Until We Meet Again: Sequel to A Matter of Trust, this story continues the tale of the Wills family. 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.

Blood Is Thicker: This sequel to Until We Meet Again follows the story of Hakeem Randall after his move to Detroit. Far from Bluford High, Hakeem quickly finds himself in a world of trouble, and his family is at the center of it. To complicate matters, a new girl hopes to make him forget Darcy forever.

Brothers in Arms: Martin Luna, a new student at Bluford High, is at the center of this story. Haunted by the tragic death of his little brother, Martin seeks one thing: revenge. But his mother wants more for her only remaining child. Will Martin listen to her, or will he allow anger to control him?

Summer of Secrets: Darcy Wills is at the center of this tale, a sequel to Until We Meet Again. Darcy hides a painful secret from her friends and family. Yet others-including her parents and her childhood friend-are keeping secrets of their own. When the truth finally surfaces, Darcy's entire world is turned upside down forever.

The Fallen: This sequel to Brothers in Arms picks up the story of Martin Luna as he struggles to rebuild his life after the death of his little brother. In trouble at Bluford High School for fighting, Martin faces an even bigger problem at home: Frankie, the most feared homeboy from his neighborhood, is hunting him.

Shattered: This sequel to Summer of Secrets continues the story of Darcy Wills as she begins her junior year at Bluford High School. Eager to repair her relationship with her old boyfriend Hakeem, Darcy discovers that one of her biggest fears has come true. And worse: her closest friends have been secretly lying to her.

Search for Safety: tells the story of Ben McKee, a new sophomore at Bluford High School. At home, Ben is living a nightmare. His mother has married Larry, an abusive man who wants nothing to do with his stepson. And when Larry loses his job and starts drinking, Ben finds himself—and his mother—in grave danger.

No Way Out: Bluford High freshman Harold Davis is trapped. Medical bills for his sick grandmother are piling up, and a social worker has threatened to put him in a foster home. Desperate for money, he reluctantly agrees to work for Londell James, a neighborhood drug dealer. The choice leads him into a world of dangerous streets where no one is safe. Will Harold escape the violence that surrounds him, or will he become its next victim?

Schooled: There’s no backing down for Lionel Shephard. With a dream of joining the NBA, all he wants to do at Bluford High is play basketball. But everyone’s trying to stop him. His father thinks basketball is a waste of time; his teachers don’t know he can barely read and threaten to fail him; and his dropout friend Jamar wants him to quit school. Unsure where to turn, Lionel must make a choice. Will he pursue his dream or get caught in a nightmare?


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African American Authors:
Books that Receive the Coretta Scott King Award see Wikipedia's Listing of Coretta Scott King Awards
Christopher Paul Curtis
Sharon Draper
Nikki Grimes
Virginia Hamilton
Angela Johnson
G. Neri
Walter Dean Myers
Mildred Taylor
Jacqueline Woodson


African American Themes
The Cay, by Theodore Taylor
The First Part Last, Toning the Sweep by Angela Johnson
A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer
Like Sisters on the Homefront, No Laughter Here; by Rita Williams-Garcia
Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen
Sarny, A Life Remembered by Gary Paulsen
The Secret of Gumbo Grove by Eleanora Tate
Storm Warriors by Elisa Carbone
Toning the Sweep by Angela Johnson
When Kambia Elaine Flew in from Neptune by Lori Aurelia Williams
Emako Blue; Red Rose Box by Brenda Woods




Read Alikes
Carter High Series
Carter High Senior Year
Walker High Mysteries

African American Male Characters

Next by Kevin Waltman
When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds
The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander
Spider-Man in the Ultimate Comics
Varian Johnson's newest book, The Great Green Heist
Marcia Wells' new book, Eddie Red Undercover
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's new MG sports novel, Sasquatch in the paint
Crystal Allen's book How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy
Torrey Maldonado's Secret Saturdays
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich's 8th Grade Superzero
Danette Vigilante's Saving Baby Doe
Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything In It
Brendan Buckley's 6th Grade Experiment
Jason Reynolds' When I Was The Greatest
Jaime Adoff's Death of Jayson Porter

Updated from YALSA-BK 08/31/14