I have taken two courses on African American literature (one overview course in undergrad, one graduate course on passing narratives), and since I have that background, I decided to tie up a nonfiction and short story unit using African American literature (combing both types--a slave narrative, a biography, a couple short stories, an essay, current news articles, etc.). I do have a learning support class, but I decided to theme it around African American literature. However, I'd also like to read a novel (or attempt literature circles). Does anyone have any suggestions for 9th grade African-American literature? A couple grade levels lower would be okay. I know literature, but am not familiar with too many young adult African American novels. Our school does have selections by Walter Dean Myers (Bad Boy: A Memoir and Autobiography of My Dead Brother), as well as a biography (and that reading level is lower than the novels, which could work best with those who are the lowest readers). We also have My Jim (a retelling of Jim's mother from Twain's Huckleberry Finn) offered. Mixing the content with reading level is my difficulty, and the fact that I am not thoroughly familiar with African American Young Adult Literature. Whether you've read them in class and can offer insights, or just have titles, I'd appreciate it. Thanks in advance.