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There are two I thought of, both 5th grade level.  The characters are not the main 
character, but are important to the story.

Stanley, Diane.  The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy (sequel to The 
Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine)

Woods, Brenda.  My Name Is Sally Little Song (historical)
 

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 > Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 05:46:00 -0400
> From: barb.langridge@HCLIBRARY.ORG
> Subject: TAR: Juvenile fiction with African American male characters
> To: LM_NET@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
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> Good Morning Great Brain,
> 
> I was presenting at a conference yesterday and was asked to list juvenile fiction 
>books with African American male characters. They were interested in books for K-5 
>and they're really looking for chapter books (not picture books).
> 
> I could come up with the Ziggy series by Sharon Draper and the McKissack books. 
>Someone else suggested Little Bill. And I know Jerdine Nolen writes the Max and 
>Jax early readers but they are crocodiles/alligators. I was stumped. 
> 
> But I knew the cavalry was waiting to come to my rescue!
> 
> Help:)
> 
> Barb
> 
> Barb Langridge
> Children's Services
> 
> Howard County Central Library
> 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway
> Columbia, MD 21045
> 
> 410 313-7880
> barb.langridge@hclibrary.org
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
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> Original Message:
> From: Sheila Chouinard <chouinard@INDEPENDENT.K12.MT.US>
> To: LM_NET@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
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> Date: Wednesday, April 14 2010 8:31 PM
> Subject: HIT: Flower Garden by Eve Bunting
> What a great group! The title our preschool teachers was looking for 
> was Flower Garden by Eve Bunting.
> 
> Many thanks to those who helped me out!
> 
> Sheila Chouinard
> chouinard@independent.k12.mt.us
> Library/Technology
> Independent School
> Billings, MT
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