The Known World

People, Identity & Culture
Race & Racism
Edward P. Jones
Age Group:
15 and up
People, Identity & Culture
Race & Racism

This book tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black slave owner and former slave who runs his plantation with unusually high discipline. He learns from his former master, William Robbins, the most powerful man in Manchester County, Virginia, how to keep a proper distance between oneself and one’s property. When Henry unexpectedly dies, however, it is up to his widow, Caldonia, to uphold the estate’s order. After his death, Henry’s slaves wonder if Caldonia will free them. When she fails to do so, but instead breaches the code that keeps them separate from her, a little piece of Manchester County begins to unravel.

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Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World

Ashley Herring Blake

When a tornado rips through town, Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed and her family displaced. Ivy feels invisible and ignored in the aftermath of the storm—and what's worse, her notebook filled with secret drawings of girls holding hands has gone missing.

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