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The Boys Club

Male Protagonists in Contemporary African American Young Adult Literature

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Wendy Rountree

The Boys Club: Male Protagonists in Contemporary African American Young Adult Literature is a study of prominent issues and themes such as education, identity, and racism in contemporary (i.e., post-Civil Rights era) young adult novels written primarily for African American boys by African American men and women writers. Representative works by writers Candy Dawson Boyd, Curtis Paul Curtis, Sharon G. Flake, Kenji Jasper, Kekla Magoon, Williams McDaniels, Walter Dean Meyers, and Jacqueline Woodson are analyzed. Ultimately, this book illustrates how men and women writers of young adult literature for African American boys reveal and validate the difficulties of growing up young, Black, and male in modern-day American society, and thereby seek to improve the lives of their readers.

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Index Abdul and the Designer Tennis Shoes, 14, 47–56, 57, 65 Absentee fathers. See Fathers, absentee Advertising, 103, 120n3 African American group Identity, 8 Ali, Muhammad, 49 American Dream, 46, 47, 63, 121n4 Antwone Fisher, 102 Apollo Theatre, 61 Athletics. See Basketball; Sports Bad Boy: A Memoir, 3 Baldwin, James, 4, 119n1 Bang, 14, 18, 25–35, 56, 86 Basketball coaches as father figures, 47 and needs of boys, 14, 47 as path to success, 14, 45, 65 teams, 47 See also Abdul and the Designer Tennis Shoes; National Basketball Associa- tion (NBA); James, Odin; Sports Black Boy, 2, 9, 29, 119n1 Black History Month, 95 Black Panther Party, 107–108, 111 Black Power Movement, 95, 106, 108, 115 Blake, John, 37–38 Blues, the, 104, 105 Blume, Judy, 6 Booker, Cory, 67 Booker, Keonya C., 73 “Boy Code,” 7, 17–18, 53, 54–55, 97. See also Pollack, William Boyd, Candy Dawson, 13, 14, 68, 69 and Chevrolet Sundays, 14, 68, 69–77 Boys (African American) anger of, 4 and children’s (young adult) literature, 12, 13, 15 and Obama, 5, 9–10 plight of, 1 Pollack on, 1 and reading, 7–9 role models of, 46–47 and school, 14 and slavery, 2 and violence, 14, 17, 34–35, 117 See also Basketball; “Boy Code”; Fa- thers; Sports; and individual novels and stories by name Brown, John, 106 Brown v. Board of Education, 67 Bruce, Marino A., 18 Bud, Not Buddy, 95–106, 115, 124n1 Carver, George Washington,...

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