Come Juneteenth, ages 12 and up
This coming of age novel is best for high-school aged children. It follows the story of a young girl named Sis Goose, who was born a slave, and after her mother passed away, was adopted into the slave owner’s family, raised as one of their own. Only once the news of the Emancipation Proclamation made its way to Texas where she lived, did Sis Goose realize her adopted family had been lying to her for two years. Sis Goose runs away, and goes on a treacherous journey. It’s a suspenseful page-turner but also an important historical novel for young adults and teenagers.