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Award-Winning African-American Books

'Beloved' by Toni Morrison

Haunting Pulitzer Prize winner about slavery's impact.

Age: 15+

What Parents Should Know: Parents need to know that this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is on many high school required reading lists because it's a classic that will leave a lasting imprint on readers. It's true that "Beloved" is the 26th book on the American Library Association's Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books for 2000-2009 and has been challenged for its violence, sexuality, and more: It features a gritty infanticide, racial language, horrific sexual assaults, and even references to sex with animals. But teens are mature enough to handle the challenges this book presents. At this age they can decide for themselves what they think about disturbing personal and historical events. "Beloved" is a beautiful, powerful book that will help all readers learn about the horrors of slavery, and leave them thinking about what it means to be a strong, heroic, or moral person. —Common Sense Media (Photo: Vintage Books)

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