I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This

By Jacqueline Woodson

Twelve-year-old Marie, the only black girl in the eighth grade willing to befriend her white classmate Lena, discovers that Lena's father is doing horrible things to her in private. Woodson's sensitive and lyrical books reveal and give a voice to outsiders often invisible to mainstream America.

More in realistic fiction

More from Margaret A. Edwards Award