What are the best novels with racial discrimination?

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    #1To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.
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    James Fields
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "To Kill a Mockingbird is the most classic story about racial discrimination. Harper Lee set the bar as high as possible and no one has ever been able to reach it. To Kill a Mockingbird is the pinnacle of showing the racial oppression that used to be thriving in America and, in many ways, still is today."
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    #2The Color Purple

    The Color Purple
    Set deep in the American South, The Color Purple by Alice Walker is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. After living a very hard life, she starts to discover joy and the power of her own spirit.
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    Brenda Elliott
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "A classic book that shows what it was like to be a black woman in the 1940s. It tackles sexism as well as racism. It's interesting to compare how things are different today, and how much things remain the same. "
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    #3Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
    During the Great Depression in Mississippi, this story talks about the struggle of a family to maintain pride, independence and integrity against the racism and social inequity. 
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    Samuel Williamson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "It's hard to vote against this book. The story is moving and powerful, and I feel like it's the type of writing that is actually important. It also keeps your pages turning to find out what happens next. I only marked it down for being a little slow in the beginning chapters."
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    #4The Kite Runner

    The Kite Runner
    The Kite Runner is a novel by Khaled Hosseini that tells the story of Amir and his childhood friend Hassan, the son of his father's servant, against the backdrop of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
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    Phillip Phillips
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Do you have an interest in the best novels with racial discrimination? Well you should make sure to read The Kite Runner. This heartbreaking story of betrayal and redemption set in war-torn Afghanistan is about two childhood friends in the alleys and orchards of Kabul in the sunny days before the invasion of the Soviet army and Afghanistan’s decent into fanaticism. It is a definite masterpiece and one you cannot miss."
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    #5Number the Stars

    Number the Stars
    Number the Stars by Lois Lowry follows the journey of a Jewish family escaping from Copenhagen during the ruthless days of World War II. This novel also shows the strong power of friendship and how solid bonds can move people.
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    Judy Schmidt
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "We bought this book for my son's reading assignment. He really liked it and was very engaged while reading. Great book! "
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    #6The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is an award-winning young adult novel by Sherman Alexie. It tells the story of Junior, a Spokane Indian who left the reservation to go to an all-white high school.


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    Jose Weaver
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I feel like critics will describe this book as "important." That's what critics say when they think a work's message is unassailable but the work itself is pretentious garbage. Let me sum up this book for you: Racism is bad. There, I've saved you all that time to learn such a thing that everybody already agrees. This book is vapid - it's uninspiring, it's thoughtless, it's boring. The only thing it has going for it is a politically-correct message."
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    #7The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.
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    Vishal Subramanium
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "An interesting story from a difficult time in our history. An excellent choice for the topic. I enjoyed it very much, but it is a bit dark."
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    #8The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American novel by Mark Twain. Published in 1884, it tells the story of a naughty boy settled in the Mississippi Valley. Full of humor it's also considered a deep and complex work.
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    Benjamin Wong
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "A great example of a novel with racial discrimination. A timeless classic."
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    #9Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg has a folksy, fresh, endearing and affecting story. Written by one of the fairest and funniest ladies in America, it tells a contrasting, yet enthralling tale of humor and drama.

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    Pari Jain
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The best novel with racial discrimination would not be Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. It is not a good portrayal of racial discrimination as it does not have any in the story. It is a good book, just not one that would fit the narrative that you're looking for. "
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    #10Push

    Push

    Push is a horrifying book written by Damien Paul that tells the haunting story of Precious Jones. She is only 16 but her father already made her pregnant. She does not only suffer sexual abuse but physical abuse too. 

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    Alicia Palacios
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I don't think this book has anything to do with racial discrimination. This book tells the story of an abused girl."
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    #11Beloved

    Beloved

    Beloved is a multi-award-winning historical fiction novel written by Nobel laureate for literature, Toni Morrison. It was first published in 1987 and it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988.

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    Peter Barrett
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "It is unclear what is meant by racial discrimination but since this is a pulitzer prize winning novel about slavery I would imagine this fits perfectly with what I am looking for. I can't imagine a more relevant result."
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    #12A Dry White Season

    A Dry White Season

    A Dry White Season is a classic fiction and cultural novel by André Brink that tells a story of Benjamin, the racial segregation, and the apartheid present in the South African society in the mid 1900's. 

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    Anna Woods
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "An unflinching and unforgettable look at racial intolerance, the human condition, and the heavy price of morality"
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    #13Stella by Starlight

    Stella by Starlight
    Stella by Starlight is a historical fiction novel by Sharon M. Draper, renowned children's writer. It was first published in 2015, and it tells the story of Stella who lives deep in the south where racism is rampant.
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    Ronald Wallace
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This book is good it's like learning history through the eyes of a child in this era. I believe that this paints a pretty realistic picture of life in times of racial discrimination in the past. Good book."
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    #14There Are No Children Here

    There Are No Children Here

    There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America is a book for young adults written by Alex Kotlowitz. It was released in 2010 and became a National Book Bestseller.

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    Deng Shi
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "While racial discrimination might be a sensitive topic, it's one that's important to explore in today's cultural climate. "There Are No Children Here" explores the issue from an inside perspective, and really offers the reader a glimpse into the minds of the marginalized. I appreciated this book for both its gripping storyline, as well as the underlying morals, and believe it's one of the best in the genre."
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    #15Yankee Girl

    Yankee Girl
    Yankee Girl is a children's historical fiction novel by Mary Ann Rodman, first published in 2004. Set in Mississippi during the 1960s in the midst of racial integration, it tells the story of Alice and her friendship with Valerie.
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    Cheryl Pena
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Fun coming of age story, but very sad. It is really sad to imagine this behavior."

Summary

Best What are the best novels with racial discrimination
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 47 Paid
2The Color PurpleBooks 41 Paid
3Roll of Thunder, Hear My CryBooks 40 Paid
4The Kite RunnerBooks 37 Paid
5Number the StarsBooks 35 Paid
6The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBooks 33 Paid
7The Book ThiefBooks 31 Paid
8The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnBooks 27 Free
9Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop CafeBooks 25 Paid
10PushBooks 4 Paid
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