I Have a Dream

12 teen books about oppression and civil rights

Over fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. and told the world about his dream for a better future. Half a century on, things have improved enormously, but there's still work to be done, and there's always the concern that things could slide backwards, given the right circumstances. In honour of King's historic speech, let's take a look at what the world once was, and guard against what it could be, if we're not careful.

2. Farenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

3. Black Like Me

John Howard Griffin
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4. V for Vendetta

Alan Moore
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5. The Witness

James Jauncey
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8. Mockingjay

Suzanne Collins

10. Maggot Moon

Sally Gardner
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11. Noughts And Crosses

Malorie Blackman
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12. March

John Lewis, Nate Powell

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Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust