American Library Association Notable Books for Children and Young Adults, 1974

1/ Beale Street Could Talk is a moving book about the survival of a black family in New York City in the late 1960s. Tish is eighteen years old, pregnant, and very much in love with Fonny. Fonny is twenty-one, a sculptor, in jail awaiting trial for a rape he didn't commit. Tish and her entire family are working very hard to free Fonny, while Fonny tries hard to survive his time in jail and to get back to Tish before the baby is born. Through this struggle and a series of flashbacks, the beauty of Tish and Fonny's love for each other and Tish's family's love is pitted against the devastating power of a racist criminal justice system.