The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon, set in Chicago, 1968.
Smack in the middle of the civil rights movement, and if you know your history, you'll know what happened in Chicago during 1968...(rioting, Democratic National Convention and corresponding police-enforced curfew...makes for some interesting reading).
This book follows 13 year old Sam, son of civil rights activist Roland Childs, and brother to Stick, who is becoming more and more involved with the Black Panthers. Sam's father believes in peaceful protest, his brother in violence, and now Sam must choose which path to take.
On another note entirely, we have Wings by Aprilynne Pike.
Laurel wakes up one morning to discover she has a flower blooming right smack in the middle of her back. They don't make a cream for that...
And now she has wings. Because she's part faerie, part human. As Laurel learns more about her faerie family, she discovers that her main concern isn't how she's supposed to buy a prom dress with wing slits, it's how to keep her human family safe from the faeries who want to destroy them.