The Bluford Series is a collection of young adult novels that focus on the lives of a group of high school students and their families. Set in contemporary urban America, each novel addresses complex topics relevant to the lives of today's students: family, friendship, trust, isolation, violence, and peer pressure to name a few. The books feature male and female characters and include elements from many literary genres, such as mystery, romance, and a touch of the supernatural. In other words, the Bluford Series has something for almost every reader. The books are short (less than 200 pages) and written in a highly readable style.