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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bagley Public Library J WAT (Text) 33500013235395 New Checked out 09/29/2020
Mahnomen Public Library J WAT (Text) 33500013235403 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781547600564
  • ISBN: 154760056X
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: [New York] : Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2020.

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Summary, etc.:
The Hart family of Portland, Oregon, faces many setbacks after Ryan's father loses his job, but no matter what, Ryan tries to bring sunshine to her loved ones.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 7-10. Bloomsbury Children's Books.
Grades 2-3. Bloomsbury Children's Books.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 March #2
    *Starred Review* A beautifully rendered series of vignettes à la Beezus and Ramona (Cleary, 1955) featuring a Black girl developing into her own personhood, this is a strong start to a new middle-grade series by Newbery Honor Book author Watson (Piecing Me Together, 2017). Each chapter pulls the reader into the mind of Ryan Hart, a vivacious child navigating her family's changing circumstances after her father loses his job and finds a midnight shift position that pays less. Petty squabbles with her older brother, her mother's moods, and the family's move to a much smaller house all introduce new challenges for Ryan to overcome. And overcome she does, with personality and spirit reminiscent of some of the most well-loved heroines in classic juvenile fiction tales. These stories do not shy away from the dynamics of race and girlhood—in one particularly realistic scene, Ryan is told not to get her recently straightened hair wet at a pool party and feels ashamed of the way it changes after she does—but they do not skimp on levity or spunkiness either. The few illustrations sprinkled throughout add a lot to the depiction of a childhood rich in familial love and Black girl magic. More than a window into the everyday experiences of children of color, this ensures that African American girls in particular feel seen.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Watson is no stranger to critical acclaim or best-seller lists, and her latest should have no trouble finding a ready audience. Grades 3-5. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Renée Watson is a New York Times bestselling author. Her novel, Piecing Me Together, received a Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award. Her books include Some Places More Than Others, This Side of Home, What Momma Left Me, Betty Before X, cowritten with Ilyasah Shabazz, and Watch Us Rise, cowritten with Ellen Hagan, as well as two acclaimed picture books: A Place Where Hurricanes Happen and Harlem’s Little Blackbird, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Renée grew up in Portland, Oregon, and splits her time between Portland and New York City.; @harlemportland (Instagram); @reneewauthor (Twitter)

Subject: Family life > Oregon > Portland > Fiction.
Schools > Fiction.
African Americans > Fiction.
Portland (Or.) > Fiction.

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