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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library J COL (Text) 33500013284229 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library J COL (Text) 33500013284237 New Checked out 03/13/2021
Godel Memorial-Warren Library j COL (Text) 35500006287294 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780316456388
  • ISBN: 0316456381
  • Physical Description: 355 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York ; Little, Brown and Company, 2020.

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In a predominately white California beach town, the only two black seventh-graders, Alberta and Edie, find hidden journals that uncover family secrets and speak to race relations in the past.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 March #2
    *Starred Review* A remarkable middle-grade debut from YA powerhouse Colbert (Little & Lion, 2017), The Only Black Girls in Town is a window into the heart and mind of Alberta, the sole African American girl in her small beach town's seventh grade until another Black family moves in across the street. Although she and her new neighbor could not be any more superficially different—Alberta is a California surfer and Edie is a goth girl from Brooklyn—they bond over their racial "otherness" in a realistic way. Being two of the few Black students in their school (a true-to-life representation of the microaggressions they experience is highlighted by a teacher calling Edie by Alberta's name, although they look nothing alike) brings the girls closer together, while navigating their middle-school dramas and changing family dynamics seems to drive them apart. Fortunately, a desire to uncover the identity of the author of a set of journals they find in Edie's home helps to keep their friendship from completely fracturing, and conflicts are resolved in a reasonable yet satisfying way. Several events central to Black history (the murder of Emmett Till and the Montgomery bus boycott, for example) are introduced without the story becoming didactic, adding depth to a sweet story featuring children of color trying to find their place in a society that tells them they do not fit. Strongly recommended for children's collections. Grades 3-6. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Brandy Colbert is the critically acclaimed author of the novels The Voting Booth, The Revolution of Birdie Randolph, Pointe, Finding Yvonne, and Stonewall Award winner Little & Lion. Born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, she now lives and writes in Los Angeles.

Subject: African American girls > Juvenile fiction.
Friendship > Juvenile fiction.
African Americans > Juvenile fiction.
Race relations > Juvenile fiction.
Secrecy > Juvenile fiction.
Gay fathers > Juvenile fiction.
California > Juvenile fiction.

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