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  • ISBN: 9780374308049
  • ISBN: 0374308047
  • Physical Description: 321 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2019.

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Spring -- Summer -- Fall.
Summary, etc.:
Eleven-year-old Makeda dreams of meeting her African American mother, while coping with serious problems in her white adopted family, a cross-country move, and being homeschooled.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 July #1
    *Starred Review* Eleven-year-old Keda is a Black adoptee to white parents. After her family moves from Baltimore to Albuquerque, she struggles with changing schools and leaving behind her best friend, Lena, who was also adopted into a mixed family. Keda's daily life is filled with indignities from her adoptive family, hate speech from classmates, and microaggressions toward her skin, hair, and "white" mannerisms. When her father leaves town to go on tour, Keda and her sister are left to care for their mentally ill mother, even as Keda dreams of her birth mother and what life might have been like with family members who looked the same as her. In this #OwnVoices middle-grade debut, Lockington captures the joy and angst of transracial adoption. Keda's first-person narration is broken up by material in various formats including handwritten letters (to Lena), emails, poetry, and Tumblr posts. The result is an authentic and intimate portrayal with themes of identity, mental health, education, and family. Any Black girl struggling to navigate a white family will find comfort in chapter headings such as "Questions I Have for Black Girls like Me." This is a necessary read for girls struggling with identity and purpose within their families, as well as a powerful coming-of-age story of Black womanhood. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Mariama J. Lockington is an adoptee, writer, and nonprofit educator. She has been telling stories and making her own books since the second grade, when she wore short-alls and flower leggings every day to school. Her work has appeared in a number of magazines and journals, including Buzzfeed News Reader, and she is the author of the poetry chapbook The Lucky Daughter. Mariama holds a Masters in Education from Lesley University and Masters in Fine Arts in Poetry from San Francisco State University. She lives in Lexington, KY with her partner and dapple haired dachshund, Henry.

Subject: Identity > Fiction.
African Americans > Fiction.
Interracial adoption > Fiction.
Family problems > Fiction.
Home schooling > Fiction.
Moving, Household > Fiction.
Identity (Philosophical concept) > Juvenile fiction.
African Americans > Juvenile fiction.
Interracial adoption > Juvenile fiction.
Families > Juvenile fiction.
Home schooling > Juvenile fiction.
Moving, Household > Juvenile fiction.
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American.
Identity (Philosophical concept)
Genre: Children's stories.
Juvenile works.

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