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Detroit Lakes Public Library J WAT (Text) 33500013127824 New Available -
Fosston Public Library J WAT (Text) 33500013127816 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781681191089
  • ISBN: 1681191083
  • ISBN: 9781526613684
  • ISBN: 1526613689
  • Physical Description: 194 pages ; 20 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2019.

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Amara visits her father's family in Harlem for her twelfth birthday, hoping to better understand her family and herself, but New York City is not what she expected.-- Provided by Publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 July #1
    Amara, almost 12, leads a comfortable life in Beaverton, Oregon. Her dad works for Nike, and that brings perks. Her mom owns a boutique and is pregnant with Amara's soon-to-be sister. But when her teacher assigns a family history project, she realizes there's a lot she doesn't know: Why is her father estranged from Grandpa Earl? Does it have something to do with her birthday being so close to her grandmother's death? After much pleading, Amara is allowed to accompany her father on a business trip to New York, where she visits with relatives, tries to mend old feuds, starts a new one, and unravels family secrets. Though there are few surprises here, Watson creates characters that pop, especially Amara, who, through her first-person narration, demonstrates how past events affect the present. The Harlem setting makes a good background for Amara's growing awareness of Black history and how her privileged existence (a source of irritation to her cousin Ava) has been built on the shoulders of those who came before—some historical figures, others closer to home. Satisfying in many ways.HIGH-DEMAND BACK STORY: Books from Watson, a Newbery Honor winner and Coretta Scott King–award winning author, always generate a buzz. Grades 5-7. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

RENÉE WATSON is the Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award-winning author of the novels Piecing Me Together, This Side of Home, What Momma Left Me, Betty Before X, co-written with Ilyasah Shabazz, and two picture books: Harlem's Little Blackbird and A Place Where Hurricanes Happen. Renée is the founder of I, Too, Arts Collective, a nonprofit committed to nurturing underrepresented voices in the creative arts. She lives in New York City.; @harlemportland (Instagram); @reneewauthor (Twitter)

Subject: New York (N.Y.) > Juvenile fiction.
Families > New York (State) > Juvenile fiction.
African Americans > New York (State) > Juvenile fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) > Juvenile fiction.
Children's stories.
Families > New York (State) > Harlem > Fiction.
African Americans > New York (State) > Fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) > Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) > Fiction.
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents.
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / New Experience.
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American.
New York (State) > New York.
Family > Juvenile fiction.
African Americans > Juvenile fiction.
Family life > Fiction.
African Americans > Fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) > Juvenile fiction.
New York (N.Y.) > Juvenile fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) > Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) > Fiction.
Genre: Children's stories.
Juvenile works.

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