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Fiction: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, prejudice and racism
Title: Piecing Me Together
By: Renee Watson
Book Group Leader: Mya Violette
Goodreads: 4.24 Stars
Amazon: 4.7 Stars
Ms. Smith’s Review: 5 Stars! A book about chances, hard work, and empowerment. Loved it!!
Awards/Honors: Green Mountain Book Award Nominee (GMBA) 2018/19, 2018 Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner,
NPR's Best Books of 2017, A 2017 New York Public Library Best Teen Book of the Year, Chicago Public Library's Best Books of 2017, A School Library Journal Best Book of 2017, Kirkus Reviews' Best Teen Books of 2017, 2018 Josette Frank Award Winner
Gr 7 Up-High school junior Jade is an "at-risk" student from a rough neighborhood in Portland, OR. She is also a talented collage artist, and she attends an elite private school on scholarship. More than anything, she wants to go on a study abroad week offered at her school to use her Spanish skills. Instead, she is given an invitation to join Woman to Woman, a mentorship program for young women like her: poor and black. Her mentor, Maxine, is from a more privileged background, and Jade doesn't see what she can learn from her. But in spite of her early resistance to Maxine, Jade begins to open up and gain confidence, and, eventually, she is able to express the importance of her family, her community, and her art. The two strong female characters and the ways in which they struggle with and support each other form the center of this tale. Most young people will relate to Jade's search to find her voice and learn to advocate for herself in appropriate ways. The lack of a romantic lead may leave some young teen readers disappointed, but there is a real, refreshing strength in a fully fleshed-out female character whose story is her own. This is a memorable novel that demonstrates that a happy ending doesn't require a romantic subplot. VERDICT This unique and thought-provoking title offers a nuanced meditation on race, privilege, and intersectionality. A first purchase for YA collections.-Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc.
Other Books YA by Renee Watson include: This Side of Home