For Black Girls Like Me (English Edition)
            This book is so important for so many reasons Not only is it from an ownvoices writer, it s beautifully written, the characters are compelling, and the emotional journey is honest and gripping This is the kind of book that many kids have been waiting for one that reflects an experience that is common, yet rarely depicted in literature Tender, thoughtful, and moving, FOR BLACK GIRLS LIKE ME is a must have for school and library collections, as well as for every young reader. This book is beautifully written and covers many important topics All readers would enjoy this story. This beautiful book, full of poetry, music, and heart, ought to find a place on every library or classroom shelf Lockington perfectly captures the complicated nature of growing up as an adopted black child in a white family, feeling equally loved, smothered, lonely, misunderstood, and desperately curious about her biological parents The book raises issues about race and identity that will foster excellent classroom discussions. I heard about this book when the author was interviewed on the podcast Adoptees On but this is not simply an adoption story This is a timely exploration of the complexities of race and identity, from a unique perspective Additionally, the novel grapples with the impact of mental illness on the entire family unit I m a youth services librarian who is back in school to become a family therapist and I highly recommend this book. School Library Journal Best Book of 2019 A Junior Library Guild Selection Five starred reviews Lockington s middle grade debut is a gorgeous, tender depiction of a young Black girl seeking the space to thrivethe versatility of its style and structure means this novel could be used in many group discussions centering topics from transracial adoption to genre blending literature VERDICT An essential purchase for all collections School Library Journal, starred review An outstanding middle grade debutWith intimate authenticity, she explores how fierce but colorblind familial love can result in erasure and sensitively delineates the pain of facing casual racism, as well as the disconcerting experience of being the child of a mentally ill parent Publishers Weekly, starred review In this OwnVoices middle grade debut, Lockington captures the joy and angst of transracial adoptionan authentic and intimate portrayalthis 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 Booklist, starred reviewDistinctive, lyrical prose with poems interspersed throughout Keda s world is richly drawn and seamlessly presented in a strong, authentic voice This magnificent middle grade debut from Mariama J Lockington is an absolute gift of a book BookPage, starred reviewLockington s focused imagery and impressively balanced rhythm between prose and poetry share the perspective of a black girl trying to find a place in her community and in her family Shelf Awareness, starred reviewThe multimodal storytelling is visually accessible yet conceptually sophisticated, and Keda s narration, in a reflective, comma free style, has a touch of adult perception to it that helps expand the audience range of the story Readers will cheer Keda as she emerges with a stronger andloving sense of herself Bulletin of the Center for Children s BooksAchingly honest, and so well observed, FOR BLACK GIRLS LIKE ME is like the most haunting blues song lyrically rendered, heartbreaking, a wail of a novel that will offer young people and adults alike hope in the fact that we are not alone in our pain National Book Award Winner of THE POET X, Elizabeth AcevedoMariama Lockington s novel FOR BLACK GIRLS LIKE ME is a revelation and a gift, brimming with beauty, honesty, heartbreak, and most of all love It is a story in which so many young people, especially transracial adoptees, will be able to catch glimpses of their own complicated realities This book is one I dearly wish I d had, growing up adopted I am so grateful that it exists now Mariama s is a voice we need, and this gorgeous debut novel is destined to be read, shared, and treasured by readers of all ages Nicole Chung, author of All You Can Ever KnowFor Black Girls Like Me is the book I needed as a young girl My heart ached for Makeda in the difficult moments and swelled as she slowly learned to use her voice This is a beautiful, necessary book Brandy Colbert, author of Finding Yvonne and Little Lockington s debut is a revelation Her voice is a much needed addition in a field that is far too sparse on ownvoices stories, and this story in particular is one that only lived experience could bring to life The language is delicious Keda s story is searing and essential I can t wait for everyone to read this Tracey Baptiste, New York Times bestselling author of The Jumbies seriesI don t think I ve ever read amoving rendering of the complex dynamics of growing up as a young, black transracially adopted woman today Debut novelist Mariama Lockington, herself a young black transracial adoptee, nails the experience of being loved and lonely at the same time She somehow manages to do this while exploring family mental illness, sibling relationships, moving schools and geographies, and the messiness of pre adolescence This is a gorgeous new voice that we desperately need in this time of overly simplistic stories of race, family, and childhood in popular culture Shannon Gibney, author of the Minnesota Book Award winning YA novel, See No ColorIn this lyrical coming of age story about family, sisterhood, music, race, and identity, Mariama J Lockington draws on some of the emotional truths from her own experiences growing up with an adoptive white family.I am a girl but most days I feel like a question mark.Makeda June Kirkland is eleven years old, adopted, and black Her parents and big sister are white, and even though she loves her family very much, Makeda often feels left out When Makeda s family moves from Maryland to New Mexico, she leaves behind her best friend, Lena the only other adopted black girl she knows for a new life In New Mexico, everything is different At home, Makedas sister is too cool to hang out with her any and at school, she cant seem to find one real friend.Through it all, Makeda cant help but wonder What would it feel like to grow up with a family that looks like me Through singing, dreaming, and writing secret messages back and forth with Lena, Makeda might just carve a small place for herself in the world For Black Girls Like Me is for anyone who has ever asked themselves How do you figure out where you are going if you dont know where you came from

  • Vorbespielter Audioplayer
  • For Black Girls Like Me (English Edition)
  • Mariama J Lockington
  • 06 September 2019

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