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For black girls like me

by Lockington, Mariama,

Format: Print Book 2019.
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 6 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Fiction juv LOCKINGTON Mariama
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In 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, Makeda's sister is too cool to hang out with her anymore and at school, she can't seem to find one real friend.

Through it all, Makeda can't 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 don't know where you came from?

Published Reviews
Booklist 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.--Jessica Anne Bratt Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this outstanding middle grade debut (told without commas in a mix of narration, letters, and poetry), Lockington (The Lucky Daughter for adults) introduces budding poet Makeda Kirkland, 11, a black girl adopted by a white family. Her cellist father and former violin prodigy mother move their family from Baltimore to Albuquerque, forcing Keda to leave behind her best friend, Lena, the only other black girl she knows with a mixed adoptive family like her own. While struggling to cope with racism at school, Keda, along with big sister Eve, is left to care for their increasingly erratic mother after their father goes on tour abroad. Keda's persistent dreams of her birth mother and a family with skin that looks like hers collide with the unsettling reality of her mother's mental illness and the frightening possibility that the only mother she's ever known could be lost. With 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. Age 8-12. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Identity (Philosophical concept) -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Interracial adoption -- Juvenile fiction.
Families -- Juvenile fiction.
Home schooling -- Juvenile fiction.
Moving, Household -- Juvenile fiction.
Identity -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Interracial adoption -- Fiction.
Family problems -- Fiction.
Home schooling -- Fiction.
Moving, Household -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2019.
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 321 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780374308049
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