Sincerely Sicily

by Burgess, Tamika,

Format: Print Book 2023
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 3 copies
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Western Allegheny Community Library Middle Grade MG BURGESS
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Collection  Middle Grade
Call Number  MG BURGESS
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From debut author Tamika Burgess comes the captivating and empowering story of Sicily Jordan--a Black Panamanian fashionista who rocks her braids with pride--who learns to use her voice and take pride in who she is while confronting prejudice in the most unexpected of places.

Sicily Jordan's worst nightmare has come true! She's been enrolled in a new school, with zero of her friends and stuck wearing a fashion catastrophe of a uniform. But however bad Sicily thought sixth grade was going to be, it only gets worse when she does her class presentation.

While all her classmates breezed through theirs, Sicily is bombarded with questions on how she can be both Black and Panamanian. She wants people to understand, but it doesn't feel like anyone is ready to listen--first at school and then at home. Because when her abuela starts talking mess about her braids, Sicily's the only one whose heart is being crumpled for a second time.

Staying quiet may no longer be an option, but that doesn't mean Sicily has the words to show the world just what it means to be a proud Black Panamanian either. Even though she hasn't written in her journal since her abuelo passed, it's time to pick up her pen again--but will it be enough to prove to herself and everyone else exactly who she is

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Burgess' touching debut introduces readers to Sicily Jordan, who finds herself in a new school for sixth grade, where she has to wear a uniform (ugh!) and struggles to make friends. Sicily, who is Black and Panamanian, has no issues with standing out and wears her hair in braids to show her pride in her heritage. After a class presentation on her mixed background goes wrong, Sicily is at a loss as to why her classmates are unable to understand how someone can be more than one race. As the story progresses, Sicily starts to struggle with her confidence and pride as she tries to decide if it's time to set aside people's judgement of her and raise her voice to educate others about who she is. Readers will connect to the realistic situations presented in this novel, as well as the themes pertaining to change, personal identity, and grief. Family also plays an important role, especially Sicily's abuela, with whom she has a close relationship. This affirming tale is a strong companion novel for Sharon Draper's Blended (2018)."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Sicily Jordan, who is Panamanian American, is excited to start sixth grade at Ravenswood Middle School with her three best friends, until new zoning results in her no longer being eligible to attend, and she's forced to enroll at local Shirley Chisholm Middle School instead. On her first day of class, Sicily gets a flyer for the school's magazine club, for which she hopes to channel her passion for writing. She also reconnects with Filipina classmate Reyna, with whom she was friends in kindergarten. During a presentation in which Sicily is tasked with educating her classmates about her heritage, a student asks, "If your family is from Panama and they speak Spanish, why are you Black?" When she tries to talk to her family about her frustrations surrounding the classmate's remarks, her abuela makes an anti-Black comment about Sicily's hair that leaves her feeling betrayed. Despite her strained relationships, Sicily stays focused on learning more about her Black and Latina roots; her research inspires her to stand up to her bullies, including her beloved abuela. Timely and refreshing, Burgess's vulnerably rendered debut empathetically tackles colorism and highlights the courage it takes to confront the hurtful words of strangers and loved ones alike. Ages 8--12. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects catreq 01/05/23 bw
Publisher Harper,2023
Edition First edition.
Notes Summary: "Sixth-grader Sicily Jordan learns to use her voice and to find joy in who she is--a Black Panamanian fashionista who rocks her braids with pride--while confronting prejudice both in the classroom and at home"--Provided by publisher.
Description 283 pages ; 22 cm.
ISBN 9780063159600
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