Piecing Me Together
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2018 Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Writer Award Winner“Timely and timeless.” –Jacqueline Woodson“Important and deeply moving.” –John Green
Acclaimed Writer Renee Watson offers a powerful story about a girl striving for success in a world that too ceaselessly seems find it irresistible’s trying to break her.
Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she’s ever going to succeed. Her mother tells her to make the most of every opportunity that comes her way. And Jade has: each day she rides the bus away from her friends and to the private school where she feels like an outsider, but where she has quite a lot of opportunities. But some opportunities she doesn’t actually welcome, like a call for participation to enroll in Women to Women, a mentorship program for “at-risk” girls. Just because her mentor is black and graduated from the same high school doesn’t mean she understands where Jade is coming from. She’s tired of being singled out as someone who needs help, someone people want to fix. Jade wants to speak, to create, to express her joys and sorrows, her pain and her hope. Maybe there are a few things she could show other women about understanding the world and finding ways to be real, to make a difference.
NPR’s Best Books of 2017A 2017 New York Public Library Best Teen Book of the YearChicago Public Library’s Best Books of 2017A School Library Journal Best Book of 2017Kirkus Reviews’ Best Teen Books of 20172018 Josette Frank Award Winner
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