A Good Kind of Trouble

A Good Kind of Trouble

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Twelve-year-old Shayla is allergic to trouble. All she wants to do is to follow the rules. (Oh, and she'd also like to make it through seventh grade with her best friendships intact, learn to run track, and have a cute boy see past her giant forehead.) But in junior high, it's like all the rules have changed. Now she's suddenly questioning who her best friends are and some people at school are saying she's not black enough. Wait, what? Shay's sister, Hana, is involved in Black Lives Matter, but Shay doesn't think that's for her. After experiencing a powerful protest, though, Shay decides some rules are worth breaking. She starts wearing an armband to school in support of the Black Lives movement. Soon everyone is taking sides. And she is given an ultimatum.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062836687
0062836684
Branch Call Number: XF RAMEE, LISA
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 22 cm

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Oct 08, 2019

Picture The Hate U Give but for 10-13 year old readers.

Conveys the message just as good as The Hate U Give.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jun 03, 2019

Lots of love for this look at middle school through the eyes of an African American girl struggling with the world we live in today. Perfect for middle school fans of The Hate U Give, or those who aren't quite ready for the teen section yet!

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NADINE KEELS
Apr 11, 2019

Shayla's voice carries this story with humor, heart, and the authenticity of an imperfect but principled girl in progress. Even with this middle grade novel's social justice theme, it's just as much a mix of universal growing pains—adolescents facing the newness, excitement, and awkwardness of an awkward stage.

It's the last third of the novel, though, that pulled me in the most. The depiction of the alarming shame it is when people are more concerned with stopping peaceful protest than with addressing the injustices that led to protest in the first place. The message of the value of human life.

And what I may appreciate most about the novel is its nuance. The simple way it illustrates complexities in social and racial relations, and how Shayla's journey isn't just a path of easy, cheesy no-brainers. What she's dealing with isn't all black and white.

Pardon the pun.

I hope that many, many young readers of all backgrounds will get a hold of this amusing, relatable, timely, and inspiring read.

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May 22, 2019

readingfairy thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

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