A Good Kind of Trouble

A Good Kind of Trouble

Book - 2019
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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
Branch Call Number: XF RAMEE, LISA
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 22 cm


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ArapahoeJen Mar 09, 2021

This book was truly a great read! Characters who jump off the pages right into your heart. The story touches on so many important issues for all ages, but in a great way for the elementary ages especially. Only wish there was a follow up, as I felt at the end like Shayla and her friends were my friends too.

Sep 16, 2020

Love the book tremendously

I found this book to be relevant and easy to follow. From my memory it is an accurate description of Middle School. Navigating new friendships and romances and balancing all that with a wider understanding of the world. I really liked following Shayla as she struggled to 'fit in' with her family and friends. This book also talks about the BLM movement and social injustices. One scene from this book really stuck with me. The three friends are all talking about the different prejudices and discrimination that they face and Shayla acknowledges them but tells her friends that even though it all sucks she's the only one who really has to worry if her discrimination will lead to her death. It's a very powerful moment. I recommend this book to middle grade readers.

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.

Tigard_HollyCP Jun 28, 2019

Shayla is a near perfect student who would never dream of getting in trouble. Shayla is Black, and her best friends since elementary school, Julia and Isabella, are Asian and Puerto Rican. They have always considered themselves the United Nations; race never mattered to them. But now that they’ve started middle school, they may not be so united after all; maybe race is more important than they realized.

A white cop is on trial for shooting a black man in the back. There is a video of the shooting, and Shayla cannot imagine the cop being found anything but guilty. But she soon realizes that despite this strong evidence, people are worried the cop may actually go free; a black man with his back to her was apparently enough to make her fear for her life. When Shayla learns more about the #BlackLivesMatter movement, she comes to realize just how much it means to her, so much so that she may just take the chance of getting in trouble to stand up for what she believes.

LOVE this sensitively-told, tender story by #ownvoices debut author Lisa Moore Ramée.

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!

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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Sep 16, 2020

black_eagle_873 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

May 22, 2019

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


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Tigard_HollyCP Jun 29, 2019

"I know Black Lives Matter is about reminding people our lives count too, but some people take it wrong and think it means we are saying our lives matter MORE than theirs. Or that ONLY our lives matter. But Momma explained it to me. She said if you go to the doctor and told him you broke your arm and he said, 'Well, okay, let's put you in a full-body cast,' you'd say, 'But, doctor, only my arm is broken.' Get it? So yeah, even though all your bones matter, you only need to fix the broken one. (Momma said it a lot better.)"

Later in the book:

"I decide to ask Momma a question that's bugged me about her broken-bone story. 'Momma, when you were telling me about Black Lives Matter being like a bone, were you saying that Black people are broken?'

Momma [responds], 'No, sugar, we're not broken. We're just the ones who need attention right now.'"


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