by Paula Chase
Publication Date: Sep 15, 2020
List Price: $16.99
Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
Imprint: Greenwillow Books
Parent Company: News Corporation
When being yourself isn’t good enough, who should you be?
Told in dual perspectives, this provocative and timely novel for middle-school readers by Paula Chase, the acclaimed author of So Done and Dough Boys, will resonate with fans of Jason Reynolds, Rebecca Stead, and Ren e Watson.
Best friends Rasheeda and Monique are both good girls. For Sheeda, that means keeping her friends close and following her deeply religious and strict aunt’s every rule. For Mo, that means not making waves in the prestigious and mostly White ballet intensive she’s been accepted to.
But what happens when Sheeda catches the eye of Mo’s older brother, and the invisible racial barriers to Mo’s success as a ballerina turn out to be not so invisible? What happens when you discover that being yourself isn’t good enough? How do you fight back?
Paula Chase explores the complex and emotional issues that affect many young teens in this novel set in the same neighborhood as her acclaimed So Done and Dough Boys. Friendship, family, finding yourself, and standing your ground are the themes of this universal story that is perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds, Rebecca Stead, and Ren e Watson.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
- Juvenile Fiction / Family / Alternative Family
- Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Adolescence
- Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Friendship