Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard
by Echo Brown
Publication Date: Jan 14, 2020
List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Target Age Group: Young Adult
Imprint: Henry Holt & Company
Parent Company: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck
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Recipient of a 2021 William C. Morris Honor for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens
Heavily autobiographical and infused with magical realism, Black Girl Unlimited fearlessly explores the intersections of poverty, sexual violence, depression, racism, and sexism—all through the arc of a transcendent coming-of-age story for fans of Renee Watson’s Piecing Me Together and Ibi Zoboi’s American Street.
Echo Brown is a wizard from the East Side, where apartments are small and parents suffer addictions to the white rocks. Yet there is magic . . . everywhere. New portals begin to open when Echo transfers to the rich school on the West Side, and an insightful teacher becomes a pivotal mentor.
Each day, Echo travels between two worlds, leaving her brothers, her friends, and a piece of herself behind on the East Side. There are dangers to leaving behind the place that made you. Echo soon realizes there is pain flowing through everyone around her, and a black veil of depression threatens to undo everything she’s worked for.
Christy Ottaviano Books
- Young Adult Fiction / Family / Multigenerational
- Young Adult Fiction / Magical Realism
- Young Adult Fiction / People & Places / United States / African American
- Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Class Differences
- Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Mental Illness