A Good Kind of Trouble - Lisa Moore Ramée - Thorndike - 978-1432881535
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A Good Kind of Trouble

  • Lisa Moore Ramée
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432881531
  • ISBN-13: 9781432881535
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.18 lbs ( .53 kgs)
  • 408 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released September 2020

About

Overview

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.

Shay is scared to do the wrong thing (and even more scared to do the right thing), but if she doesn’t face her fear, she’ll be forever tripping over the next hurdle. Now that’s trouble, for real.

Age Range: 8-12 | Grade Level: 3-7 | Lexile Measure: 720L

Reviews

Customer Reviews

“Ramée effectively portrays the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement and the difficulty of navigating complex social situations while conveying universal middle school questions about friendship, first crushes, and identity. Shay’s journey is an authentic and engaging political and personal awakening.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Shayla navigates the world of middle school and the troubled world beyond with wit and endless heart. A timely, funny, and unforgettable debut about friendship, facing your fears, and standing up for what’s right.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Reminiscent in writing style to works by Lauren Myracle and Jason Reynolds, this novel [shows] Shayla’s typical middle school problems, then switches to the very specific problems she faces as a young black girl in America . . . [For] middle grade readers who aren’t yet ready for Thomas’s The Hate U Give.”

— School Library Journal (starred)