[PDF / Epub] ✩ For Black Girls Like Me ☉ Mariama J. Lockington – Buyphenergan500.us

For Black Girls Like MeI Am A Girl But Most Days I Feel Like A Question MarkMakeda June Kirkland Is Eleven Years Old, Adopted, And Black Her Parents And Big Sister Are White, And Even Though She Loves Her Family Very Much, Makeda Often Feels Left Out When Makeda S Family Moves From Maryland To New Mexico, She Leaves Behind Her Best Friend, Lena The Only Other Adopted Black Girl She Knows For A New Life In New Mexico, Everything Is Different At Home, Makeda S Sister Is Too Cool To Hang Out With Her Any And At School, She Can T Seem To Find One Real FriendThrough It All, Makeda Can T Help But Wonder What Would It Feel Like To Grow Up With A Family That Looks Like Me Through Singing, Dreaming, And Writing Secret Messages Back And Forth With Lena, Makeda Might Just Carve A Small Place For Herself In The World

[PDF / Epub] ✩ For Black Girls Like Me ☉ Mariama J. Lockington – Buyphenergan500.us
  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • For Black Girls Like Me
  • Mariama J. Lockington
  • English
  • 26 September 2017
  • 9780374308049

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  1. says:

    Thanks to author Mariama J Lockington forblackgirlslikeme and macmillankidsbooks for a free copy of this STUNNING book to share with kidlitexchange I will be mailing this to akossket right away and then it will be shared w kidlitexchange This book isn t out until July 30, but please put it on all your summer pre orders now It s perfect for grades 4 8 and belongs in each and every elementary and middle school library in America. 5 5 big GUSHING stars for this beautifully written debut novel Written in prose, but also poetry, lyrics, letters and Tumblr posts, For Black Girls Like Me tells the story of Keda, a young Black adoptee who is struggling with her identity while also dealing with her mother s worsening mental illness Short chapters, a compelling narrative and well developed characters make this a quick, compulsive read I know several students who will devour this book in one or two sittings like I did And YET while this was a quick read, the message and story will be with me for a long time. Keda s family has moved from Balti to Albuquerque for her father s job Her parents are both accomplished string musicians, but her mother is out of work for now and spends long days in bed Her white sister, Eve, immediately finds new friends in her new school, but the transition is not as easy for Keda In her new school, Keda experiences both microaggressions and overt racism including the N word When she finds out, her mother tries to help by dramatically removing both daughters from the school While this may be the correct response, the mother s drama and white tears, her constant insistence on being colorblind when Keda knows the world is anything but and her refusal to buy her daughter effective lotion for her skin all add up to a mother who doesn t truly understand her own child Keda feels like she doesn t have anyone to turn to for help besides her best friend and fellow adoptee , Lena, who is now on the other side of the country Keda and Lena s letters radiate with warmth, humor and love they are my very favorite part of this book Their resulting Tumblr, titled Questions I Have For Black Girls Like Me, is an outlet for Keda and her emotions As Keda s mother s illness worsens and her behavior becomes erratic, Keda and her sister Eve must work through their differences to support each other and help their mother Readers will likely appreciate the complicated end of this book many of the characters have work to do in the future if they are to support each other effectively No neat happy endings here. For Black Girls Like Me is a perfect windowsandmirrors book that offers important insight into the world of a transracial adoption, as well as the reality of living with a mentally ill parent I can t wait to send it off to kidlitexchange to get reviews, especially from some Black reviewers bookstagram bookreview forblackgirlslikeme mgbook mglit middlegradebooks transracialadoption

  2. says:

    This is a book that will remain in my heart for a long, long time Beautifully written, in a variety of formats, BLACK GIRLS LIKE ME, is the story of Keda, an 11 year old African American girl adopted as a baby, by a white family However, this story not only tackles the feelings Keda has a black girl growing up in a white family, it also addresses racism, mental illness, friendship and family bonds This story had so many rich layers to it, and although it was heartbreaking at times, it was powerful, engaging and beautiful I loved how the story was told, not only through a narrative and poems, but through letters and blog posts between Keda and her best friend I also loved how the title of each chapter interacted and connected with the story This was a book that I seriously couldn t put down I stayed up many nights reading way too late because I was completely invested in Keda and needed to find hope for her in the darkness This story was raw and real While the ending was not necessarily happily ever after, and it didn t need to be, by any means it was honest and hopeful As a middle school reading specialist, I would highly recommend this book to all middle grade readers and will definitely add this to my classroom library.

  3. says:

    Kidlitexchange partner I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own.Releasing 7 30 19Keda is a Black eleven year old girl with a white adoptive family When her family moves to a different state Keda gets separated from her best friend, the only other Black girl with a white adoptive family she knows Now she has to dig deep into her beliefs and emotions to face the world with the type of ugliness only she experiences because of her skin color There are so many Black girl truths in this book I teared up, I laughed, I blushed, I hollered and got angry right along with Keda Keda s story of coming of age is also one of family emotional ties The love and patience she has for her family especially her mom will make your heart swell.The way the author handles mental illness squeezed my heart She does it truthfully with the confusion, anger, denial and loss that usually follows a medical diagnosis.Keda s life sounds rough and emotionally draining but I appreciate the relentless presence of hope in the story through Keda s beautiful verses Things are very messy but definitely not hopeless.This is a book that is sure to spark hours and hours of discussions I can t wait for July so I can finally talk spoilers with quotes because I Have Things To Say Good things of course.

  4. says:

    This book is beautiful, beautiful, beautiful I finished it with tears in my eyes and hope in my heart Lockington s writing is gorgeous There were so many moments of beautiful imagery Countless lines I stopped to read twice The poetry in the book is lovely, and the letters between Keda and her best friend were one of my favorite parts They were vibrant with humor and truth and a love you could feel Keda s voice sings through these pages It drew me in from the first line and wrapped me up in her world She is an unforgettable character Kind and clever and brave She is also incredibly resilient something she proves throughout the course of the story as is piled on her young shoulders The story starts at a time of drastic change for Keda She s moving across the country, leaving her best friend and everything she knows behind, and dealing with a parent with mental illness She is also struggling with issues of identity and knowing exactly where she fits questions that are only compounded by this change in environment and the countless ignorant questions she is constantly forced to answer as a young black girl adopted into a white family I felt hard wired into Keda s emotions Every pain and triumph But most of all, my heart was lifted by her strength and by the sense of hope that permeated every line I loved her so much, and I know that you will too.

  5. says:

    A heartbreaking, beautiful book about family, identity, and the messiness of being a human.The story follows Makeda Keda for short through a move across the country with her family While her older sister is outgrowing childhood and leaving Keda behind, Keda wrestles with being all alone in a new school where she experiences microaggressions and overt racism To add to the loneliness, her father is busy with a new job, and her mother is slipping into a depression Keda was adopted as a baby, and none of Keda s white family members understand her needs, from buying the right lotion for her skin to taking her to the right hair salon to saying the world should be colorblind , they don t get it right Keda yearns to understand what it would be like to grow up in a biological family This story covers so many important topics in an authentic voice trans racial adoption, microaggressions, racism, bipolar depression, suicideI appreciated that the story shows a switch from traditional school to homeschooling as a positive alternative rather than the homeschooling student finally going to real school as so many stories do I found the short chapters, beautiful poetry, honest letters between friends, and musical influences to add both interest and variety I fell in love with Keda s voice and hurt with her This is a heartfelt windowsand mirrors book that will stick with me for a long time Thank you for the opportunity to read it LitReviewCrewNote and spoiler alert There is a dramatic suicide attempt scene mother that could definitely be a trigger for some readers.

  6. says:

    This book is absolutely gorgeous Five stars on the writing alone So many touching, lovely images throughout, and the voice just hums with unique sentence structure and stylistic choices that show the reader so clearly who Keda is and who she wants to become Such a lovable character On top of all this, poems sprinkled throughout point to Keda s struggle as an adopted black girl in a white family, while that family threatens to combust with struggles of its own due to the adoptive mother s mental illness Highly emotional read

  7. says:

    What a beautiful story about family, belonging, and self discovery Here are some things I loved short chapters My MG students do so well with short chapters and so do I Wide range of tough topics Realistic characters who make mistakes and are human Then, they grow Finally, Keda I loved her so much I received this book as part of the LitReviewCrew in exchange for an honest review.

  8. says:

    Note Review of Advance Reader s Edition Book publishes 7 30 2019 BookExcursionMakeda June Kirkland is a transracial adoptee An 11 year old Black girl with a White mother, father, and sister Her move from Balti, MD to Albuquerque, NM, also makes her the new girl at a new school where she is grossly misunderstood by her peers She s trying to come into her own in a world where she often feels like she doesn t fit in As it is said in the book s blurb, For Black Girls Like Me is for anyone who has ever asked themselves How do you figure out where you are going if you don t know where you came from Keda s experience is authentic and pure With all my heart I adored her Questions I have for Black Girls Like Me that are interspersed throughout the text, in purposeful poetic form while others are written as letters and then blog posts to her best friend Lena She s asking the sort of questions that I ve uttered at one point in my formative years and if I were honest with myself, that sometimes resurface from the recesses of my mind Questions like Who loves us Who wants to dance with us Who sees us Who understands us Who holds us Who thinks we are beautiful Or how about another question of Keda s, Who decides what kind of hair is beautiful There are so many great questions and my eyes teared up reading some of them because in 2019 we have to have a Natural Hair Discrimination Law enacted and in 2019 we have Black women being asked to cover up for inappropriate attire Dr Tisha Rowe as though people can t handle our curves I was reading Keda s questions and found myself answering her I see you Keda I love you I will dance with you You are beautiful This book was on my MustReadin2019 list and I am so glad that I finally had the chance to read it while it was on a BookExcursion I look forward to adding this book for readers to enjoy in our library I think it is well suited for upper middle grade readers and will also appeal to middle and high school students.

  9. says:

    Oh boy did I love this book Reason 1 I have students that will see so many mirrors of their own lives in Keda s life in their own black, smart, adopted, parents that don t look like her, mental illness in the family, love of music singing, being the new kid, being called an offensive name Reason 2 I loved the mix of chapters written in prose with chapters written in verse or song lyrics Although I do enjoy novels written entirely in verse, I feel like they often tend to fall flat when you consider the poems individually often than not it feels to me like authors of novels in verse took the easy way out and just wrote short chapters spaced out over pages rather than poetry Because Lockington scattered Keda s poems and songs lyrics throughout the book, I felt like she really focused on making each one shine with the word choice and figurative language.Reason 3 Keda s relationships rang true for me especially her relationships with her best friend and her sister Both were complicated and layered in exactly the ways you d expect for an eleven year old girl Needless to say, I can t wait to get my hands on a copy of this for my students to read.

  10. says:

    I ve been pushing myself to read books about characters that are different than me, and this is one book that nailed it with important topics of society today It is important for me to read from the perspectives of different characters than what I am used to, and Keda s voice in this book did exactly that Written from the perspective of a black, adopted young girl who is trying to figure out who she is was a great read for me and will be for others, whether it is a mirror or a window book for the reader

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