A Good Kind of Trouble

A Good Kind of Trouble

eBook - 2019
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From debut author Lisa Moore Ramée comes this funny and bighearted debut middle grade novel about friendship, family, and standing up for what's right, perfect for fans of of Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give and the novels of Renée Watson and Jason Reynolds.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.
Publisher: 2019
ISBN: 9780062836700
Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Middle school starts with the usual concerns around friendship, classes, and crushes, but when her school forbid students to wear black armbands after a community shooting, shy Shayla has to choose between her education and what she knows is right.


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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.

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robe0358
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.

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!

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NADINE KEELS
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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May 22, 2019

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

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