A Good Kind of TroubleeBook - 2019
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Librarianatasha Aug 20, 2018
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 know Black Lives Matter is about reminding people our lives count too, but some people take it wrong and think it means we are saying our lives matter MORE than theirs. Or that ONLY our lives matter. But Momma explained it to me. She said if you go to the doctor and told him you broke your arm and he said, 'Well, okay, let's put you in a full-body cast,' you'd say, 'But, doctor, only my arm is broken.' Get it? So yeah, even though all your bones matter, you only need to fix the broken one. (Momma said it a lot better.)"
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"I decide to ask Momma a question that's bugged me about her broken-bone story. 'Momma, when you were telling me about Black Lives Matter being like a bone, were you saying that Black people are broken?'
Momma [responds], 'No, sugar, we're not broken. We're just the ones who need attention right now.'"
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