Piecing Me Together

5 CDs. 5:30 hrs. Recorded Bks. May 2018. ISBN 9781501997792. $51.75. digital download.
Gr 8 Up—Jade is a high school junior who has been labeled an "at-risk" student and qualifies for tuition-free education at a high school across town. Even though she feels like an outsider, she understands that the new school will provide opportunities she is not likely to get closer to home. However, she does not hesitate to let the adults in her day-to-day life know what she does not want or need. This is a deeply moving novel that tackles sensitive issues of interracial friendships, social acceptance, racial stereotyping, and more. Even though this is a story of a young woman who is striving for success in a world that wants to break her, her quiet determination and thoughtful insight will resonate with listeners as they hear how she faces resistance and disagreement head-on.
VERDICT Listeners will be drawn to the well-developed and realistic characters and short chapters that keep the poignant, powerful story flowing. Highly recommended.–Sheila Acosta, San Antonio Public Library

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