A Good Kind of Trouble

A Good Kind of Trouble

eBook - 2019
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After attending a powerful protest, Shayla starts wearing an armband to school to support the Black Lives Matter movement, but when the school gives her an ultimatum, she is forced to choose between her education and her identity.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062836700
Branch Call Number: EBOOK J OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (358 pages) : illustrations
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Shayla always tries to stay out of trouble. But seventh grade means trying new things, taking risks, and standing up for what you believe in, even if a little bit of trouble follows.

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Sep 16, 2020

Love the book tremendously

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.

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!

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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Sep 16, 2020

black_eagle_873 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

May 22, 2019

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


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