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The Only Black Girls in Town
Award-winning YA author Brandy Colbert's debut middle-grade novel about the only two black girls in town who discover a collection of hidden journals revealing shocking secrets of the past....
Award-winning YA author Brandy Colbert's debut middle-grade novel about the only two black girls in town who discover a collection of hidden journals revealing shocking secrets of the past....
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  • Award-winning YA author Brandy Colbert's debut middle-grade novel about the only two black girls in town who discover a collection of hidden journals revealing shocking secrets of the past. Beach-loving surfer Alberta has been the only black girl in town for years. Alberta's best friend, Laramie, is the closest thing she has to a sister, but there are some things even Laramie can't understand. When the bed and breakfast across the street finds new owners, Alberta is ecstatic to learn the family is black-and they have a 12-year-old daughter just like her.Alberta is positive she and the new girl, Edie, will be fast friends. But while Alberta loves being a California girl, Edie misses her native Brooklyn and finds it hard to adapt to small-town living.When the girls discover a box of old journals in Edie's attic, they team up to figure out exactly who's behind them and why they got left behind. Soon they discover shocking and painful secrets of the past and learn that nothing is quite what it seems.
 

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  • Brandy Colbert is the critically acclaimed author of the novels Pointe, Finding Yvonne, The Revolution of Birdie Randolph, and Stonewall Award winner Little & Lion. Born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, she now lives and writes in Los Angeles.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from January 20, 2020
    Twelve-year-old surfing fanatic Alberta has lived in Ewing Beach, Calif., with her fathers for much of her life. Her family is one of the only black families in town, until the Whitmans buy the old bed and breakfast across the street. Goth Edie, the same age as Alberta, is nothing like her. She’s a proud Brooklyn native; she wears all black, down to the black lipstick she’s never without; and she doesn’t understand why everyone in Ewing loves the beach. And while Edie’s parents are divorcing, Alberta’s dads remain deeply in love. Despite their differences, the two become fast friends just as Alberta’s lifelong best friend, who is white, begins drifting toward the popular girl who has bullied Alberta with racist taunts for years. When Alberta and Edie find a set of mysterious journals in Edie’s new house, they also uncover an enduring secret. Imperfect, vulnerable characters take center stage in Colbert’s middle grade debut about growing up on the margins in the past and present. Colbert employs a compulsively readable style to convey the sometimes difficult experience of young friendship, and the power and peril of claiming one’s identity out loud. Ages 8–12. Agent: Tina Dubois, ICM Partners.

  • AudioFile Magazine With youthful sincerity, Jeanette Illidge narrates the story of Alberta, an easygoing surfer girl who's unprepared for the shifting ground of middle school friendship. For her whole life, Alberta and her dads have been the only black people on their street in cozy Ewing Beach, California. So she's thrilled when new neighbor Edie, a black girl just her age, moves in. However, her growing friendship with Edie complicates things with her best friend, Laramie, especially after Edie and Alberta start investigating a decades-old local mystery. Illidge's gentle tones convey the range of Alberta's emotions. Other characters are well portrayed, but it's Illidge's open and authentic-sounding portrayal of Alberta that will engross middle-grade listeners. R.A.H. � AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine

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