A Good Kind of Trouble

A Good Kind of Trouble

Book - 2019 | First edition
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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: 9780062836687 (hardcover)
0062836684 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: J RAMEE
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 22 cm

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Shayla wants to wear a Black Lives Matter armband, but the school disapproves.


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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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