Nouveau! A Good Kind of Trouble
All Shayla wants to do is follow the rules, until she attends a powerful protest for Black Lives Matter and learns that some rules should be broken. Now her entire outlook is changing?
Bighearted Middle Grade Novel, Funny and Empowering Storytelling, Compelling Narrative Voice, Encouraging Readers to Stand Up for What's Right
Topics and Themes:
Black Lives Matter, Racism and Prejudice, Family
Twelve-year-old Shayla is allergic to trouble. She'd also like to make it through seventh grade with her best friendships intact, learn to run track, and have a cute boy see past her giant forehead. But in junior high, it's like all the rules have changed. Now she's suddenly questioning who her best friends are, and some people at school are saying she's not black enough.
Shay's sister, Hana, is involved in Black Lives Matter, but Shay doesn't think that's for her. After experiencing a powerful protest, though, Shay decides some rules are worth breaking. She starts wearing an armband to school in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Soon everyone is taking sides, and she is given an ultimatum.
Shay is scared to do the wrong thing (and even more scared to do the right thing), but if she doesn't face her fear, she'll be forever tripping over the next hurdle. Now that's trouble, for real.