A Good Kind of Trouble [electronic resource] / Lisa Moore Ramée

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      Summary: From debut author Lisa Moore Ramée comes this funny and bighearted debut middle grade novel about friendship, family, and standing up for what's right, perfect for fans of of Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give and the novels of Renée Watson and Jason Reynolds. Twelve-year-old Shayla is allergic to trouble. All she wants to do is to follow the rules. (Oh, and 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. Wait, what? 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 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.
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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2019 #2

Shayla's goals for her first year of junior high are simple. Attract the attention of the cute guy. Avoid the class bully. Don't make waves. Stay close to her two best friends, Isabella and Julia (with Isabella being Puerto Rican, Julia Japanese American, and Shayla African American, they call themselves "the United Nations"). Unfortunately, it would seem that seventh grade has other plans for Shayla, and soon a schoolwide "dare" game and new social dynamics throw all of her relationships into turmoil. Even as she laments the drama that comes with crushes and miscommunication, Shayla becomes increasingly aware of the Black Lives Matter movement as her Los Angeles community awaits the verdict in a police-shooting case. When the police officer is acquitted, Shayla must decide if she's willing to stir up trouble for a cause she believes in. Shayla's first-person account is honest and relatable as she tries to do the right thing by her peers, her school community, and herself. The protagonist's emotional and civic maturation is believably portrayed, and as her understanding of the Black Lives Matter movement clarifies and deepens, so does the reader's. (While themes of homophobia, cultural appropriation, and sexual harassment are also introduced, they're not as fully explored.) Ramée's debut novel presents a nuanced view of race, self-discovery, and social justice. eboni njoku March/April 2019 p 88 Copyright 2019 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.