The Only Black Girls in TowneBook - 2020
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In a predominately white California beach town, the only two black seventh-graders, Alberta and Edie, find hidden journals that uncover family secrets and speak to race relations in the past. Ages 9+
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Edie and Alberta are the only two seventh graders in their town in California who are black. The must navigate their sometimes unfair world. Alberta is a surfing fanatic and spent years as the only African American kid in her school/ town. When Edie’s family moves in she is no longer alone but Alberta is nothing like her. Edie is from Brooklyn and she doesn’t even like the beach! They soon become best friends, especially as Alberta’s lifelong best friend is drifting away. They find some hidden journals and uncover family secrets that reveal things about race relations in the past.
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“Racist?” She says it so plainly, it startles me. Sometimes that seems like a bad word. Like people are more afraid of being associated with it than actually not being it.”
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