The Only Black Girls in Town

The Only Black Girls in Town

eBook - 2020
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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.
Publisher: 2020
ISBN: 9780316456395
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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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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IndyPL_TammieB Mar 12, 2021

This book is great in that it is at the same time contemporary and also offering historical perspectives. Racism from 50-100 years ago that continues into the 21st century. Along with addressing racism, it addresses the need for belonging that is such a strong need for all of us, especially in middle school. Not only these two themes, but Alberta address the LGBTQ community as she has two dads.

Dec 24, 2020

Good story. Colbert did a phenomenal job describing bullying, racism 50-100 years ago, and racism in the 21st century.

DCLkids Dec 08, 2020

A Great Books for Great Kids staff pick 2020. Alberta has been the only Black girl in town for as long as she can remember, so she is ecstatic when Edie, a Black girl from Brooklyn, moves in across the street. They become quick friends. After discovering old journals at Edie's house, a mystery unfolds as the girls attempt to find out more about the history of their town. Grades 4-6.

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Jun 11, 2021

MichelleOOw27 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

IndyPL_TammieB Mar 12, 2021

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IndyPL_TammieB Mar 12, 2021

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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IndyPL_TammieB Mar 12, 2021

“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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