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The Kayla Chronicles Hardcover – January 1, 2008
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|Jada Sly Artist & Spy||President of the Whole Fifth Grade||President of the Whole Sixth Grade||President of the Whole Sixth Grade: Girl Code||The Sweetest Sound||The Kayla Chronicles|
|More fun, heartful, and inspiring stories from Sherri Winston!||Spy-in-training Jada will need all of her skills to solve her mother's mysterious disappearance but remember she's still learning.||Thanks to her idol celebrity chef Brianna Justice knows becoming president of her class is step one toward her own cupcake empire!||In this follow-up to President of the Whole Fifth Grade, Brianna navigates her toughest challenge yet: middle school!||Go-getter Brianna Justice is back and on assignment with her local newspaper in this third book in the popular President series!||In a story filled with whimsy and hope, Sherri Winston inspires readers to embrace the voice within.||Snappy, fun and inspiring, one girl's struggle for self-identity despite pressure from family, friends and her own conscience.|
About the Author
- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (January 1, 2008)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316114308
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316114301
- Reading age : 12 years and up
- Lexile measure : 700L
- Grade level : 7 and up
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 0.75 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,776,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not in the picture, figuratively speaking, is how Kayla feels until she begins a campaign to find the rampant sexism in a school tradition. Having created a group called SPEAK ("Sisters Providing Encouragement and Kindness"), she watches as her investigative report into the local dance team's aversion to girls with small breasts becomes a big deal campaign --- one that challenges her every feminist viewpoint, along with her friendships and other relationships as well.
Wanting to be a strong female, quoting from the recorded words of many a famous woman of strength and character, Kayla is a teen you can really cheer for --- but she also has her girliness intact, particularly when it comes to cute shoes. It's a specific although hackneyed perspective to take on a young woman who stands out from the crowd the most, just when she has the opportunity to belong to said crowd right in front of her. The main thrust of THE KAYLA CHRONICLES is that sometimes the things we most think we couldn't live with become the things that most change our very existence and challenge all of our previous thoughts about how the world works.
Kayla often calls upon the prodigious and meaningful memories of her maternal grandmother, the one with the fierce intellect and brave, bold heart. It is wonderful to read in a young adult novel aimed towards girls about a respect for the women who have come before and how their accomplishments helped pave the way for the life they are able to live now. Since Kayla is African American, these memories take on an even more poignant bent as she deals with the unspoken taint of racism in the world around her. She manages to embrace all the sides of herself as a young woman and give others the same benefit of the doubt, all the while proving to herself and to her unbelieving father that the strength inside her suits her to a tee. Such journeys of personal discovery, peppered with a healthy dose of women's history, make THE KAYLA CHRONICLES a special and fascinating book.
The author really goes for broke here. Sex, religion, racism, the whole of female black history, the importance of intelligence, the desire to be useful to the world and living within a well-intentioned state of seriously enacted morals all have an important part to play in the many dialogues that the story encircles. I highly recommend this book to young girls everywhere, regardless of race, creed or color. Kayla's struggle to be true to herself and the women of the past to whom she feels she owes so much is a significant, heartrending story.
Congratulations to Sherri Winston for proving that "chick lit" can be fun, intellectually satisfying and emotionally relevant, all at the same time. I loved THE KAYLA CHRONICLES and am passing it on immediately to my 13-year-old niece. I'll get another copy for my six-year-old daughter, who I'm sure will find it instructive and insightful in seven years.
--- Reviewed by Jana Siciliano
But Kayla, a great dancer who has never quite gotten her confidence level to the point where she's comfortable performing, is in for a shock when, despite wearing an A-cup, she makes the team. Even more surprising is her realization that she likes being a Lady Lion and enjoys getting dressed up and wearing cute outfits. Now she has to find a way to reconcile her long-held beliefs with her newfound hobby--and to do so without losing her best friend.
I liked this book because it takes a fairly ordinary high school situation and makes it interesting with a distinct, funny style that reflects the main character's personality. Kayla tends to think in headlines, like "Kayla Dean Infiltrates Dance Team. Senate Probes Plight of Itty-Bitties. A-cups Get Their Due!" She also invents so many of her own words and phrases that there's a "Lexicon of Kayla-isms" at the end of the book. Kayla-isms include "blind-sexy: when someone looks so good even a blind person would go, `Mmm!'" and "dis-bliss: the point at which bliss gets run over by the dump truck of disgrace."
Kayla is a funny, memorable character, and the book's theme--the ability to retain one's femininity while still fighting for women's rights--is one that will resonate with readers.
Reviewed by: Katie Hayes