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The Kayla Chronicles Hardcover – January 1, 2008

4.6 out of 5 stars 18 ratings

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*Starred Review* A refreshing departure from YA books’ tendency to emphasize underprivileged teens of color, this novel, set among well-heeled African Americans, rolls together gender politics and a friendship rift into a buoyant, thoughtful comedy. When Kayla is steamrolled by stridently feminist Rosalie into auditioning for their elite high school’s hip-hop team, intending to expose discriminatory standards of beauty, something unforeseen occurs: Kayla actually makes the cut. To her surprise, the almost-15-year-old finds a sense of empowerment in dance, but Rosalie remains contemptuous of both the “hoochie-mama” dancers and of Kayla’s decision to join them. The widening gap between the girls touchingly illustrates the shifts that can rock adolescent friendships, while memorable scenes, such as one in which a dancer matches Rosalie line for line in a Nikki Giovanni–recitation smack down, will win exuberant supporters for Winston’s inclusive message: “Why settle for being just one type of girl?” Kayla’s family tensions are underdeveloped, and some readers will feel shortchanged by the lack of dance specifics. Still, few recent novels for younger YAs mesh levity and substance this successfully, and while some of Kayla’s concerns are specifically African American (such as whether using hair-relaxing treatments constitute buying into oppression), her smart, gently self-mocking voice will transcend racial lines to hit home with a large number of young women. Grades 5-9. --Jennifer Mattson

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Sherri Winston lives in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where she is a columnist for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. This is her debut novel.

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  • 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
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