Lisa Ramee's debut has been hailed as "the Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry for this generation," and that praise is well-earned. This middle grade book deals with race, acceptance, friendship, and identity in a pitch perfect, delightfully readable way.
Shayla hates trouble so much, it makes her hands itch. But when another unarmed black man is shot by police, Shayla wants to do *something.* So she starts wearing a Black Lives Matter arm band to school. She's not protesting. She's not rallying others to the cause. She just wants to show her belief that being Black is important and valuable. But to some, Shayla isn't Black enough. And to others, she's suddenly too Black. Where does she fit in? Even her closest friendships are starting to unravel, and Shayla isn't sure what to do.
With prose so clear and precise, you feel you're actually talking with 12 year olds in the best possible way, A GOOD KIND OF TROUBLE is a warm, funny, thoughtful, and deeply important book. Kids will love it, and adults will value its insightful discussion of race, racial politics, and belonging. HIGHLY recommended for all classrooms and school libraries!