For Black Girls Like Me


For Black Girls Like Me
Mariama J. Lockington
Hardcover with dust jacket [2019]
Juvenile Fiction / Family / Adoption
Ages 9 to 11
336 pages
8.6 in H | 5.6 in W | 1.2 in T | 0.9 lb Wt

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A debut middle-grade novel about an African American girl who was adopted into a white family. This lyrical and personal story—inspired by the author’s own life—explores the complexities of family, race, sisterhood, and belonging.

I am a girl but most days I feel like a question mark.

Makeda June Kirkland is eleven-years-old, adopted, and black. Her parents and big sister are white, and even though she loves her family very much, Makeda often feels left out. When Makeda’s family moves from Maryland to New Mexico, she leaves behind her best friend, Lena—the only other adopted black girl she knows—for a new life. In New Mexico, everything is different. At home, Makeda’s sister is too cool to hang out with her anymore and at school, she can’t seem to find one true friend.

Through it all, Makeda can’t help wondering: What would it feel like to grow up with a family that looks like me?

Through singing, dreaming, and writing secret messages back and forth with Lena, Makeda might just carve a small place for herself in the world.

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Weight .9 lbs
Dimensions 8.6 × 5.6 × 1.2 in
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