NaTasha Jennings doesn’t fit in with the white kids in her small suburban hometown. When she runs into trouble at school she is humiliated, frustrated, and lost. She does the only thing she knows to do…run away and hide. But she escapes to Harlem with her grandmother Tilly and runs right into a whole new set of problems in the big city, where everything is unfamiliar. Tilly decides NaTasha needs to get back to her roots and volunteers her to help at a crisis center for girls in the Bronx, mingling with girls who are troubled and tough as nails. These girls are nothing like NaTasha’s friends from home. Now, she doesn’t fit in with the black kids in the city either. NaTasha has to learn to survive in her new environment and decide whether she will tough it out with her new peers or run right back home again. It’s a summer that will change her life forever.
About Ebony Joy Wilkins:
SELLOUT is not the worst name Ebony Wilkins heard in middle school, but the word did inspire her first novel for young adults. She spent her teenage years exploring words, her college years reporting words, and later years earning an MFA in writing for children from New School University. In her free time she enjoys reading, visiting family, and playing board games.
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