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Dwayne, 16, meets high-flying, uni-bound Misha, and sparks fly. To Misha it feels like true love, but her mum is adamant that Dwayne is bad news and forbids her to see him. When Misha decides to follow her heart, the web of secrets and lies begins to tighten, for Dwayne is not quite who he says he is. And as he struggles to turn his life around while hiding his darker side ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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LaYinka
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Having read parts of Black Sheep during its draft stages, I had preconceptions about the book in its published state. I thought I knew the story, the setting and the characters, but Na'ima B Robert proved me wrong.

Black Sheep is set in south-east London, an area where I was raised and still live, so the street lingo, characters and setting felt very familiar; the story, however, isn't one I've lived, and that's what drew me in.

The plot is well paced, and climax literally left me screaming out
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Nisma
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I picked this up just because of the author, and let me just say I did not expect a thug story. But I enjoyed it, I did... it was compelling, it wasn't overly cheesy, and it was definitely believable. I also liked that she kept religion subtle in this one - just enough to pique some curiosity, but not so much to come across as preachy. I only took off one star because, erm, the gangsta speak was a bit beyond me, and I struggled at times. It was good for establishing a strong character, but... I ...more
Gugu
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy Naima's book because she is able to capture the voice and experience of so many different experiences. This story follows a young man in South London who faces so many of the challenges that young men face in rough environments. He falls for a girl from the other side of the tracks, a kind of Romeo and Juliet story.
The characters in the book came across very strong and clear in their narrative and I enjoyed immersing myself in the London world. It's an enjoyable and easy read.
Sakina  Haych
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can't put my feelings into words. Naima B has LITREALLY outdone herself ONCE again! This book was ineffable! It was raw and blunt and straight up filled with everything that people don't always want to face. The harsh cold reality of life, love and faith. It was full of sacrifice and it was inspirational <3

I loved watching how both main characters grew so much over the course of the novel! Starting out they seemed unsure of what they wanted and even faced situations they felt so sure if
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Quadirpatterson
Black sheep is the book that i am reading is a mystery and a roamantic book.This book was wrote by Na'Ima B.Robert.This book is about a boy that was living on the bad side of town and he was getting into the wrong crowd.He wasn't acing his classes so he started to mess up in school getting bad grades.THe boys name was Dwayne he was a 16 year old boy that wanted to be a bad boy and a wannabe rapper.another charter named Misha she was a smart educated young women.Dwayne and Misha both was head ...more
Azeezat
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was deep. I find myself wanting to recommend it to my younger brother, for no reason but it has a strong purpose driven narrative.
I found this books so familiar, in that the whole street mentality kind of thing, was around where I grew up/ if that makes sense- I could really relate to Misha, and the sort of relationship she had with her mum- but at the same time I recognised the language of Dwayne's character.

I liked how strong the characters were written, and the ending- it was very
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Rosalie
Aug 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Good YA Contemporary Romeo and Juliet with a positive coming of age ending.
Sabrina
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Zainab Younus
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
EMOTIONAL yet thoughtful, Black Sheep is the tale of Dwayne Kingston, a young man whose childhood and
adolescence have been rough in the poverty-ridden, gangster-territory area of Brixton.

His poet’s soul, however, still flourishes, and brings him together with Misha, a girl from the higher end of London. Misha’s private-school education, refined accent, and sheltered life are very different from Dwayne’s, and though they find themselves deeply in love, they both have struggles of their own to
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Annabelle Heath
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
It took me a long time to get into the rhythm of this. Dwayne’s voice, while well drawn, was very alien to me. Being a country girl all my life, the slang of inner city London is not something I’m familiar with, and a few times in the early chapters I had to read and reread paragraphs to get a proper understanding of what was being said.

Understand, this is not a criticism, just fair warning to anyone who, like me, isn’t used to that sort of slang. And a promise – it’s worth persevering and
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Angie
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-teen-hs
Dwayne and Misha are growing up on different sides of London, but meet at a party and immediately feel a connection. Dwayne is more concerned with street cred than grades and Misha is on a path to a prestigious college. Once her mother finds out about Dwayne, Misha is forbidden to see him, but her attraction is stronger and they continue to meet in secret. Dwayne starts to leave street life and wants to do better in school, due to Misha's influence, and their relationship continues to grow until ...more
Lyndell Williams
This is the best Muslim YA novel I've read. Robert created a cast of complex characters, each searching to find their way in life. Main characters Dwayne and Misha have a heart-warming relationship, and I rooted for them throughout. I haven't read a teen boy novel this well written since Hinton's The Outsiders. It's a must-read for Muslim teens.
SteamyBookLover
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Redemption Story

This is the best Muslim YA novel I've read. Robert created a cast of complex characters, each searching to find their way in life. Main characters Dwayne and Misha have a heart-warming relationship, and I rooted for them throughout. I haven't read a teen boy novel this well written since Hinton's The Outsiders. It's a must-read for Muslim teens.
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Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it
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Na’ima B Robert is descended from Scottish Highlanders on her father's side and the Zulu people on her mother's side. She was born in Leeds, grew up in Zimbabwe and went to university in London. At high school, her loves included performing arts, public speaking and writing stories that shocked her teachers.
Her popular 'From my sisters' lips' explored the reality of living as a Muslim woman in
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