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A Good Kind of Trouble

4.65  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Twelve-year-old Shayla is allergic to trouble. All she wants to do is to follow the rules. (Oh, and she’d also like to make it through seventh grade with her best friendships intact, learn to run track, and have a cute boy see past her giant forehead.)

But in junior high, it’s like all the rules have changed. Now she’s suddenly questioning who her best friends are and some
ebook, 368 pages
Expected publication: March 12th 2019 by Balzer + Bray
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    Lisa Ramee I love the main character, Shayla. But a strong second would be Bernard.
    Lisa Ramee The main inspiration was my experiences in junior high and how those were mirrored so hard when my daughter started junior high. It seems like the…moreThe main inspiration was my experiences in junior high and how those were mirrored so hard when my daughter started junior high. It seems like the time in many people's lives where race starts to matter. (less)

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    Ms. Yingling
    Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

    Shayla is a good kid who doesn't like to be in trouble. Her older sister, Hana, is outspoken and interested in protests, but not Shayla. She's the kind of kid who will pick up a desk that has been knocked over by someone else so the her teacher doesn't get upset with the class. She likes hanging out with her friends Julia and Isabella, and doesn't understand why other people think it's weird that they are Japanese American and Latinx and not black. There's a lot of frien
    Adriana (SaltyBadgerBooks)
    Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: own, arc
    I couldn't put this book down, and was so excited to be able to read it! I cannot wait for it to be released and to own a physical copy! It was a great coming of age middle grade novel! There were so many layers to it and you should all already have this preordered!
    Natasha Diaz
    Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    As a multiracial girl who grew up feeling like I wasn't enough of anything, I wish I had this book to know I wasn't alone. As Shayla navigates her existence as a young Black woman in America, she is forced to come to terms with the inherent racism ingrained in the US school systems, prejudices within communities of color about befriending people from other races, and the unfair expectations placed on young Black men all over the world. But when she decides to put herself on the line to speak out ...more
    Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2019, kids
    Quick to read, hard to put down, and I can already tell that it will stay with me forever. I loved the story so much. Shayla (and her friends & family) are wonderful characters. The writing is honest and perfectly true-to-life, and also very funny at times. I consider it a MUST READ, both for its frank discussion of Black Lives Matter and for its on-the-nose portrayal of Shayla growing up and learning to think "out loud." Highly recommended. I loved it!
    Adiba Jaigirdar
    Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arcs, mg
    This book wasn't quite what I was expecting it to be but I really enjoyed it!

    It's a pretty quiet book about a young black girl who is learning to navigate the world around her and understanding that blackness can come with its own set of burdens that other people don't have to deal with.

    There's a theme of police violence that mostly exists in the background. There was a shooting of an unarmed black man and an ongoing trial for almost the length of the book. Even though it's not always the most
    Quinn Sosna-Spear
    Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    “For as long as I wanted to write a novel, I wanted to write one about race and how we deal about it at a young age (. . .) All we are saying, are still saying, is we matter. Too. Also. We do.”

    A GOOD KIND OF TROUBLE is a beautifully-written, authentic, important, and, perhaps most of all, enjoyable read.

    Ramée has constructed a very effective structure that utilizes first-person narrative and clever journal entries. The story starts with strong action and conflict that resolves in the end in a v
    Suzanne Morrone
    Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Recommends it for: Everyone.
    This is a wonderful book about a girl who doesn’t want to get in trouble. She is black and her best friends are Japanese and Puerto Rican. They call themselves The United Nations. But set against the backdrop of Black Lives Matter, and the discussion of race stereotyping, of why black people may have a harder time than other POC along with all the MG angst that really rings true, just starting to learn how to navigate all the social skills needed to be a teenager, Shayla learns sometimes there a ...more
    Feb 03, 2019 added it
    Shelves: read-in-2019
    I just finished reading A GOOD KIND OF TROUBLE by @leeseray, and this story is going to stick with me for a long time. This is a very special middle grade debut, and I’m grateful I got to read the ARC that the author shared with #collabookation . I can’t wait for this book to be out in March so everyone can read it! I absolutely loved it and will be recommending it widely!
    This is an enlightening, heartbreaking, important look at the impact it has on a twelve-year-old black girl to grow up seei
    Kristin Crouch
    Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you to the author for providing Collabookation an ARC for review.
    A Good Kind of Trouble is the story of Shayla, a seventh grader who is seeing her world change before her eyes. Her tightest friendships are shifting, and she's left to wonder if they really are the United Nations they've always called themselves. Her crush isn't reciprocating, she's been paired with the worst lab partner she can imagine, and track is proving much harder than she had anticipated.
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    Kathy Ellen Davis
    Shayla is happy with where things stand at school. She’s got not one but TWO best friends. Okay, she’d rather have that cute boy in her class as a lab partner, but at least she’s still got class with him. And she’s doing track this year too. So 7th grade is pretty much set.

    Except one of her friends starts to drift away, and several times Shay wants to stand up and say something but doesn’t want to cause trouble. Plus she’s pretty sure this boy likes her that she has no interest in. And she start
    Kristin Thorsness
    Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    In A GOOD KIND OF TROUBLE, rule-following Shayla learns that things change in middle school. Friendships she thought were rock solid begin to drift apart, crushes (both reciprocated and not) complicate things, and she’s forced to confront her own assumptions about the people around her and to decide whether it’s OK to break rules in order to stand up for what she knows is right.

    As a former 5th and 6th grade teacher, I would strongly encourage educators to get this funny, heartbreaking, and ultim
    Erika Kraus
    Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I won this book in the first reads giveaway! What an inspiring read for young women, especially those interested in advocating for African-American rights. My niece and I read this together and adored the story.
    Jess Redman
    Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    A GOOD KIND OF TROUBLE is a book that needs to be read in schools NOW. This smart, sharp, so-relatable story follows Shayla, a seventh grader who's allergic to trouble. But middle school is inherently trouble-filled, and Shay finds herself facing friendship shifts, new crushes, and a growing awareness of what it means to be black in America. As she learns more and more about the injustices she sees around her and about her own identity, Shay has to decide whether she's going to use her voice and ...more
    I received an ARC copy from a Goodreads giveaway.
    This was an amazing and beautifully written book. It is very realistic and touching. It was very enjoyable and difficult to put down.
    Taylor B.
    Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I was fortunate enough to read an earlier draft of this book. This book is a must read. Seriously. The story, the voice, the characters--I loved it all. This book tackles difficult issues related to race and friendship with such authenticity. It felt real and timely. I learned a lot from watching Shayla's journey to try to understand what is happening at her school, with her friends, and in her community. It is so hard to make sense of what is happening right now with all the shootings, the hatr ...more
    Casey Jo
    Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    YES YES YES! A book of a kid finding her place in Black Lives Matter and activism, and how it's important to know when to break the rules. Inspiring and hopeful, but also clear that you need to DO something if you ever hope for things to change.

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    Christine Stamper
    Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: middle-grade
    A beautiful debut novel in the vein of The Hate U Give and All American Boys, but with a younger audience in mind. Shayla's entrance to middle school is not smooth; she misses the constant companionship of her best friends, and racial tensions are coming to a boil around the trial of a police shooting of an unarmed woman. The text skillfully weaves these elements together, showing that activism and day-to-day drama are both important and impactful.
    Joshua Levy
    Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I’m so grateful that I got to read A GOOD KIND OF TROUBLE. Instructive, grounded, and all-around warm-hearted, this book is sure to capture the attention of kids of all backgrounds. A focused story, in our particular moment, it also perfectly reflects universal themes and struggles of middle-grade readers: challenges of friendship, finding a unique voice, doing what’s right in the face of real pressure. Read it!
    Matthew Archibald
    Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I really enjoyed this book. It seemed like a pretty realistic depiction of how everything seems so much worse to a middle school girl than it does to us well-adjusted adults. The treatment of race was ubiquitous enough to be a bit jarring to my white-privileged sensibilities.
    Sep 26, 2018 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: fiction, kids
    Angie Thomas was asked if she'd ever do a young-readers edition of The Hate U Give. She said no, but suggested this book for middle-grade readers.
    Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: diverse
    Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arcs
    Edelweiss+ provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    At first I was a little put off by the simplistic language in this one, and I felt that nothing was explored in enough depth...but I enjoyed the story more and more as it went on. I think the simplistic nature and short chapters will appeal to struggling readers--and middle school students in general. Shayla struggles with a lot of things that most middle school students do: crushes, conflicts with friends, judging people
    Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
    I agree with the author of this book. All lives matter and it is important for all kids to feel represented in the literature they read. From the author's letter at the beginning of the book, her intention is clear and from the reviews that have already been posted it is evident that many agree with the execution of her plan. From my vantage point as the wife of a police sergeant with 30 years of experience I must add an additional dimension to the dialogue. There is a trend in juvenile literatu ...more
    Lisa Fabiano
    Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Lisa Moore Ramee has created a wonderful character in Shayla who you will root for as she grows and finds her voice!
    A.E. Conran
    Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This book is spot-on for any readers who love accurately-portrayed fully-recognisable middle school dramas about friendship and boys. But its readability and accessability belies the fact that its also a deeply powerful much-needed coming of age story. Conflict-averse Shayla learns how to find her voice and place in a school and society rife with inbuilt racism. And she does it in a way that all readers can emulate. That's the great strength of this book. We can't all be superheroes, but we can ...more
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