A Good Kind of Trouble
But in junior high, it’s like all the rules have changed. Now she’s suddenly questioning who her best friends are and some ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This is an enlightening, heartbreaking, important look at the impact it has on a twelve-year-old black girl to grow up seei ...more
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.
Every one of these storylines ...more
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 ...more
As a former 5th and 6th grade teacher, I would strongly encourage educators to get this funny, heartbreaking, and ultim ...more
(view spoiler)[The "everyone wearing black armbands" and ALSO helping the track team win the relay may be a little polished of an ending, but it's perfect for middle grade, and the groundwork of struggle was done well enough to allow those endings to feel ...more
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 ...more