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For Black Girls Like Me

4.74  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  16 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: July 30th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Laura Gardner
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to author Mariama J. Lockington (@forblackgirlslikeme) and @macmillankidsbooks for a free copy of this STUNNING book to share with @kidlitexchange. I will be mailing this to @akossket right away and then it will be shared w/#kidlitexchange. This book isn't out until July 30, but please put it on all your summer pre-orders now. It's perfect for grades 4 - 8 and belongs in each and every elementary and middle school library in America.
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5/5 big GUSHING stars for this beautifully written de
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Arielfranchakyahoo.com
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that will remain in my heart for a long, long time. Beautifully written, in a variety of formats, BLACK GIRLS LIKE ME, is the story of Keda, an 11-year old African American girl adopted as a baby, by a white family. However, this story not only tackles the feelings Keda has a black girl growing up in a white family, it also addresses racism, mental illness, friendship and family bonds. This story had so many rich layers to it, and although it was heartbreaking at times, it was pow ...more
Karen McKenna
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A heartbreaking, beautiful book about family, identity, and the messiness of being a human.

The story follows Makeda (Keda for short) through a move across the country with her family. While her older sister is outgrowing childhood and leaving Keda behind, Keda wrestles with being all alone in a new school where she experiences microaggressions and overt racism. To add to the loneliness, her father is busy with a new job, and her mother is slipping into a depression. Keda was adopted as a baby, a
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Danielle Stinson
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I finished it with tears in my eyes and hope in my heart.

Lockington's writing is gorgeous. There were so many moments of beautiful imagery. Countless lines I stopped to read twice. The poetry in the book is lovely, and the letters between Keda and her best friend were one of my favorite parts. They were vibrant with humor and truth and a love you could feel.

Keda's voice sings through these pages. It drew me in from the first line and wrapped me up
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Kip
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely gorgeous. Five stars on the writing alone. So many touching, lovely images throughout, and the voice just hums with unique sentence structure and stylistic choices that show the reader so clearly who Keda is and who she wants to become. Such a lovable character! On top of all this, poems sprinkled throughout point to Keda's struggle as an adopted black girl in a white family, while that family threatens to combust with struggles of its own due to the adoptive mother's men ...more
Alexis
What a beautiful story about family, belonging, and self-discovery. Here are some things I loved: short chapters. My MG students do so well with short chapters (and so do I!)
Wide-range of tough topics. Realistic characters who make mistakes and are human. Then, they grow. Finally, Keda. I loved her so much.

I received this book as part of the #LitReviewCrew in exchange for an honest review.
Joshunda Sanders
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a really special, beautiful middle grade book that touches on so many things young adoptees face across racial lines, mental health & the delicate beauty of becoming a young woman when you are a sweet little girl with an old soul. The cover is exquisite and it absolutely conveys the wonder and amazement that awaits readers inside the book.
Kelly
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is beautiful in so many ways. I love the style, I love Keda, and I love her story. I cannot wait to tell my students all about it!
Rajani LaRocca
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written coming-of-age story about Keda, an adopted black girl being raised by white parents. After moving to a new place, Keda needs to navigate a new school, new friends, and her mother's worsening mental illness. Gorgeous writing and compelling characters!
Gillian
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, kids
Both beautiful and compelling, FOR BLACK GIRLS LIKE ME is from the perspective of Keda, a black girl who was adopted as an infant into a white family. You will be rooting for Keda from page 1 as she navigates a cross-country move and struggles to find where she belongs. Family and friendship relationships are nuanced and multi-layered. The writing is lyrical and perfectly crafted. A must-read.
Laura Hill
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A coming-of-age story for 11-year old Makeda. Opening on the road as she and her family are relocating West for her father’s new job as Principal Cellist in the New Mexico Symphony, we quickly learn that she is a black girl adopted into a white family shortly after birth. She both wonders about her birth mother and struggles with ongoing (and annoying) reactions of those around to her. People are constantly commenting on “how white she talks” and persisting with queries about where “she is reall ...more
Akoss
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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@Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Releasing 7/30/19

Keda is a Black eleven-year-old girl with a white adoptive family. When her family moves to a different state Keda gets separated from her best friend, the only other Black girl with a white adoptive family she knows. Now she has to dig deep (into her beliefs and emotions) to face the world with the type of ugliness only she experien
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Rebecca Balcárcel
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit, reviewed
Braided with songs and poetry, this story follows Keda's journey to know herself. With profound final lines and yes-that's-exactly-what-it's-like images, the prose poem chapters shine individually and collectively. Much in Keda's life is complicated, so she reaches for songs, gropes for her heritage, and digs for inner resources to cope. A few friends brighten her life, but when it comes to truly managing an unstable mother, a mostly-absent father, and a big sister who is less fun and also less ...more
Jess Redman
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a stunning and brilliant debut novel about family, race, mental health, and the often painful process of becoming yourself. Makeda—sensitive and intuitive, creative and hope-filled, adolescent-awkward and so strong—is written with such honesty and complexity. And the writing—told in lyrical prose, in song, in poetry, in Tumblr posts and letters, I found line after line that I wanted to repeat out loud, wanted to remember. Readers will feel seen and inspired by this moving and truth-fille ...more
Sarah R. Baughman
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mariama J. Lockington’s stunning debut is the kind of book you’ll lose track of time reading! Set in the simultaneously bright and harsh high desert, this story features poetic language that highlights main character Keda’s heartbreaking strength. I was deeply inspired by the resilience and sense of self she fosters through difficulties at home and beyond.
Brittany Thurman
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love, love, loved this story and it’s poetic elements. I feel Keda, her sense of who am I in this world, and being a black girl (often the only black girl) in certain situations. Keda girl, Keda girl- we got you.
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