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Some Places More Than Others

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Newbery Honor author Renée Watson explores a family’s relationships and Harlem—its history, culture, arts, and people.

All Amara wants is to visit her father's family in Harlem. Her wish comes true when her dad decides to bring her along on a business trip. She can't wait to finally meet her extended family and stay in the brownstone where her dad grew up. Plus, she wants t
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Expected publication: September 3rd 2019 by Bloomsbury Children's Books
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Laura
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I ended up loving this book! It took me a little bit, but I really fell in love once Amara visited New York. I loved watching her meet her extended family and start to understand where her . dad came from. I think Watson did an excellent job bringing up the concept of establishing your own identity as a young adult and how that can conflict with your parents' identities. Although short, I think this book has a lot to discuss and would be a great conversation starter for my 6th graders.
Laura
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I ended up loving this book! It took me a little bit, but I really fell in love once Amara visited New York. I loved watching her meet her extended family and start to understand where her . dad came from. I think Watson did an excellent job bringing up the concept of establishing your own identity as a young adult and how that can conflict with your parents' identities. Although short, I think this book has a lot to discuss and would be a great conversation starter for my 6th graders.
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As I finished this book, I could not keep it together. I sobbed and my heart is full. All Amara wants to do for her 12th birthday is take a trip to Harlem to see where her dad grew up. Although her aunt has visited her in Oregon, she longs to see the city that shaped her father. Before Amara leaves, she is given a school project that becomes the excuse to discover a part of her family history that she never knew, including the rift between her father and her Grandpa Earl. Full of Harlem’s histor ...more
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Amana yearns for who she is, in family and in culture. Unlike many books, Amana comes from a strong family and has many opportunities through her dad’s career. One one trip, she finds the deep rooted connection she felt but couldn’t find.
The story is rich with pride of and for the history or the Harlem Renaissance.. Focusing on the so many positive aspects that have come from Harlem was refreshing and opened my eyes to some people I hadn’t heard of. It was a great read and one I can’t wait for
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Renée Watson is the author of the children’s picture book, A Place Where Hurricanes Happen (Random House, June 2010), which was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Her middle grade novel, What Momma Left Me debuted as the New Voice for 2010 in middle grade fiction by The Independent Children's Booksellers Association.

Renée’s one woman show, Roses are Red, Women are Blue, debuted at N
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