2018 Newbery Honour Book and Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner.
Jade is a girl striving for success in a world that seems like it's trying to break her.
She knows she needs to take every opportunity that comes her way. And she has: every day Jade rides the bus away from her friends to a private school where she feels like an outsider, but where she has plenty of opportunities.
But some ‘opportunities’ Jade could do without, like the mentor programme for 'at-risk' girls. Just because her mentor is black doesn't mean she understands where Jade is coming from. Why is Jade always seen as someone to fix? But with a college scholarship promised at the end of it, how can Jade say no?
Jade feels like her life is made up of hundreds of conflicting pieces. Will it ever fit together? Will she ever find her place in the world? More than anything, Jade just wants the opportunity to be real, to make a difference.
About Renee Watson
Renee Watson is the acclaimed author of the teen novel, This Side of Home, and two picture books: Harlem's Little Blackbird and A Place Where Hurricanes Happen, which was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Her middle grade novel, What Momma Left Me debuted as an ABA New Voices Pick. She lives in New York City.
An important and deeply moving novel. Highly recommended. John Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars
Watson's elegantly crafted novel speaks to the myriad of people who find themselves searching for themselves in the world. Timely and timeless ... There is a little bit of Jade in all of us. Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming
An inspirational and complex character who continually focuses our attention on the beauty of all things black ... Very rewarding. Irish Examiner
Be uplifted, have a little cry and lose yourself to the wonderful story of teenager Jade. Emerald Street