Epub ☆ A Good Kind of Trouble · 384 pages Ò Lisa moore ramée

Epub ì A Good Kind of Trouble ô Lisa Moore Ramée

A Good Kind of TroubleTwelve 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 foreheadBut in junior high it’s like all the rules have changed Now she The good thing about serving on a book committee is that it helps you to read outside of your comfort zone The bad thing about serving on a book committee is that it makes you read outside of your comfort zone It’s funny but as someone who reads a lot of children’s novels my instinct is to revert back to my 12 year old self A steady diet of fantasy punctuated by the occasional mystery and I’d be good to go But being a grown up means trying different things all the time Because wouldn't you know it a lot of the time you end up liking the things you try Take realistic contemporary fiction I often do read it as part of my day to day job but it isn’t something I’d instinctively select were it not for the recommendations of review journals and trusted fellow librarians When Lisa Moore Ramée’s A Good Kind of Trouble started raking in the starred professional reviews I was intrigued I knew very little about it but why not give it a go The description of the book wasn’t doing it any favors though saying it would “capture your heart” and was “incredibly special” There are better accurate ways of putting those terms even if they’re entirely true Ms Ramée has penned a young woman’s social justice awakening That moment when you cross over from childhood to something that isn’t uite adulthood but is on the right path And if along the way the author is able to lead young readers down that same path all the betterShayla doesn’t get into trouble She pretty much keeps her head down and her lips zipped And until this year that was fine for her She has her two best friends her family her good grades etc And yeah her sister Hana is all about protests and Black Lives Matter but that’s just a Hana thing right Yet when a public trial of a policeman comes up with a not guilty verdict and Shayla sees a protest firsthand she starts thinking of ways that she can make a difference Small ways naturally but sometimes something that seems small can make a huge differenceFor good or for ill this book is already being compared to Jerry Craft’s New Kid a comic that covers a lot of the same territory if in a different format The difference however was pretty clear to me from the get go Craft’s book is about the self and how it reacts in a world filled with microaggressions Ramée’s is far about the world outside of the self How you have a hard time seeing outside of your own lens and then suddenly it’s like you can’t unsee anything any Shayla’s certainly concerned about school her friends her crushes sports etc but there’s this sneaky secondary plot as well involving her older sister and what’s happening in the wider world When Shayla marches in a protest for the first time she physically separates herself from a lot of other middle grade heroes and heroines that talk the talk but refuse to walk the walk The end result is a book that simultaneously separates itself from the packChildren’s books have so many jobs to do that saying “they should all do this” or “they should all do that” is ludicrous Better to just zero in on what a particular book does particularly well Take Ms Ramée’s for example Her book has the unenviable job of making complex social issues issues that a fair number of adults have been known to scratch their heads over comprehensible even self evident to kids For example there is Shayla and her friends One friend is Latinx and one is Asian American Shayla gets a little grief from her sister and some of the girls at school for not hanging out with black friends instead Now her reaction to this is exactly what you’d expect to find in a middle grade novel She defends her choices points out that diversity in friendship is a good thing and even calls her little group the United Nations And in most books that would be the end of that little discussion but if there’s one thing you’ll learn from A Good Kind of Trouble it’s that difficult conversations don’t get dropped simply because they’ve grown inconvenient There comes a time in this novel when Shayla’s mother talks to her and gives her some advice on why she might want to have some black friends too She says “You may find as you get older that there’s something comfortable or I don’t know comforting in having friends who can relate to things you might be going through” The talk makes it clear that her mother is happy for Shayla to keep her friends but also that she should leave herself open to other possibilities as well And later Shayla herself realizes that it would be nice to have “A friend who knew being black meant all sorts of things” That’s the kind of nuance you only get in the best books for kids Did I mention at any point here that the book’s fun And weirdly satisfying in all sorts of ways There is a moment late in the game when Shayla’s mother gives one of the book’s antagonists a tongue lashing that you just want to read and reread a couple times for the sheer pleasure of witnessing JUSTICE And when Shayla is then made to apologize to her oppressor she remembers a bit of advice from her father that is one of the wisest lines I’ve read in a while “Don’t ever leave your enemies empty handed Give them a bone to gnaw on or they will keep on trying to bite you” This is all followed not long thereafter by a pretty darn satisfying ending The kind where things aren’t perfect but they’re better and our heroine has certainly learned a fair amount about herself on top of the world around her The only part of the book that didn’t gel for me was the subplot with Tyler He’s a boy in Shayla’s class that has a crush on her a feeling that is not reciprocated in the least As a reader you’re supposed to come to the realization that Shayla’s being unfair to the kid and should be nicer to him But we’re coming out with this in a post #MeToo era and Tyler seriously steps over some major boundaries in this book Even before he kisses her something she confronts him about in time which is good he’s physically getting all up in her space So when Yolanda tells Shayla she should be nicer to him I wanted someone to back Shayla up pointing out that the guy has to learn about personal space and pronto I had visions of older Tyler stalking some girl saying “Hey I’m a nice guy” echoing Yolanda’s statement but in a twisted wayI wonder what percentage of kids today has been to protests at some point in their young lives Certainly it must be higher than I was a child The idea of protesting something has long since lost its rarity but I can understand how difficult it would be to work one naturally into a middle grade novel Folks are sometimes referring to this book as a younger version of The Hate U Give Maybe but I worry that kind of designation doesn’t really give credit to what Ramée has put together here She’s taken the complexity of the real world with all its police shootings and racism and destructive tendencies and made it personal for young readers I don’t care what kid you hand this book to Every single one of them will understand what’s going on here and maybe what’s going on in the wider world The new reuired readingFor ages 9 12

Ebook A Good Kind of Trouble

Epub ☆ A Good Kind of Trouble · 384 pages Ò Lisa moore ramée Ò 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 Wearing an armband to school in support of the Black Lives movement Soon everyone is taking sides And she is given an ultimatumShay is scared to do the wrong thing and even scared to do the right thing but if she doesn't face her fear she'll be forever tripping over the next hurdle Now that’s trouble for rea I REALLY RECOMMEND THIS ONE IT'S SO GOOD IT DISCUSSES EVERYTHING SO WELL IT'S BEAUTIFUL

Lisa Moore Ramée ô A Good Kind of Trouble Mobi

’s suddenly uestioning who her best friends are and some people at school are saying she’s not black enough Wait whatShay’s sister Hana is involved in Black Lives Matter but Shay doesn't think that's for her After experiencing a powerful protest though Shay decides some rules are worth breaking She starts Sometimes people say they wish they had a book when they were younger but I don't know if I've felt that until I read this I really really wish my seventh grade self had this book I was just like Shayla for a while; I got straight As and was uiet and teachers loved me and getting in trouble was the worst thing I could think of And then Trayvon and Tamir and Philando and Sandra were killed and all that changed just like police brutality changes that for ShaylaI really loved having a book about a Black girl that sort of has the low stakes of middle grade but everything felt like it was a big deal if that made sense It covered friendship issues and crushes and all the normal middle school things Shayla was normal but also black and I loved that Also loved that her mom was very Black and did not let her get away with anything That's also my mom And I really really appreciated that the author included Asian characters speaking in AAVE because it's such a big thing especially since I go to a predominantly whiteAsian university now I like that Shayla was able to air her grievances with how her friends treat her when it comes to race her best friends are Japanese American and Latinx without the friendship falling apart They talked about the troubles each of them had and I really appreciatedI wish there had been of a conversation about cultural appropriation There sort of was with Julia the friend who randomly starts speaking AAVE but it sort of is just Shayla telling her that she says words wrong and also thinking that Julia speaking that way is annoying But I wish they talked about it in an accessible way the way they discussed police brutality There was also a part that irritated me where Shayla wears a Black Lives Matter arm band to school and a boy tells her blue lives matter Shayla is like Oh of course they do And then there's a part about how she doesn't hate cops and no one in her family does etc I hate the idea that A Black people are not allowed to be angry at cops when the law enforcement system in general have brutalized Black people since its inception B That Black people aren't really allowed to hate anyone That people are allowed to hate us and we have to love them back or be very graciousC I hated that it didn't delve into that It's very disingenuous Like it doesn't matter if you don't hate individual cops the issue is the fact that they are very likely to kill you and they will not be prosecuted It's the system It doesn't matter if your Aunt Amy is a cop because it's not about her as an individual Anyway I really enjoyed this overall I hope girls like Shayla and I find themselves in this book and realize that it's good to get in trouble for important things