Some Places More Than Others
Some Places More Than Others

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Annotation: Amara visits her father's family in Harlem for her twelfth birthday, hoping to better understand her family and herself, but New York City is not what she expected.
Catalog Number: #193473
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Bloomsbury
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 192 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-681-19108-3 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-5998-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-681-19108-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-5998-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2019003857
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Amara, almost 12, leads a comfortable life in Beaverton, Oregon. Her dad works for Nike, and that brings perks. Her mom owns a boutique and is pregnant with Amara's soon-to-be sister. But when her teacher assigns a family history project, she realizes there's a lot she doesn't know: Why is her father estranged from Grandpa Earl? Does it have something to do with her birthday being so close to her grandmother's death? After much pleading, Amara is allowed to accompany her father on a business trip to New York, where she visits with relatives, tries to mend old feuds, starts a new one, and unravels family secrets. Though there are few surprises here, Watson creates characters that pop, especially Amara, who, through her first-person narration, demonstrates how past events affect the present. The Harlem setting makes a good background for Amara's growing awareness of Black history and how her privileged existence (a source of irritation to her cousin Ava) has been built on the shoulders of those who came before me historical figures, others closer to home. Satisfying in many ways.HIGH-DEMAND BACK STORY: Books from Watson, a Newbery Honor winner and Coretta Scott King award winning author, always generate a buzz.
Kirkus Reviews
On a birthday trip to New York City, a girl learns about her roots, Harlem, and how to stay true to herself.Eleven-year-old sneakerhead Amara is struggling to feel seen and heard. A new baby sister is on the way, her mom still wants to put her in dresses, and that birthday trip from the Portland, Oregon, suburbs to New York City that she so desperately wants feels out of reach. When Amara gets a family-history assignment, she is finally able to convince her mom to say yes to the trip, since it will allow Amara to meet her dad's side of the family in person. In addition to the school project, her mom gives Amara a secret mission: get her dad and grandpa to spend time alone together to repair old wounds. Harlem proves unlike any place Amara has ever been, and as she explores where her father grew up she experiences black history on every street. Watson is a master at character development, with New York City and especially Harlem playing central roles. Through her all-black cast she seamlessly explores issues of identity, self, and family acceptance. Although the ending feels rushed, with no resolution between Amara and her mom, Amara's concluding poem is powerful.A moving exploration of the places we come from and the people who shape us—not to be missed. (Fiction. 9-11)
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Word Count: 36,542
Reading Level: 4.6
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.6 / points: 5.0 / quiz: 504824 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.6 / points:10.0 / quiz:Q77522
Lexile: 750L

From Newbery Honor- and Coretta Scott King Author Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Renée Watson comes a heartwarming and inspiring middle-grade novel about finding deep roots and exploring the past, the present, and the places that make us who we are. All Amara wants for her birthday is to visit her father's family in New York City--Harlem, to be exact. She can't wait to finally meet her Grandpa Earl and cousins in person, and to stay in the brownstone where her father grew up. Maybe this will help her understand her family--and herself--in new way. But New York City is not exactly what Amara thought it would be. It's crowded, with confusing subways, suffocating sidewalks, and her father is too busy with work to spend time with her and too angry to spend time with Grandpa Earl. As she explores, asks questions, and learns more and more about Harlem and about her father and his family history, she realizes how, in some ways more than others, she connects with him, her home, and her family. Acclaim for Piecing Me Together Newbery Honor Book Coretta Scott King Author Award Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Young Adult Finalist A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens A Chicago Public Library Best Book, Teen Fiction An ALA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults An NPR Best Book A Kirkus Reviews ' Best Teen Book A Refinery29 Best Book

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