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Unfadeable



by
Maurice Broaddus

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Katherine Tegen
ISBN
9780062796349
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: General , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion , Violence: General
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Fans of Jason Reynolds and Kelly Yang will love this witty and wise middle grade contemporary about an unhoused tween graffiti artist taking on corruption and gentrification on her block.

Bella “Unfadeable” Fades is determined to stay out of trouble. A wiser-than-her-years graffiti artist known for tagging walls and bridges in her Indianapolis neighborhood, the Land, Bella plans to spend her summer break lying low and steering clear of anyone who might tip off to social services that she’s living on her own.

But keeping a low profile is all but impossible when Bella discovers people in high places are trying to defund the Land. She has to find a way to fight back. Getting involved will mean putting herself out there—making connections with unlikely friends and attracting potential enemies. But if Bella doesn’t put her trust in her neighbors and learn how to bring her community together, her home—and her future—will never be the same.

From author Maurice Broaddus comes a heartfelt and genuine story about building community, finding family, and the power of Black Girl Magic.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: General , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion , Violence: General

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

288

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.6: points 7

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Nov 2022

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

Graffiti. Street art. Neighborhoods. Gentrification. Community life. Indianapolis, Indiana. Prejudice and racism. Activism. Alternative family. Friendship. Unhoused teens. Parents with mental illness. African Americans. 

 


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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7-Broaddus has created an unforgettable protagonist in this novel that deals with creating community and fighting back against injustice. Bella "Unfadeable" Fades doesn't need anybody's help. The 13-year-old, known for her graffiti, plans to spend summer break laying low and avoiding anyone who might alert the authorities that she's living on her own. But laying low becomes impossible when she finds out people in high places are taking money from her beloved Indianapolis neighborhood, the Land. Bella will have to work with unlikely allies and trust her neighbors in order to make sure they all get the beautiful neighborhood they deserve. Readers will find Bella relatable and funny. The plot is fast-paced and twisty enough to keep kids engaged. Broaddus deftly weaves in in-depth discussions of a variety of topics, from anti-Black racism to gentrification to homelessness. The story emphasizes the power of young people's voices and the importance of civic responsibility. Bella's mother has schizophrenia, which is mostly handled with care. Most characters are Black; Bella is biracial (her dad is white, and her mom is Black). VERDICT A must-buy for elementary and middle school collections. Sure to be popular with readers who enjoy books by Kelly Yang, Jason Reynolds, and Chrystal D. Giles.-Ness Shortley

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7-Broaddus has created an unforgettable protagonist in this novel that deals with creating community and fighting back against injustice. Bella "Unfadeable" Fades doesn't need anybody's help. The 13-year-old, known for her graffiti, plans to spend summer break laying low and avoiding anyone who might alert the authorities that she's living on her own. But laying low becomes impossible when she finds out people in high places are taking money from her beloved Indianapolis neighborhood, the Land. Bella will have to work with unlikely allies and trust her neighbors in order to make sure they all get the beautiful neighborhood they deserve. Readers will find Bella relatable and funny. The plot is fast-paced and twisty enough to keep kids engaged. Broaddus deftly weaves in in-depth discussions of a variety of topics, from anti-Black racism to gentrification to homelessness. The story emphasizes the power of young people's voices and the importance of civic responsibility. Bella's mother has schizophrenia, which is mostly handled with care. Most characters are Black; Bella is biracial (her dad is white, and her mom is Black). VERDICT A must-buy for elementary and middle school collections. Sure to be popular with readers who enjoy books by Kelly Yang, Jason Reynolds, and Chrystal D. Giles.-Ness Shortley

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