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Turning Point

By: Paula Chase

Told in dual perspectives, this provocative and timely stand-alone companion to Paula Chase’s So Done and Dough Boys will resonate with fans of Jason Reynolds, Rebecca Stead, and Renée Watson.

Best friends Rasheeda and Monique are both good girls. For Sheeda, that means keeping her friends close and following her deeply religious, Bible-quoting aunt’s every rule. For Mo, that means not making waves in the prestigious and mostly White ballet intensive she’s been accepted to. But what happens when Sheeda catches the eye of Mo’s older brother, and the invisible racial barriers to success as a ballerina turn out to be not so invisible?

Paula Chase continues to explore the lives of African American middle school characters from the Cove, a low-income housing project, in this stand-alone companion to So Done and Dough Boys. Both universal and specific, Turning Point is rich with thematic threads such as racism, body image, poverty, creativity, religion, Me Too, friendship, and family running through it. A rewarding and thought-provoking read for the older middle grade audience.

ISBN: 9780062965660

JLG Release: Jan 2021

Sensitive Areas: Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment
Topics: Best friends , Friendship , Ballet dancing , African Americans , Microaggressions , Crushes , Church communities , Housing projects , Aunts and nieces

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Realistic Fiction Middle Plus

Grades 5-8

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Book Details



First Release

January 2021



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

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Accelerated Reader


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Print Book


Hardcover edition


Greenwillow Bks.

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment


Best friends, Friendship, Ballet dancing, African Americans, Microaggressions, Crushes, Church communities, Housing projects, Aunts and nieces,

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Realistic Fiction

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