For Black Girls Like Me
Makeda June Kirkland is eleven-years-old, adopted, and black. Her parents and big sister are white, and even though she loves her family very much, Makeda often feels left out. When Makeda's family moves from Maryland to New Mexico, she leaves behind her best friend, Lena—the only other adopted black girl she knows—for a new life. In New Mexico, everything is different. At home, Makeda’s sister is too cool to hang out with her anymore and at school, she can’t seem to find one true friend.
Through it all, Makeda can’t help wondering: What would it feel like to grow up with a family that looks like me?
Through singing, dreaming, and writing secret messages back and forth with Lena, Makeda might just carve a small place for herself in the world.
JLG Release: Sep 2019
Awards & Honors
SLJ Best Books - 2019
CPL Best Books - 2019
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*, Booklist*
School Library Journal
8 1/4" x 5 1/3"
Level 3.5; Points: 7;
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Mild language, Racism, Racial slur, Attempted suicide, Mentions of drug use, Mentions of nudity
Identity, African Americans, Interracial adoption, Family problems, Homeschooling, Moving households, Bipolar disorder, Sisters,