Wednesday, July 12, 2017

I Second That: Piecing Me Together by Renée Watsont:

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

Jade is a collage artist with an amazing grade point average. She spends her spare time tutoring her classmates. So why is she chosen as a candidate for a mentor program? She suspects it has something to do with the fact that she's one of the only African Americans at her school and the only one who takes the bus from her neighborhood to the much wealthier one where the private school is located.

Instead of going to mentor meetings, Jade would much rather commit herself to studying Spanish in hopes of securing a spot in the school's spring break trip. She is certain that travel to another part of the world would be much more helpful to her than trips around her city, but the mentor program comes with the promise of a college scholarship at the end of it, so her mother is not going to let her decline the offer.

When her mentor, Maxine, seems more interested in dealing with her own relationship issues than connecting with Jade, it seems like this is going to be a very long school year. This isn't helped when she finds herself butting heads with Sam, her new friend, who never seems willing to see situations from Jade's perspective. 

In art, Jade finds ways to turn things that other people would consider trash and reshape them into masterpieces. But, can she find a way to speak up and change the things in her life that are not working for her?

If you are looking for a thoughtful book where you get to know the inner life of a narrator who keeps many of her thoughts hidden from the rest of the world, check out Piecing Me Together .

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Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

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