Keeping It Real

ISBN-10: 0062965700
ISBN-13: 9780062965707
Author: Chase, Paula
Interest Level: 5-7
Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: October 2022

Copyright: 2021

Page Count: 368

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Interest Level

Grades 5-7

Reading Level

Accelerated Reader Level: 4.8
Accelerated Reader Points: 10.0

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Adolescence

JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Alternative Family

JUVENILE FICTION / Clothing & Dress

Marigold Johnson has always lived between two worlds, the elite private school she attends and the Black working-class neighborhood where her parents grew up - the neighborhood they still support. It?s a dance she?s used to. Mari is looking forward to attending a special program at her family?s business, Def Unlimited, for teens who love fashion. But Mari quickly realizes that she?s out of place with the three other trainees - and one girl, Kara, seems to hate her on sight. As tension builds and the stakes at the program get higher, Mari uncovers exactly why Kara?s been so spiteful. She also discovers some hard truths about herself and her family...Keeping it Real is about the pressure to conform; how Black people are expected to erase their Blackness in white spaces, and the cost of that erasure when they re-engage with Black communities. It?s also a powerful exploration of what happens when parents pick and choose what they shield their children from.
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