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Product Details

Price
$16.99  $15.63
Publisher
Katherine Tegen Books
Publish Date
Pages
240
Dimensions
5.81 X 8.58 X 0.93 inches | 0.74 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780062937001

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About the Author

Tanita S. Davis is the award-winning author of six novels for middle grade and young adult readers, including Serena Says, Peas and Carrots, Happy Families, and Mare's War, which was a Coretta Scott King Award Honor book and earned her a nomination for the NAACP Image Award. She grew up in California and was so chatty as a kid that her mother begged her to "just write it down." Now she's back in California, doing her best to keep writing it all down. www.tanitasdavis.com

Reviews

Serena is a smart, intuitive Black girl with relatable fears and insecurities; as the book progresses, she decides she's ready to step into the spotlight all on her own. Davis capably touches on matters of chronic illness, mental health, and friendship growing pains in this quiet but impactful slice-of-life novel.--Publishers Weekly
Praise for SERENA SAYS: Middle school energy forms a bustling backdrop for this clever story of navigating changing relationships and developing a sense of personal identity. At the center is spirited, smart Serena, someone readers will appreciate and cheer. A delightful multicultural narrative that spotlights friendship and self-awareness. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Relatable, honest, wise and witty: Serena Says is an essential read for all of us learning to find our voice."--Lisa Greenwald, author of the TBH and Friendship List series
This deeply relatable novel about changing friendships and finding your voice is one I desperately needed as a kid. Serena's voice is pitch-perfect and Davis's portrayal of middle school struggles is both captivating and heartfelt.--Janae Marks, author of From the Desk of Zoe Washington
Timely and original. A tender, honest look at friendship, family and the changing nature of both. I so related with Madalyn grappling with the big and small storms life threw her way and cheered when she learned she had the strength to weather just about anything. A delightful, inspiring read.--Lisa Moore Ramee, author of A Good Kind of Trouble and Something to Say
Being the new kid in seventh grade isn't easy, and [neither is] being Black in a sea of white and brown faces. Davis suggests alternate paths for her protagonist--and by extension, readers--through Madalyn's challenge: assess whether the friendship is worth pursuing and, if so, insist on the difficult and honest conversations necessary to lay its foundation; or accept the permanence of disaffection, while acting with dignity and respect. Madalyn and Natalie's . . . mutual courage in reaching for reconciliation offers readers much to ponder.--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books