Forever Is Now

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$19.99  $18.59
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
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5.5 X 8.4 X 1.5 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author
Mariama J. Lockington is an adoptee, educator, and Schneider Family Book Award and Stonewall Honor-winning author. She has been telling stories and making her own books since the second grade, when she wore shortalls and flower leggings every day to school. She is the critically acclaimed author of the middle-grade novels For Black Girls Like Me and In the Key of Us, both of which earned five starred reviews. Mariama calls many places home but currently lives in Kentucky with her wife; her little sausage dog, Henry; and an abundance of plants.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book of the Year
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year
A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults of the Year List Selection

A Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18 List Selection

"An outstanding novel in-verse that tells the story of a teenager's struggles to better both her mental health and her community. Lockington's approachable poetry covers heavy topics readers may find emotionally demanding--mental health, family dynamics, anti-Blackness, social activism, sexuality, social media, romance. The author elegantly and compassionately portrays Sadie's complicated, sensitive struggle with agoraphobia and depicts various realistic ways people might respond to the mental health of their loved ones." --Shelf Awareness, starred review

"Nuanced depictions of intercommunity tensions--between Sadie's empathetic dad and her brusque mom, between her bold, activist, nonbinary best friend and her tentative, Black transracial adoptee new crush--help propel the narrative. Lockington's real achievement here, though, is the tenderness with which she captures the utter vulnerability, strength, and beauty of a 'sad, anxious Black girl.' Intimately and immensely powerful." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Black queer teen Sadie Dixon confronts police brutality while contending with her own mental health challenges in this lyrically written verse novel . . . Lockington steadily builds momentum via Sadie's sharply rendered and visceral voice, making for a devastating portrayal of--and compassionate look into--one teenager's struggles to better her mental health situation and her community." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This novel-in-verse depicts a range of relevant struggles for Black girls: Sadie is painfully aware of a world that is both physically dying and politically corrupt, and she's furious that her generation is expected to save it even as the threat of racial violence means she could be the next person whose name gets chanted at protests. Notably, Lockington equally emphasizes Sadie's cherishing of sources of Black joy . . . Sadie is a character readers will root for as she overcomes her first heartbreak, advances with her therapy enough to attend the protest march, and finds her voice: 'I am a sad, anxious Black girl./ And all I have are these fists, / telling a fury tale.'" --The Bulletin, starred review

"Lockington effectively mixes verse narration with social media posts to create an authentic teenage narrator. She thoughtfully explores mental health, sexuality (Sadie is bisexual), family, anti-Blackness, Black girl joy, and activism.'" --Horn Book