Not an Easy Win


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$16.99  $15.80
Random House Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
5.7 X 8.3 X 1.1 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Chrystal D. Giles is a champion for diversity and representation in children's literature. She made her debut with Take Back the Block, which received multiple starred reviews and was an NPR Books We Love selection. Chrystal lives outside Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and son and is currently working on her next middle-grade novel.


★ "A wise and wonderful story." --Booklist, starred review

★ "Fans of Akeelah and the Bee and Brooklyn Castle will cherish this well-characterized, compassionately told story that touches on financial precarity, intergenerational community, and the school-to-prison pipeline." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "This is an all-consuming read about a young Black boy finding community and purpose. Essential middle grade and tween realistic reading." --School Library Journal, starred review

★ "The characters are multidimensional and authentic Complex issues, including poverty, parental incarceration, and racism, are explored with sensitivity, offering readers opportunities for reflection." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Smart and moving."--Book Riot

"The importance of caring adults and of working through conflict are highlighted in this well-written story about a boy who deserves a win." --The Horn Book

"Giles gives readers an honest story about growing up in a world that affords few breaks to Black youth....each character is moving through the world with varied strengths and abilities." --The Bulletin

"Not an Easy Win is a meaningful, moving read, especially for those who feel misunderstood or out of place."--BookPage