Serena Says


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$16.99  $15.80
Katherine Tegen Books
Publish Date
5.6 X 8.3 X 1.1 inches | 0.8 pounds

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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 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. Visit her at


"Middle school energy forms a bustling backdrop for this clever story of navigating changing relationships and developing a sense of personal identity. Secondary characters and storylines provide humor and pathos while 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)

"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

"Throughout the story, Serena develops an earnest and sincere voice the world needs to hear. The dialogue is well paced. Davis intersperses day-to-day occurrences with heavier topics such as physical and mental illness and cultural representation [along with a]n appealing cast of family, friends, and classmates." -- Horn Book Magazine

"[Serena] learns to communicate her feelings, and respect her friends' boundaries. The book also aptly depicts mental health and the importance of privacy. A diverse and lively cast of characters helps propel the story forward. While Serena is in middle school, the prose reads at a younger level and would appeal to elementary-age children. VERDICT . . . young readers will find in Serena an energetic friend working through the challenges of growing up." -- School Library Journal