Sincerely Sicily

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5.84 X 8.6 X 1.05 inches | 0.82 pounds

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About the Author

Tamika Burgess is a storyteller with over a decade of novel, TV/film, and personal essay writing experience. Born to parents who migrated from Panamá, Tamika has always taken a particular interest in writing themes that explore her Black Latina identity. Because of her passion for spreading the knowledge of Black Panamanian culture, Tamika has been featured on various websites, podcasts, and panels. When she is not writing, Tamika is somewhere cozy online shopping and listening to a podcast. Tamika resides in sunny Southern California.


"Impressively models the ways an ordinary girl--consistently serving fab lip gloss looks--can be an extraordinary self-advocate even when she shouldn't have to be. Prejudice can show up anywhere; this smart, rich novel deserves to be read everywhere." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Timely and refreshing, Burgess's vulnerably rendered debut empathetically tackles colorism and highlights the courage it takes to confront the hurtful words of strangers and loved ones alike." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Burgess shines with her satisfying exploration of culture and identity...An enlightening and hopeful reflection on an individual's power to combat our nation's monolithic view of race and culture--one story at a time." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Readers will connect to the realistic situations presented in this novel, as well as the themes pertaining to change, personal identity, and grief." -- Booklist

"Tween readers will relate to Sicily's story of finding herself while navigating changes and uncertainty." -- School Library Journal

"Brimming with Afro-Latina magic, Sincerely Sicily is a stunning debut!" -- Tami Charles, New York Times bestselling author of All Because You Matter and Like Vanessa

"A beautiful, nuanced, and empowering discovery of Afro-Panamanian culture and Black girl magic estilo Latina." -- Américas Award-winning author Aida Salazar

"The more Sicily learns about her ancestors and their struggles and strengths, the more her pride and self-confidence grow. This book shows that knowledge truly is power." -- Hilda Eunice Burgos, author of Ana Mari'a Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle and Miosotis Flores Never Forgets

?"Sweet and full of heart, Burgess paints a beautiful portrait of race and culture that puts Afro-Latinos in the spotlight in a way that so many readers need." -- Paula Chase, author of critically acclaimed novels So Done and Turning Point