The Black Kids (Reprint)

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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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5.51 X 8.19 X 1.1 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author
Christina Hammonds Reed holds an MFA from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. A native of the Los Angeles area, her work has previously appeared in the Santa Monica Review and One Teen Story. Her first novel, The Black Kids, was a New York Times bestseller and William C. Morris Award Finalist.
Praise for The Black Kids


* "Incredibly nuanced...An excellent addition to all teen collections with a relatable main character who will lead readers through this heated moment in time."--School Library Journal, starred

* "Christina Hammonds Reed's debut novel, The Black Kids, is set in 1992 but has a timeliness that often feels uncanny...Reed addresses experiences common to Black teens in both 1992 and 2020 with grace and nuance. Her sentences are searingly beautiful...This is a striking debut that fearlessly contributes to ongoing discussions of race, justice and power."--BookPage, starred

* "Reed's stark account of the limitations Black communities have historically faced in the United States, regardless of socioeconomic status, is an answer to the calls for equity and racial justice that for too long have been ignored."--Shelf Awareness, starred

"A timely exploration of '90s Los Angeles during racial upheaval and one girl's awakening."--Kirkus Reviews

"I've never read a book that so aptly delves into the harrowing shift from black girl to black woman, while chronicling one of the most resounding examples of systemic racism in recent American history. Should be required reading in every classroom."--Nic Stone, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin

"Infused with honesty, heart, and humor, The Black Kids is a true love letter to Los Angeles, highlighting the beauty and flaws of the city, and the people who call it home."--Brandy Colbert, award-winning author of Little & Lion

"A brilliantly poetic take on one of the most defining moments in Black American history."--Tiffany D. Jackson, author of Grown and Monday's Not Coming