Book review by Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Girl faces racism, sister's cancer in touching tale.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 36 reviews

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age 13+

Surprised by content

I am surprised that the Common Sense Media Expert review and the parent reviews didn’t reveal some unnecessary content in the book. Sexy stuff: 1) Main character talk of her sister showing her new breasts to her male cousins. 2)The main character wonders if her 15 year old sister is showing her breasts to the boy she is out with. While playing scrabble, a boy cousin creates the word “sperm. “ There is talk of parents trying to make a baby. The main character didn’t know what it involved, so she listened at her parents’ door and heard a lot of grunting. She then concludes that making a baby is a lot of hard work. Language: There is sporadic use of language through the book. G*d D***. And others. I don’t have time to look it up, but I would say there was mild profanity on 3-4 different occasions. I personally enjoyed the book. However, I read books with kids in mind. 10-12 year olds don’t need the sexy stuff. As a parent, I would be upset if this book was in my child’s classroom. Otherwise, the book is very good with great messages and role models.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
age 11+


I'm not sure how there is only 1 star for language when it uses the S-word. I was pretty shocked to see it in a book for children. The rest of the book is very good, but for one line I can't keep the book in my classroom library. Disappointing choice by the author, in my opinion.

This title has:

Too much swearing

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For kids who love historical fiction and strong female characters

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