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One of the Good Ones

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Rousing novel about teen's quest in honor of late sister.

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This is an entertaining novel with lots of twists and surprises. One of the Good Ones tackles a lot: There's segregation, lynching, police violence, community poverty, grief, and generational trauma. Despite all of those heavy subjects, it manages to be lighthearted. There's also friendship, sibling love, family strength, and adolescent romance. The characters are resilient and optimistic about living their best lives. The one weakness is the heavy-handed way the authors insert historical background information and their social commentary into dialogue, sometimes paragraphs-long passages that read like op-eds. Fans of Dear Haiti will probably enjoy this one too.

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