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Parents' Guide to

The Black Kids

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Complex tale of prom drama during Rodney King riots.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+


every one should read!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (3 ):

This book successfully tackles a complex subject by juxtaposing a legendary manifestation of racial disharmony with a promising tale of racial progress. In her debut novel, Christian Hammonds Reed has crafted a winner in The Black Kids. The main character, who narrates the story in the first person, has a strong, clear voice and an interior life that wavers from precocious to childish -- like a real teen's. And there are many well-developed characters to love, built with sharp, economical details, like the father's international finance books, the outdoorsy principal's sun-weathered skin, the boy who wears socks to the beach, and the girl who reclaims the nasty nickname other kids have given her by introducing herself with it.

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