Parents' Guide to

This Is My America

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Girl pursues justice for father, brother in exciting novel.

This Is My America Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say Not yet rated
Kids say (2 ):

This exciting, courageous book gives readers a tour through difficult material, including murder, the U.S. justice system, and encounters with police. In This Is My America by Kim Johnson, readers meet a relatable high school student facing scary realities about the society she lives in and her place in it. The first-person narrator's voice fits the story perfectly: She shows admirable resolve in the face of challenges, danger, and the impending tragedy of her father's possible execution. Still she's a normal high school student, drawn in by boys and parties and competing to be editor of the school publication. Valuable instruction about what to do when encountering law enforcement appears throughout the book, without ever seeming forced in.

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate