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Parents' Guide to

We Are Family

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Kids fight to save their team in fun, light basketball tale.

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While some of this story feels paint by number, the depth and variety of the main characters save the book from being overly ordinary. The way We Are Family gives each team member time in the spotlight is mainly great, because Tamika, Dex, Anthony, and Chris are diverse in personality, background, and what drives them. The one small drawback, however, is that by having such a great cast, it makes it hard for Jayden to shine. While Jayden is perfectly fine (he's smart, confident, and puts his family above himself), he isn't actually all that interesting, a fact only reinforced by his dropping out of the story for a good third somewhere in the middle. Around the same time or just before, Tamika really takes over as the most interesting character, and some readers might feel that this story really belongs (and always had belonged) to her. But there's a decent amount of actual basketball action, a strong girl character, and the story is uplifting, winning, and positive.

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