Publication Date: January 3, 2023
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Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7
From award-winning author Tanita S. Davis comes a nuanced exploration of the microaggressions of middle school, and a young Black girl named Madalyn who learns that being a good friend means dealing with the blue skies and the rain.
Lightning couldn’t strike twice, could it? After a terrible year, Madalyn needs clear skies desperately. Moving in with her great-uncle, Papa Lobo, and switching to a new school is just the first step.It’s not all rainbows and sunshine, though. Madalyn discovers she’s the only Black girl in her class, and while most of her classmates are friendly, assumptions lead to some serious storms.Papa Lobo’s long-running feud with neighbor Mrs. Baylor brings wild weather of its own, and Madalyn wonders just how far things will go. But when fire threatens the community, Madalyn discovers that truly being neighborly means more than just staying on your side of the street— it means weathering tough conversations—and finding that together a family can pull through anything.Award-winning author Tanita S. Davis shows us that life isn’t always clear and that partly cloudy days still contain a bit of blue worth celebrating.
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