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Piecing Me Together

by Renee Watson

Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighbourhood if she’s ever going to succeed.

Her mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. And she has. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly white private school and even Saturday morning test prep opportunities. But some opportunities feel more demeaning than helpful. Like an invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship programme for ‘at-risk’ girls. Except really, it’s for black girls. From ‘bad’ neighbourhoods. And just because Maxine, her college-graduate mentor, is black, doesn’t mean she understands Jade. And maybe there are some things Jade could show these successful women about the real world and finding ways to make a real difference.

About Renee Watson

RENÉE WATSON is the acclaimed author of the teen novel, This Side of Home, and two picture booksHarlem's Little Blackbird and A Place Where Hurricanes Happen, which was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Her middle grade novel, What Momma Left Me debuted as an ABA New Voices Pick. She lives in New York City.


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