Sellout by Ebony Joy Wilkins

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It is a summer that will change everything . . . .

NaTasha has a wonderful life in affluent Park Adams. She fits in, she has friends, and she's a member of the all-white ballet troupe. Being nearly the only African American in her school doesn't bother NaTasha. But it bothers Tilly, NaTasha's spitfire grandmother from Harlem, who decides NaTasha needs to get back to her roots or her granddaughter is in danger of losing herself completely. Tilly whisks NaTasha away to a world where all of a sudden nothing in NaTasha's life makes any sense: Harlem and Comfort Zone in the Bronx, a crisis center where (cont'd)

About Ebony Joy Wilkins

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Ebony Joy Wilkins lives in New York City. This is her first novel. Visit her online at
Published June 25, 2010 by Scholastic Press. 274 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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NaTasha’s doubts about her mother’s focus on shopping and appearances successfully present a character open to the change she experiences Some at the center are predictable tough-girl characters, but the dialogue is authentic, and NaTasha’s growth feels right.

Jun 15 2010 | Read Full Review of Sellout

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As an African-American, NaTasha is in the minority in her New Jersey suburb, but her social situation changes drastically and presents a set of new challenges when she spends several weeks with her grandmother, Tilly, in Harlem.

Jul 12 2010 | Read Full Review of Sellout

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