It’s the summer before seventh grade and Alberta is so excited for the new family moving into the old bed and breakfast across the street in her Ewing Beach community. What makes Alberta even happier is that the family that is moving in is Black like her and her two dads. Alberta learns about how big a change seventh grade is and also how to finally have someone in her community who she feels like she can relate.
I absolutely adored this book and I wish there were books like this when I was growing up. The themes of casual racism and well intentions were done in a way that absolutely would hit home for the intended audience. Alberta, Edie, and Laramie were good representations of different 12 year old girls. They each had a different personality but they all felt real. The shifting friendship and the “girl drama” felt as if I was back in middle school.
Additionally, the mysterious journal plot line added a layer of something that I have never seen in a middle grade book. It touched on a theme that could have gone way over the heads of the intended audience but it was handled in such a way, that it actually made the topic accessible to the audience.
I highly recommend The Only Black Girls in Town and will definitely be putting it into the hands of as many people as I can. I’m so glad that there are books like this for the younger generation. Thank you to the publisher via Netgalley for the free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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