Piecing Me Together
Jade has won a scholarship to the prestigious St Francis High School. Her home, family, friends and neighbourhood remain Northside. Other opportunities permeate from this new school, including, a mentor programme, ‘Woman to Woman: A Mentorship Programme for African American Girls’.
From school to the symphony, Frank’s to Portland Heights, a random teenage shooting, to being passed over for a study abroad programme, Jade is trying to find her voice and place. She is working, as she would on one of her collages, on ‘Piecing Me Together‘.
‘Piecing Me Together‘ is quite a magnificent choice for older readers. Jade offers us an opportunity to share problems of difference, in all its shades, the struggle in silence, and understanding and interpretation. I am proud that Bookwagon is able to share this title with our readers. We recommend it without a paper shred of hesitation.
School Library Journal interview with author Renee Watson about Piecing Me Together
Winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, 2018