Partly Cloudy

by Tanita S. Davis

On Sale: 09/07/2021

Partly Cloudy

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Partly Cloudy

by Tanita S. Davis

On Sale: 09/07/2021

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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—and having the tough conversations on days that are partly cloudy. Perfect for fans of A Good Kind of Trouble and From the Desk of Zoe Washington.

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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Critical Praise

"Timely and original. A tender, honest look at friendship, family and the changing nature of both. I so related with Madalyn grappling with the big and small storms life threw her way and cheered when she learned she had the strength to weather just about anything. A delightful, inspiring read." - Lisa Moore Ramee, author of A Good Kind of Trouble and Something to Say

Praise for SERENA SAYS: "Middle school energy forms a bustling backdrop for this clever story of navigating changing relationships and developing a sense of personal identity. At the center is spirited, smart Serena, someone readers will appreciate and cheer. A delightful multicultural narrative that spotlights friendship and self-awareness." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Serena is a smart, intuitive Black girl with relatable fears and insecurities; as the book progresses, she decides she’s ready to step into the spotlight all on her own. Davis capably touches on matters of chronic illness, mental health, and friendship growing pains in this quiet but impactful slice-of-life novel." - Publishers Weekly

"This deeply relatable novel about changing friendships and finding your voice is one I desperately needed as a kid. Serena's voice is pitch-perfect and Davis's portrayal of middle school struggles is both captivating and heartfelt." - Janae Marks, author of From the Desk of Zoe Washington

“Relatable, honest, wise and witty: Serena Says is an essential read for all of us learning to find our voice.” - Lisa Greenwald, author of the TBH and Friendship List series

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062937001
  • ISBN 10: 0062937006
  • Imprint: Katherine Tegen Books
  • On Sale: 09/07/2021
  • Pages: 240
  • List Price:21.00 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature / Disasters

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