Some Places More Than Others

by Renée Watson
Short Summary
Amara can’t wait to visit her father’s family in New York City and get in touch with her roots. But from the moment she arrives, everything feels unwelcoming.

Good For:
Award-Winning Author, Heartwarming and Inspiring Middle Grades Fiction, Complex Family Dynamics, Exploring the Power of Family Stories, Relatable Coming-of-Age Tale

Topics and Themes:
Family, Roots, Oregon, New York City, Healing and Forgiveness

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All Amara wants for her birthday is to visit her father’s family in New York City—Harlem, to be exact. She can’t wait to finally meet her Grandpa Earl and cousins in person and to stay in the brownstone where her father grew up. Maybe this will help her understand her family—and herself—in a new way.

But New York City is not exactly what Amara thought it would be. It’s crowded, with confusing subways and suffocating sidewalks. Her father is too busy with work to spend time with her, and he’s too angry to spend time with Grandpa Earl.

As Amara learns more about Harlem and her father’s family history, she begins to understand more about who she is and where she came from…and who she wants to be.
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Product Details

    • Grades: 4 - 7
    • Ages: 9 - 12
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 5/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-338-66455-3