I loved all the characters and the realistically complex connections and relationships among them.— From Summer Picks 2017
Jade is a collage artist. She creates art by selecting parts and pieces, putting them together in unique and captivating ways. Her story of discovery and identity is about finding the best pieces of the different parts of her life. She selects from her home, her mother — one of my favorite characters — her school, her mentor, teachers and friends. All of these pieces offer strength. As Jade develops, she recognizes the importance of asking for what she needs. Although Piecing Me Together is Jade’s story, the complexities of the secondary characters and their nuanced relationships with each other provide a robust canvas for Jade’s art.
~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017— From Holiday Picks 2017
A timely and powerful story about a teen girl striving for success in a world that too often feels like it wants to break her.
Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she's ever going to succeed. Her mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. And she has. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly-white private school and even Saturday morning test prep opportunities. But some opportunities feel more demeaning than helpful. Like an invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for "at-risk" girls. Except really, it's for black girls. From "bad" neighborhoods. And just because Maxine, her college-graduate mentor, is black doesn't mean she understands Jade. And maybe there are some things Jade could show these successful women about the real world and finding ways to make a real difference.
About the Author
RENEE WATSON is the acclaimed author of the teen novel, This Side of Home, and two picture books: Harlem's Little Blackbird and A Place Where Hurricanes Happen, which was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Her middle grade novel, What Momma Left Me debuted as an ABA New Voices Pick. She lives in New York City.www.reneewatson.net@harlemportland (Instagram)