Piecing Me Together (Hardcover)

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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

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Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner
New York Times bestseller

"Timely and timeless." --Jacqueline Woodson

"Important and deeply moving." --John Green

Acclaimed author Renee Watson offers a powerful story about a girl striving for success in a world that too often seems like it's trying 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 Jade has: every day she rides the bus away from her friends and to the private school where she feels like an outsider, but where she has plenty of opportunities. But some opportunities she doesn't really welcome, like an invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for "at-risk" girls. Just because her mentor is black and graduated from the same high school doesn't mean she understands where Jade is coming from. She's tired of being singled out as someone who needs help, someone people want to fix. Jade wants to speak, to create, to express her joys and sorrows, her pain and her hope. Maybe there are some things she could show other women about understanding the world and finding ways to be real, to make a difference.

NPR's Best Books of 2017
A 2017 New York Public Library Best Teen Book of the Year
Chicago Public Library's Best Books of 2017
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2017
Kirkus Reviews' Best Teen Books of 2017
2018 Josette Frank Award Winner

About the Author


RENÉE WATSON is the Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award-winning author of the novels Piecing Me Together, This Side of Home, What Momma Left Me, Betty Before X, co-written with Ilyasah Shabazz, and two picture books: Harlem's Little Blackbird and A Place Where Hurricanes Happen. Renée is the founder of I, Too, Arts Collective, a nonprofit committed to nurturing underrepresented voices in the creative arts. She lives in New York City.www.reneewatson.net@harlemportland (Instagram)


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Product Details
ISBN: 9781681191058
ISBN-10: 1681191059
Publisher: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
Publication Date: February 14th, 2017
Pages: 272
Language: English