Our February pick is a book that deals with darkness in a very compelling and empowering way. You will stand up and cheer for the heroine--and best friend ever--Akilah.
No Laughter Here by Rita Williams-Garcia
Even though they were born in different countries, Akilah and Victoria are true best friends. But Victoria has been acting strange ever since she returned from Nigeria, where she had a special coming-of-age ceremony. Why does proud Victoria, named for a queen, slouch at her desk and speak in a whisper? Why won't she laugh with Akilah anymore?
When Akilah learns Victoria's terrible secret, she has even more questions - but they might not have answers. Readers will identify with headstrong, outspoken Akilah, whose struggle to understand what's happened to Victoria reveals a painful truth in an honest and accessible way.
And other people like it too:
"[A] richly layered . . . skillfully told, powerful story." - Booklist, starred review
"Eye-opening and grounded . . . Unapologetic, fresh, and painful." - Kirkus, starred review
Texas Tayshas List
One of Booklist's Top 10 Black History Titles for Youth
ALA Best Books for Young Adults
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