“A Fall 2020 Junior Library Guild Selection”
“A necessary purchase for all collections” School Library Journal (Starred)
When being yourself isn’t good enough, who should you be?
Best friends Rasheeda and Monique are both good girls.
For Sheeda, that means keeping her friends close and following her deeply religious, Bible-quoting aunt’s every rule. For Mo, that means not making waves in the prestigious and mostly White ballet intensive she’s been accepted to. But what happens when Sheeda catches the eye of Mo’s older brother, and the invisible racial barriers to Mo’s success as a ballerina turn out to be not so invisible?
Both universal and specific, Turning Point is rich with thematic threads including racism, privilege, body image, poverty, creativity,religion, friendship, and family. A rewarding and thought-provoking read for those young readers lost in the middle between traditional middle grade and young adult fiction.
Readers of Chase’s So Done and Dough Boys will enjoy revisiting familiar characters from The Cove.