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It All Comes Down To This by Karen English

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368 pages

A powerful middle grade coming-of-age novel set in a slowly integrating upper middle class Los Angeles neighborhood in the summer of 1965, from a Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winning author. Perfect for fans of Rita Williams-Garcia and Sharon M. Draper.

It's 1965, Los Angeles. Sophie is the new black kid in a nearly all-white neighborhood; her beloved sister, Lily, is going away to college soon; and her parents' marriage is rocky. Plus, there's her family's new, disapproving housekeeper to deal with. Then riots erupt in nearby Watts and a friend is unfairly arrested, and Sophie learns that life-and her own place in it-is even more complicated than she'd once thought.


Honest, witty . . . relatable. Unfairness and race-consciousness run through the story-so do surprises. Bigotry wears many guises. Kindness does too." - Wall Street Journal

"Thoughtful and well-wrought . . . . Compassionate, pointed, and empowering." - Booklist, starred review

"An impressive coming-of-age story." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Reveals how an impressionable and intelligent child learns from the injustices that touch her, her family, and her friends." - Publishers Weekly, starred review"

PUBLISHER: Clarion Books (December 17, 2019)

FORMAT: Paperback