The Only Black Girls in Town

The Only Black Girls in Town

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In a predominately white California beach town, the only two black seventh-graders, Alberta and Edie, find hidden journals that uncover family secrets and speak to race relations in the past.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316456388
0316456381
9780316456371
9780316456395
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 21 cm

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Alberta and Edie are the only two black girls in their Californian town. The discovery of journals in Edie’s house leads to the uncovering of the town’s and the former inhabitants of the house’s racial past.

Twelve-year-old Alberta lives with her two loving (and slightly overprotective) dads in sleepy Ewing Beach, California. Alberta is a vegetarian, a surfer and not sure whether she feels ready to be a teenager. Especially compared to her best friend Laramie who’s grown long legs and a serious inter... Read More »


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IndyPL_TammieB Mar 12, 2021

This book is great in that it is at the same time contemporary and also offering historical perspectives. Racism from 50-100 years ago that continues into the 21st century. Along with addressing racism, it addresses the need for belonging that is such a strong need for all of us, especially in middle school. Not only these two themes, but Alberta address the LGBTQ community as she has two dads.

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zaraism
Dec 24, 2020

Good story. Colbert did a phenomenal job describing bullying, racism 50-100 years ago, and racism in the 21st century.

DCLkids Dec 08, 2020

A Great Books for Great Kids staff pick 2020. Alberta has been the only Black girl in town for as long as she can remember, so she is ecstatic when Edie, a Black girl from Brooklyn, moves in across the street. They become quick friends. After discovering old journals at Edie's house, a mystery unfolds as the girls attempt to find out more about the history of their town. Grades 4-6.

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IndyPL_TammieB Mar 12, 2021

IndyPL_TammieB thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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IndyPL_TammieB Mar 12, 2021

Edie and Alberta are the only two seventh graders in their town in California who are black. The must navigate their sometimes unfair world. Alberta is a surfing fanatic and spent years as the only African American kid in her school/ town. When Edie’s family moves in she is no longer alone but Alberta is nothing like her. Edie is from Brooklyn and she doesn’t even like the beach! They soon become best friends, especially as Alberta’s lifelong best friend is drifting away. They find some hidden journals and uncover family secrets that reveal things about race relations in the past.

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IndyPL_TammieB Mar 12, 2021

“Racist?” She says it so plainly, it startles me. Sometimes that seems like a bad word. Like people are more afraid of being associated with it than actually not being it.”

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