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Kiki in the Middle (West 44 Ya Verse) Hardcover – August 1, 2022
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Kiki is a teen artist living with her Greek-American family in Queens. After a man with mental illness is killed by police, protests fill the streets. Kiki's into art, not activism, and would rather observe from the sidelines than participate, but she reluctantly joins her friends on a march. She is shocked when a protestor lifts up a photograph of her brother, Stravros, and one word―#Murderer. Stavros, a police rookie in his first week on the job, says he was just defending himself. But Kiki’s friends, and thousands of protesters, news reporters, and politicians, say he should be in jail. Kiki must decide who to believe, and what to do about it. Even artists can't stand on the sidelines forever.
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NetGalley -- "Wow, wow y wow. Esta historia nos cuenta de Kiki que un día su hermano policía mata a un muchacho en la calle y empiezan las protestas en contra de los policías y quieren justicia para Ray. Kiki se ve envuelta en apoyar a su familia porque es lo debido o apoyar a una madre que se quedó sin su hijo y es lo correcto. Es una historia muy cruda y fuerte pero que nos deja mucho mensaje". -- Kirkus -- "An entry point for reluctant readers to explore the personal side of social justice issues. (glossary) (Verse novel. 12-18)". -- NetGalley -- "A well-written and important read that I would definitely recommend"! -- NetGalley -- "I really enjoyed this short book. Very cleverly written, fast-paced, and so much covered within it. Great, believable, and relatable characters put in an increasingly common situation. Perfect conversation starter book. I certainly found it captivating as well as thought-provoking".
- Publisher : West 44 Books (August 1, 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1978596065
- ISBN-13 : 978-1978596061
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,204,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 13, 2022
This slim novel grapples with a young police officer’s killing of a man with mental health challenges. Written from the perspective of a teenager, Kiki absorbs the sorrow of both families, struggles with the alienation of friends, and finds her artistic voice. Written in tender, accessible poetic form, “Kiki in the Middle” guides the reader through the complexity of the tragedy and offers a path toward personal growth and community healing. Important story, beautifully told. Perfect for any reader.