Junior High is filled with change for Shayla and her two best friends Isabella and Julia aka The United Nations. New friendships and crushes threaten the trio. Elsewhere Shay’s big sister protests with Black Lives Matters as Shayla becomes more aware of race and how Blacks are marginalized in society and in her school, as well as her own biases.
A GOOD KIND OF TROUBLE should be required reading for middle grade students. The Middle School years are challenging, friendship is challenging, crushes are challenging, race is challenging. Lisa Moore Ramee weaves together a simple, yet complicated story about an imperfect tween who is easy to root for, providing no easy answers.
A GOOS KIND OF TROUBLE is a must addition for libraries and classrooms, as well as all readers.