In this heartfelt middle-grade novel from debut author Nicole D. Collier, fifth-grader Jillian must learn to speak and break free of her shell to enter her school's academic competition and keep her promise to her grandmother.
Fifth-grader Jillian will do just about anything to blend in, including staying quiet even when she has the right answer. After she loses a classroom competition because she won't speak up, she sets her mind on winning her school's biggest competition. But breaking out of her shell is easier said than done, and Jillian has only a month to keep her promise to her grandmother and prove to herself that she can speak up and show everyone her true self.
A warm and relatable middle-grade debut novel about family, friendship, and finding the confidence to break free from the crowd and be who you truly are. ---from the publisher
224 pages 978-0358434610 Ages 8-11
Keywords: coming of age, school issues, competition, finding your voice, self confidence, self image, self reliance, courage, African American and Black stories, African American author, Black Girl books, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, being yourself, believing in yourself, grandmother