Written by Candice Iloh
Published by Penguin Young Readers Group
When Ada leaves home for her freshman year at a Historically Black College, it’s the first time she’s ever been so far from her family—and the first time that she’s been able to make her own choices and to seek her place in this new world. As she stumbles deeper into the world of dance and explores her sexuality, she also begins to wrestle with her past—her mother’s struggle with addiction, her Nigerian father’s attempts to make a home for her. Ultimately, Ada discovers she needs to brush off the destiny others have chosen for her and claim full ownership of her body and her future.
Primary ISBN: 9780525556206
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, eBook
Young Adult, Age 12 and older
Community Represented: Nigerian/Nigerian American
Themes: Award Winner, Education & Literacy, Engagement Tool: Audio or Podcast, Family Relationship: Parents, Generation: 1st, Generational Differences: Gender Roles, LGBTQIA+, Loss of Childhood, Own Voices/Lived Experience, The Arts
Setting: United States (Chicago, IL) (Washington D.C.)
Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: 1st Generation
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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