Beach-loving surfer Alberta has been the only black girl in town for years. Alberta’s best friend, Laramie, is the closest thing she has to a sister, but there are some things even Laramie can’t understand. When the bed and breakfast across the street finds new owners, Alberta is ecstatic to learn the family is black-and they have a 12-year-old daughter just like her.
Alberta is positive she and the new girl, Edie, will be fast friends. But while Alberta loves being a California girl, Edie misses her native Brooklyn and finds it hard to adapt to small-town living.
When the girls discover a box of old journals in Edie’s attic, they team up to figure out exactly who’s behind them and why they got left behind. Soon they discover shocking and painful secrets of the past and learn that nothing is quite what it seems.From Amazon
As it says in the caption to my Instagram post, I’ve been a Colbert fan since someone (I can’t remember who) put Little & Lion on my radar. In my effort to read more middle grade, this came to my attention at just the right time. I’m listening to the audiobook that I received as part of Audiobook Listening Copies at Libro.fm.
From what I’ve read so far, I’m loving the characters and the multitudes of blackness depicted within these pages.
Are you a reader of middle grade fiction? What middle grade books should I add to my stack? Bonus points for nonfiction.