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#2436944 in Books 2008-01-01Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 8.50 x .75 x 5.75l, .72 #File Name: 0316114308208 pages | File size: 24.Mb Sherri Winston : The Kayla Chronicles before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised The Kayla Chronicles: 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Smart, funny page-turner Great character voiceBy MarkOfEarthSmart, funny page-turner Great character voice. I was hooked on Kayla in the first chapter... the first page probably. Loved it! I can't believe this book hasn't had more attention and doesn't have hundreds of reviews.1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. Author Sherri Winston is amazing!By Jeri TolliverI'm starting a
bookclub for young women and found this to add to our list. Great book- more details when I'm done.0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Five StarsBy Mr. Louis F. Faiellagrand daughter loved it. Kayla Dean, junior feminist and future journalist, is about the break the story of a lifetime. She is auditioning for the Lady Lions dance team to prove they discriminate against the not-so-well endowed. But when she makes the team, her best friend and fellow feminist, Rosalie, is not happy.Now a Lady Lion, Kayla is transformed from bushy-haired fashion victim to glammed-up dance diva. But does looking good and having fun mean turning her back on the cause? Can you be a strong woman and still wear really cute shoes? Soon Kayla is forced to challenge her views, coming to terms with who she is and what girl power really means.Narrated with sharp language and just the right amount of attitude, The Kayla Chronicles is the story of a girl's struggle for self-identity despite pressure from family, friends and her own conscience. Kayla's story is snappy, fun and inspiring, sure to appeal to anyone who's every questioned who they really are. From Booklist*Starred * A refreshing departure from YA books tendency to emphasize underprivileged teens of color, this novel, set among well-heeled African Americans, rolls together gender politics and a friendship rift into a buoyant, thoughtful comedy. When Kayla is steamrolled by stridently feminist Rosalie into auditioning for their elite high schools hip-hop team, intending to expose discriminatory standards of beauty, something unforeseen occurs: Kayla actually makes the cut. To her surprise, the almost-15-year-old finds a sense of empowerment in dance, but Rosalie remains contemptuous of both the hoochie-mama dancers and of Kaylas decision to join them. The widening gap between the girls touchingly illustrates the shifts that can rock adolescent friendships, while memorable scenes, such as one in which a dancer matches Rosalie line for line in a Nikki Giovannirecitation smack down, will win exuberant supporters for Winstons inclusive message: Why settle for being just one type of girl? Kaylas family tensions are underdeveloped, and some readers will feel shortchanged by the lack of dance specifics. Still, few recent novels for younger YAs mesh levity and substance this successfully, and while some of Kaylas concerns are specifically African American (such as whether using hair-relaxing treatments constitute buying into oppression), her smart, gently selfmocking voice will transcend racial lines to hit home with a large number of young women. Grades 5-9. --Jennifer Mattson "A fun, sassy, lighthearted story."School Library Journal"Kayla narrates her story with plenty of sass, energy and enthusiasm....sure to inspire young women."BookPage"More novels are needed like this one about a diverse, smart, talented, black young lady determined to leave her mark on society."VOYA"A refreshing departure....a buoyant thoughtful comedy....few recent novels for younger YAs mesh levity and substance this successfully....will transcend racial lines to hit home with a large number of young women."(starred review), Booklist"A well-told story."Detroit Free Press"The writing is as strong as the tropical sun in this Florida journalist's second young-adult novel. "Romantic TimesAbout the AuthorSherri Winston lives in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where she is a columnist for the South Florida SunSentinel. This is her debut novel.