A Good Kind of Trouble

About The Book

"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

Shayla Willows and her best friends Julia and Isabella make up the “united nations.” Shayla is African-American, Julia is Japanese-American and Isabella is Puerto Rican--three girls from different racial backgrounds but alike in everything that really matters. At least that’s what they’ve always thought. Junior High changes things.

Without her braces and unibrow, Isabella is suddenly gorgeous and capturing the attention of Shayla’s crush. Julia inexplicably seems more interested in hanging out with an all-Asian group than her best friends and is talking weird. And maybe the biggest change of all is with Shayla herself. Shayla’s always been allergic to trouble, so it doesn’t make sense that she’d let her uncoordinated self be talked into trying out for the track team, or why she’d stand up for a bully. But the biggest change by far is how Shayla is realizing, with all the cases of police brutality she’s seeing on the news, that race, does indeed matter.

When Shayla wears a black armband to school in support of Black Lives Matter, the principal tells her the armbands are against dress code. Take it off or be off the track team.

Shayla must decide if standing up for what you believe is worth the trouble.

Themes: Racial Inequality, Self-Discovery, Social Justice, Black Lives Matter, Activism

Cover art © Allenna Harris
Cover design by Aurora Parlagreco

Check out the Author

Lisa Moore Ramée was born and raised in Los Angeles and she now lives in Northern California, with her husband, two kids, one obnoxious cat and a sweet dog. A Good Kind of Trouble was her debut novel, published in 2019. Something to Say was published in 2020. Mapmaker, a middle grade fantasy, will be out in 2022. Find out more on her website, Instagram or on Twitter.

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