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The Only Black Girls In Town final cover

ALSC Children's Notable Book


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.

Bank Street Best Children's Book

BCALA Best of the Best

California Book Award Finalist

Chicago Public Library Best of the Best

Kirkus Best Book of 2020

School Library Journal Best Book of 2020

Washington Post Best Book of 2020

Junior Library Guild selection

Washington Post KidsPost
Summer Book Club pick

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