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Unstoppable Octobia May

By Sharon G Flake   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545609623 Paperback
288 Pages | 5.28" x 7.58" | Ages 8 to 12

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545609609 Hardcover
288 Pages | 5.85" x 8.54" | Ages 8 to 12

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545609616 Ebook
288 Pages | Ages 8 to 12

A poignant coming-of-age story set in the mid 1950’s that eerily blends history, race, culture, and family.

Octobia May is girl filled with questions. Her heart condition makes her special - and, some folks would argue, gives this ten-year-old powers that make her a "wise soul." Thank goodness for Auntie, who convinces Octobia’s parents to let her live in her boarding house that is filled with old folks. That’s when trouble, and excitement, and wonder begin. Auntie is non-traditional. She’s unmarried and has plans to purchase other boarding homes and hotels. At a time when children, and especially girls, are "seen, not heard," Auntie allows Octobia May the freedom and expression of an adult. When Octobia starts to question the folks in her world, an adventure and a mystery unfold that beg some troubling questions: Who is black and who is "passing" for white? What happens when a vibrant African American community must face its own racism?

And, perhaps most important: Do vampires really exist? In her most and probing novel yet, Sharon G. Flake takes us on a heart-pumping journey.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for Pinned: * " Brilliantly realized...An uplifting story that convincingly celebrates the power of perseverance." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* " ...constructing two authentic, distinct voices that expose the strengths and flaws of both teenagers..." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

* " Autumn and Adonis, in addition to the supporting characters—parents, teachers, and friends alike— have distinctive personalities and voices, enhancing the story’s depth and complexity." —The Horn Book, starred review