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*POSTPONED* BRANDY COLBERT reads from her new middle grade novel THE ONLY BLACK GIRLS IN TOWN with NINA LACOUR

The Only Black Girls in Town (Little, Brown)

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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.

Praise for The Only Black Girls in Town:

“Colbert's middle-grade debut, centering black girls who represent a range of experiences, deserves a standing ovation. Alberta's narration is perceptive and accessible as she navigates race in America in the past and present. A heartfelt tale with classy, indelible characters.” –Kirkus, starred review

"The Only Black Girls in Town is a tender, humorous, and suspenseful story about navigating the turbulent waters of middle school friendship. Alberta and Edie prove that Blackness is not a monolith and remind us that if you keep looking, there’s always more to see and learn about the people and places we love. Colbert’s middle grade debut is an unputdownable tale. Readers will want to hang out with Alberta and Edie long after the story ends." —Renée Watson, New York Times bestselling author of Some Places More Than Others, Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award winner

“Exploring growing-up issues and historical secrets with empathy, insight, and grace, Colbert creates a stunning tale of family, friendship, and racial identity. An engaging, must read for everyone.” —Jewell Parker Rhodes, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Ghost Boys and Black Brother, Black Brother

Brandy Colbert is the critically acclaimed author of YA novels including Stonewall Award winner Little & Lion, The Revolution of Birdie Randolph, Pointe, Finding Yvonne, and the upcoming The Voting Booth. The Only Black Girls in Town is her middle grade debut. Her short fiction and essays have been published in several critically acclaimed anthologies for young people. Born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, Brandy now lives and writes in Los Angeles.

Nina LaCour is the author of the widely acclaimed Hold StillThe Disenchantments, and Everything Leads to You, and the Michael L. Printz Award-winner, We Are Okay. She is also the coauthor, with David Levithan of You Know Me Well. Formerly a bookseller and high school English teacher, she now writes and parents full time. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Nina lives with her family in Martinez, California. www.ninalacour.com

Author photo by Kristyn Stroble

Event date: 
Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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