What Momma Left Me

What Momma Left Me

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After the death of their mother, thirteen-year-old Serenity Evans and her younger brother go to live with their grandparents, who try to keep them safe from bad influences and help them come to terms with what has happened to their family.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781599904467
1599904462
Characteristics: 224 p. ; 21 cm

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mom_1987
Jul 30, 2020

My 10 year son couldn't put the book down. He enjoyed how each chapter kept his attention.

I probably should have come on here to see the age recommendations because I wasn't expecting it to dive in to certain subjects based on the cute cover and the front sleeve summary.

This book contains heavy subjects: domestic violence, murder, suicide, and street violence.
Do not recommend for a sensitive child and may be potentially triggering for kids who experienced trauma.

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NADINE KEELS
Dec 08, 2019

Curiosity about where the story was going kept me determined to stick it out until more than halfway through. I can do heavy reads, but dry and heavy is more difficult. This one just became too depressing, in a dry kind of way, for me to keep at it.

Love the cover for this reprinted edition, though.

Ólive Jul 22, 2012

Gr 5–8—When Serenity's mother is killed and her father disappears, the girl and her brother, Danny, move in with their grandmother and grandfather, who is the pastor at the Restoration Baptist Church. While dealing with her tumultuous loss, Serenity learns the importance of making wise choices at the same moment her brother begins falling in with the wrong crowd. Starting fresh at a new school holds promising beginnings for Serenity when she makes a new friend and becomes involved with the youth ministry at her grandfather's church. Religion and faith play a large part in their lives. Serenity Evans is a strong African-American character who will resonate with girls who are facing transitions of their own, large or small. Danny's friend's murder near the end of the book creates a disjointed finish to an otherwise well-written novel, but does not detract from the plot development. The overall message of staying true to one's self is strong and reassuring. This debut novel is an excellent choice for libraries serving urban populations, as well as those serving faith-based communiti

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Ólive Jul 22, 2012

After the death of their mother, thirteen-year-old Serenity Evans and her younger brother go to live with their grandparents, who try to keep them safe from bad influences and help them come to terms with what has happened to their family. Includes recipe for red velvet cake

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