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The Borneo Post - Good English - - Short Story Section - By Jac­que­line Wood­son

Jac­que­line Wood­son’s first mid­dle-grade novel since Na­tional Book Award win­ner Brown Girl Dream­ing cel­e­brates the heal­ing that can oc­cur when a group of stu­dents share their sto­ries.

It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat—by them­selves, with no adults to lis­ten in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for “A Room to Talk”), they dis­cover it’s safe to talk about what’s both­er­ing them—ev­ery­thing from Este­ban’s fa­ther’s de­por­ta­tion and Ha­ley’s fa­ther’s in­car­cer­a­tion to Amari’s fears of racial pro­fil­ing and ...

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