DIVerse Families
 
Pieces of Why

Title

Pieces of Why

Authors

K.L. Going

Publisher

Penguin Young Readers Group

Publication Year

2016

ISBN

9780147509864

Pages

240 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Tia lives with her mom in a high-risk neighborhood in New Orleans and loves singing gospel in the Rainbow Choir with Keisha, her boisterous and assertive best friend. Tia's dream is to change the world with her voice; and by all accounts, she might be talented enough. But when a shooting happens in her neighborhood and she learns the truth about the crime that sent her father to prison years ago, Tia finds she can't sing anymore.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Topic

Family Relationships; Single parent; Incarceration; Poverty; single mother; father in prison; children of prisoners; living in poverty; financial hardship; poor

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

single mother / father in prison

Keywords

gospel singers; mothers and daughters; choirs; fathers and daughters; children's choir; tramatic neuroses

Diversity Impact

direct

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