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Off-Color

Janet McDonald

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Spunky and headstrong, Cameron blasts music, challenges adults, and cuts class when she feels like it. She lives with her single mom in Brooklyn and hangs out with best friends Amanda, P, and Crystal. Life in their working-class neighborhood is pretty cool until Cameron's mother suddenly loses her job and can no longer afford the rent. Move to public housing? YG2BK! But no one's kidding, and Cameron finds herself living in the projects. Can a white girl from across town hope to be accepted by the black girls in the projects? A revelation from the past forces Cameron to confront a startling truth that just might put things in perspective . . . that is, if Cameron can handle it.
 
Hilarious, surprising, and defiantly candid, Off-Color is a thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining new novel from Janet McDonald. Hip and wise, the author grabs the readers and doesn't let go.

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Off-Color
oneThe girl in the mirror shook her tangled dark curls and wiggled her narrow hips, lip-synching into a hairbrush. "Isn't anyone trying to fiiind meee?" she mouthed, grimacing with passion. She tossed aside the improvised microphone to free her hands for a guitar solo. Sweat stained the armpits of her black "Enter at Your Own Risk" T-shirt. Her fingers danced wildly along the imaginary neck of an air guitar. Another sound caught her attention. She stopped for a moment and listened. Her mother's voice. Bummer. Why'd her mom have to hound her every single morning of every single school
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Praise for Off-Color

“McDonald dramatizes the big issues from the inside, showing the hard times and the joy in fast-talking dialogue that is honest, insulting, angry, and very funny.”—Starred, Booklist
 
"McDonald weaves in a variety of sources, from Othello to modern celebrities like Mariah Carey, as Cameron launches into a series of unusually believable discussions about race...[that] will surely get readers thinking as well."
—Publishers Weekly
 
"Readers will enjoy Cameron's attitudem which, despite her roller-coaster moments of anger and sadness, is relentlessly upbeat as she explores what it means to be black—and white." —The Chicago Tribune
 
"Issue-driven but spirited." —Kirkus Reviews
 
"Paints a realistic portrait of inner-city urban life but is neither sexually explicit nor full of profanity."—VOYA

“[Off-Color] shows the courage biracial kids have to have to be themselves.” —A YALSA YA Galley Teen Reader

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Janet McDonald

  • Janet McDonald (1953-2007) is the author of the adult memoir Project Girl. She is the author of three books set in the Brooklyn projects: Chill Wind, for which she received the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent; Spellbound, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Twists and Turns, an ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and lived in Paris, France.
  • Janet McDonald Copyright Gwen Wock
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Off-Color

Janet McDonald

NYPL Books for the Teen Age
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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