The Black Girls Left Standing
Author: Juliana Goodman
In Juliana Goodman's powerful young adult debut The Black Girls Left Standing, Beau Willet will stop at nothing to clear her sister's name.
Sixteen-year-old Beau Willet has dreams of being an artist and one day leaving the Chicago projects she’s grown up in. But after her older sister, Katia, is killed by an off-duty police officer, Beau knows she has to clear her sister’s name by finding the only witness to the murder; Katia’s no-good boyfriend, Jordan, who has gone missing. If she doesn't find him and tell the world what really happened, Katia's death will be ignored, like the deaths of so many other Black women who are wrongfully killed.
With the help of her friend, Sonnet, Beau sets up a Twitter account to gather anonymous tips. But the more that Beau finds out about her sister's death, the more danger she finds herself in. And with a new relationship developing with her childhood friend, Champion, and the struggle to keep her family together, Beau is soon in way over her head. How much is she willing to risk to clear her sister's name and make sure she's not forgotten?
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"Juliana Goodman's debut is bold, thrilling. Filled with heart, honesty, and hope, The Black Girls Left Standing reminds readers that, yes, Black girls matter."
-Pamela N. Harris, author of When You Look Like Us
"The explosive ending will leave readers with a lot to chew on. An immersive novel about trying to live in two worlds at once." -Booklist
"Fans of Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give will find this a compelling read-alike."
-Horn Book Magazine
"Intense and emotional." -Paste Magazine