Year 13, Book 64

64. Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

This book is aimed at middle-grade children and revolves around six kids who are put together for a weekly chat to be able to open up and share their deepest fears with each other from the fear of one’s family being deported, racial profiling, parental imprisonment, and changing family fortunes. I get what Woodson is trying to do with this book but it felt super heavy handed to me. Maybe some kids will read this book and identify with one of the characters and know they are not alone, which would be great but to me it felt like reading an after school special. I give it a 5 out of 10.

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