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This Side of Home

We all want to see our communities flourish. With Oregon’s growth and change in population, the impacts of development can seem like improvement to some residents yet negatively affect others. This piece of young adult fiction by award-winning Oregon author, Renée Watson, tells the story of twin sisters navigating such circumstances in their neighborhood. Maya and Nikki used to agree on almost everything but find themselves disagreeing about the path to progress for their community. One sister is deeply passionate about her community and its history. The other champions all that is new and changing. Watson masterfully allows the reader to experience the conflict through her writing and come to their own conclusions.

Author: Renée Watson
Year of Publishing: 2017
Number of Pages: 352

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  1. merrill0360 (verified owner)

    Powerful! Incredible writing. Renee Watson’s descriptive style drew me in. Definitely a relevant read!

  2. Ashley Flowers (verified owner)

    Very inspirational. Touching, full of love

  3. mwalker15 (verified owner)

    Very timeless novel about a high school senior navigating race, partnerships, friendships and leadership. Great read for middle-high!

  4. Blibertad (verified owner)

    Compelling YA read.

  5. nunnj (verified owner)

    Very beautifully written. Drew me in and made me relate and feel so much compassion for her as she navigated through the challenges and joy of life!

  6. staceyw (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this book and the views on change as related to race relations and how the characters, even thought twins, feel differently than the other.

  7. Vanessa (verified owner)

    The morning I received this book, I opened it and started reading it immediately. I didn’t put it down again until I finished the book. Yes, it was that good. The author’s style of writing draws you in. It’s a fantastic book to read that makes you think about things and brings awareness and consciousness to topics. “This Side of Home” is an emotionally powerful story.

  8. Andrea Smith (verified owner)

    A well written story about teens facing real concerns in their lives and the society around them. Lovely touches of Portland and Oregon history woven throughout.

  9. wdonielson (verified owner)

    A very powerful, well-written book. Touching!

  10. Reneekujala (verified owner)

    Another enjoyable read by Renee Watson. All of her books are on times topics and thoughtfully written.

  11. JoAnna Lamb (verified owner)

    Incredibly well written book. I.may be biased because when I was a teen, Portland was my playground. I recognize everything mentioned.
    Past that though, the social issues of today’s world are all addressed. No, they aren’t resolved, just as in real life they don’t get resolved either. It is nice to have a view into all sides of the issues though.
    Overall, very well written.

  12. kathyanng (verified owner)

    Touching! really makes you dig deep on if our beliefs are a product of our environment, or woven into us.

  13. Faith (verified owner)

    Great book and very well written!

  14. Kasyda (verified owner)

    The author took me convincingly into Maya’s life as a black high school student in Portland. I cannot wait to share this book with my now 9 yo granddaughter when she is a few years older.

  15. ashleyjohnsonbend (verified owner)

    What a beautiful story to highlight resilience and the power of internal strength.

  16. vireogirl (verified owner)

    YA-level writing but it drew me in eventually. Grappled with some real life problems.

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