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Black Girl Unlimited

The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard
De : Echo Brown
Lu par : Echo Brown
Durée : 8 h et 29 min
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This program is read by the author.

"Just brilliant." (Kirkus Reviews)

Heavily autobiographical and infused with magical realism, Black Girl Unlimited fearlessly explores the intersections of poverty, sexual violence, depression, racism, and sexism - all through the arc of a transcendent coming-of-age story for fans of Renee Watson's Piecing Me Together and Ibi Zoboi's American Street.

Echo Brown is a wizard from the East Side, where apartments are small and parents suffer addictions to the white rocks. Yet there is magic...everywhere. New portals begin to open when Echo transfers to the rich school on the West Side, and an insightful teacher becomes a pivotal mentor.

Each day, Echo travels between two worlds, leaving her brothers, her friends, and a piece of herself behind on the East Side. There are dangers to leaving behind the place that made you. Echo soon realizes there is pain flowing through everyone around her, and a black veil of depression threatens to undo everything she’s worked for.

Christy Ottaviano Books

A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company

©2020 Echo Brown (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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  • Irma
  • 20/01/2020

Wonderful Story, Beautifully Read

I first got a glimpse into Echo Brown’s life when I saw her one-woman show – Black Virgins Are Not for Hipsters – which enjoyed a long and successful run in the San Francisco Bay Area. I saw her show at least four times, organizing groups of friends, happy to introduce this gifted storyteller to others. In an hour she invited us into a life that was as challenging as it was filled with love for her family and the community that raised her. And we cheer for all of Echo's triumphs, which are many. Black Girl Unlimited is a great listen (beautifully read by the author, well worth all eight and a half hours) and is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. The book has all the elements of great storytelling with finely drawn situations and characters. Take her kindergarten classroom in East Cleveland. “School is no ordinary place, it is an extraordinary place for extraordinary little boys and girls . . . We begin each morning by twirling on the magic carpet. It’s old and falling apart like the rest of our school, but Mrs. Jackson-Randolph says we shouldn’t focus on the negatives; we should search for the positives in every situation so we don’t become bitter and discouraged. When the ceiling tiles leak during a big storm, or our toys fall apart, or a mouse darts across the classroom, Mrs. Jackson-Randolph shouts, “but look how much of the ceiling isn’t leaking! Look how many toys we still have! We are blessed and bountiful.” We shriek with glee. We clap. She is right, we still have so much. I know that even more is on the way thanks to the wishes we make while twirling on the magic carpet.” Wow. Poverty, racism, violence, misogyny rob so many children of the bright futures they should have. We see Echo’s parents, brothers, classmates, teachers, and neighbors in their full humanity. The book is infused with love for all these characters including her mother, whose own life story is filled with hardship and tragedy. We see all sides of her. Echo learns early on that danger lurks - her mother’s words, “this ain’t no place for a gil chile. Lawd, I prays fo da day when someone helps da lil girl chiles of dis wold’, ‘specially da black ones.” It breaks my hear when her mother puts Echo and her brothers in danger as a result of her drug addiction. She loves and admires her mother who is a wizard who can make something out of nothing. “Reading time is my favorite. I can’t read yet but I love listening to the adventures of all the characters in the stories. Plus, reading time is the only time my mother softens. Her voice and eyes grow warm, and she kisses us on the forehead after each story. I secretly wish reading time will never end.” You get all this in the first few minutes of the book. Loved it so much, I bought the hard copy as well, which I’ll be donating to my local library, after other family members read it. Do yourself a favor, listen to this, and buy a copy to pass on to someone else.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15/09/2020

Amazing

This book had me on edge from start to finish. I really enjoyed the story and the empowerment of black women in this book in myself being a black woman it’s always interesting to me to know that I’m not alone and there’s other women out here that have been through some of the same things that I have been through in it doesn’t define them

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  • Kenice
  • 30/07/2020

I love it

I love this book it everything. This book features a teenager of color and how she navigates life and deals with some of the challenges she had no choice or say in. It is beautifully written and relatable.

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  • Carrie Mae
  • 23/07/2020

Would love to see a movie version

I was pleasantly surprised, didn't expect it to be so relatable. I Want to read more books from Echo. Loved how she portrayed the inner city life, which made it relatable to me. Great read /listen!

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  • 25/06/2020

Incredible.

Echo Brown is a modern Maya Angelou. This book is a fictionalized—but still deeply personal—memoir. Brown hops between timelines mid-scene to draw powerful parallels between multiple experiences. Her use of magic realism took my breath away; she uses it to paint a stunning picture of the kind of resilience required to survive poverty, rape, racism, and addiction-related neglect in America. The author does a wonderful job reading and acting out her own story. When she cried during the acknowledgements, that got me. <3