Koya DeLaney and the Good Girl Blues

Koya DeLaney and the Good Girl Blues

by Eloise Greenfield
     
 

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How do you act good when you feel bad?

Koya Delaney loves to laugh and make others laugh. But sometimes she hides behind her smile, afraid to reveal other feelings, like anger. When Koya's cousin Del, a famous pop music star, announces he's coming to town to give a concert, Koya is especially happy.

But as the date of Del's concert approaches, a fight erupts

Overview

How do you act good when you feel bad?

Koya Delaney loves to laugh and make others laugh. But sometimes she hides behind her smile, afraid to reveal other feelings, like anger. When Koya's cousin Del, a famous pop music star, announces he's coming to town to give a concert, Koya is especially happy.

But as the date of Del's concert approaches, a fight erupts between Koya's best friend Dawn and her sister Loritha, leaving Koya torn between them. For the first time, Koya finds herself in a situation that cannot be solved with laughter and jokes. And when rude fans threaten to ruin Del's concert, she realizes she must confront her feelings - good and bad.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sisters Koya and Loritha get along very well, though they don't always see eye to eye. Koya never loses her temper and does her best to keep everyone happy. Her sister's propensity for being accomodating doesn't sit well with Loritha when she is double-crossed by Koya's best friend, Dawn. Instead of sticking up for Loritha, Koya continues to be buddies with Dawn so that her feelings won't be hurt. In a rather dramatic, epiphanic moment, Koya realizes that it's okay to be angry sometimes, and finally gives Dawn a piece of her mind. All is forgiven, and the three girls are friends again. Meanwhile, such events as a double-dutch contest and a visit from the DeLaney sisters' cousin, a famous pop singer, keep Greenfield's ( Under the Sunday Tree ; Africa Dream ) plot rolling along at a sprightly clip. Youngsters will warm up immediately to the feisty Koya, a '90s Pollyanna with a witty edge. Ages 8-12. (Mar.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4 - 6-- Koya is a bright, giggly African-American sixth grader who lives with her parents and older sister, Loritha. Loritha and her best friend are members of the double-dutch jump-rope team and are practicing for the championship competition. When a rift develops between the two friends, and during subsequent events, Koya tries to be the peacemaker and ``good girl'' until the role gives her the blues. When she finally screams her displeasure, she realizes that anger is an appropriate and healthy emotion to be expressed rather than subdued. Her relationships with family and friends improve almost immediately. This has a somewhat laborious beginning, but the plot eventually unfolds into an enjoyable story with credible characters and conflicts.-- Helen E. Williams, formerly at University of Maryland, College Park

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590432993
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Pages:
124
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 7.56(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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