Koya DeLaney and the Good Girl Blues

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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 between Koya's best friend Dawn and her sister Loritha, leaving Koya torn between them....

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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.

Koya Delaney, an eleven-year-old African-American girl, has trouble expressing anger, until her cousin, a popular male singer, comes to town.

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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
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606077668
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/1995
  • Format: Library Binding

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2008

    why did i read this book?

    I read this book because it is a good book. the cover is nice. and it has great characters. I LOVE THIS BOOK IT IS MY FAV NOW!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2001

    the greatest book ever koya delaney

    I think that the book is a really good book but I didn't like the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2001

    Koya Delany and the Good Girls Blues

    Koya Delany is a very dissapointing book. The book went very slow. I would recommend this book to someone who is bored and has nothing else to do. Koya Delany was really just a book about friendship and jealousy. This book was also very emotional.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2001

    koya delaney and the good blues

    koya delaney is a good book i think a lot of people should read this emotionl frenidship book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2001

    What I think about Koya Delaney and the Good Girl Blues!

    I think koya delaney and the good girl blues was a good book but, it was kind of boring.My favorite part of the book was when they resolved their problem bettweeen each other.I think that you should read this book because it is very humourous and at some parts can be very sad.this book was mainly about friendship.So if you read this book you might like it .Hey that's up to you!by donita moore of margaret spellacy middle school.

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