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The Shimmershine Queens
     

The Shimmershine Queens

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by Camille Yarbrough
 

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Activist/artist/author Camille Yarbrough tells the story of two best friends learning to find their inner strength through pride for their heritage.

Angie's got a lot of worries. For starters, her dad just moved out and her mom's always sick. Then there's a gang at school that taunts her about her dark skin and kinky hair. At times it feels like the whole

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Activist/artist/author Camille Yarbrough tells the story of two best friends learning to find their inner strength through pride for their heritage.

Angie's got a lot of worries. For starters, her dad just moved out and her mom's always sick. Then there's a gang at school that taunts her about her dark skin and kinky hair. At times it feels like the whole world is crashing down on her. For Angie, daydreaming is her only escape. That is until ninety-year-old Cousin Seatta comes to visit and teaches Angie about a different kind of dreaming . . . the kind slaves used to do to keep their courage up. Cousin Seatta tells Angie how to achieve her dreams by speaking up for herself. And as Angie begins to find her inner strength, she discovers the shimmershine feeling and gains new respect for her African heritage. 

* "A vivid depiction of the troubles facing students in inner-city schools. A brave book."—Booklist, starred review

"This book is a gem."—Essence

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* "A vivid depiction of the troubles facing students in inner-city schools. A brave book."—Booklist, starred review

"This book is a gem."—Essence 

"[A] value-building, timely book, realistic in its presentation of the needs and aspirations of minority youth."—Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When Angie, a 10-year-old black girl, gets the lead in the school play, there are all manner of repercussions. PW called this a "remarkable" and "value-building, timely book, realistic in its presentation of the needs and aspirations of minority youth." Ages 8-12. (June)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8 Shimmershine, according to Angie's elderly cousin, is that good feeling and pride which people have in their racial heritage and physical features. Ten-year-old Angie desperately needs this shimmershine to overcome the taunts from her classmates about her dark complexion and kinky hair, as well as the negative feelings that she has about her parents' separation. With the help of a friend, Angie learns how to be her own person by speaking up for herself and standing her ground against a group of class bullies. Her participation in a special dance and drama class, conducted by a dynamic teacher who instills in her students an appreciation for their African heritage, enables Angie to blossom and finally earn the respect of her taunting classmates. Yarbrough sensitively tackles the issue of color distinctions among blacks. Black dialect is used in dialogue throughout, and Angie's characterization, more so than that of some other characters, is consistent. (The appearance at the very end of Angie's father seems a bit contrived, although very welcome.) The vital part in which an arts program can play in a curriculum as well as in a young person's development is effectively demonstrated. Angie is a dreamer and wants a better life for her family, and perhaps this shimmershine feeling that she gets at the end will enable her to fulfill these dreams. Jeanette Lambert, LaVega School, Waco, Tex.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698113695
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.09(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Camille Yarbrough (camilleyarbrough.com) is an American musician, actress, poet, activist, television producer, and author.

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The Shimmershine Queens 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Angela Peterson is a shy fifth grader who goes through alot, but when she get's the star role in a play, she sets aside her stage fear and becomes a star. I think this is a good book and I really enjoyed it.