“Calling My Name is a treasure.”—Nic Stone, New York Times–bestselling author of Dear Martin
Calling My Name is a striking, luminous, and literary exploration of family, spirituality, and self—ideal for readers of Jacqueline Woodson, Jandy Nelson, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Sandra Cisneros.
This unforgettable novel tells a universal coming-of-age story about Taja Brown, a young African American girl growing up in Houston, Texas, and deftly and beautifully explores the universal struggles of growing up, battling family expectations, discovering a sense of self, and finding a unique voice and purpose.
Told in fifty-three short, episodic, moving, and iridescent chapters, Calling My Name follows Taja on her journey from middle school to high school. Literary and noteworthy, this is a beauty of a novel that captures the multifaceted struggle of finding where you belong and why you matter.
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Liara Tamani lives in Houston, Texas. She holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College. She is the author of the acclaimed Calling My Name, which was a 2018 PEN America Literary Award Finalist and a 2018 SCBWI Golden Kite Finalist, and All the Things We Never Knew. www.liaratamani.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It’s a cool reading, you can kind of get lost in the read. Some parts come off as confusing as well.
Quiet, lyrical, beautiful. This book follows Taja as she grows from middle school up through high school and is told through these vivid, slice of life vignettes. It's really unusual in that it deals with more with the internal world and daily life of Taja as she grows up, rather than following a more traditional narrative arc. The book tackles themes of faith, desire, family, identity, and choice with lush, gorgeous prose and perfect attention to character. I loved this.