Going from childhood to adolescence is a trip.
Set in Baltimore during the mid-to-late '70s, Kizmic's Journey tells the humorous, warm-hearted story of Kizmic Waters, a tough, fun-loving tomboy who does not want to grow up. From sunup 'til the streetlights come on, Kizmic spends her days hanging out in her Charm City neighborhood, going from one adventure to another, living a childhood Peter Pan would envy. Then one morning, puberty sneaks up on her like the Grim Reaper. Not a girl to simply lie down and give up the ghost, Kizmic embarks on a sentimental journey to live out the end of her childhood on her terms.
Written in the tradition of Paule Marshall's Brown Girl, Brownstones, Judy Blume's Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, and Jamaica Kincaids's Annie John, Kizmic's Journey explores the struggles inherent in that strangely wonderful yet confusing, lonely, terrifying, and painful transition from childhood to adolescence. As touching as Spike Lee's Crooklyn, bestselling author Odessa Rose delivers a classic coming-of-age tale that takes us back to the days when the lively shouts of kids playing outdoors filled the air, Thunderbirds and punch buggies cruised through the streets, Huskies and German Shepherds were man's best friend, and neighbors looked out for one another.