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Why We Fly

Why We Fly

by Kimberly Jones, Gilly Segal


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Best friends and cheerleaders Eleanor and Chanel are inseparable, even as the pressures of senior year threaten to pull them apart. However, when the cheerleading squad decides to take a knee at the school football game, the ramifications of what was supposed to be a showing of solidarity impact them in ways they never expected. This timely story about friendship, race, and privilege is sure to be a conversation starter.

Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable book in the Young Adult category

From the New York Times bestselling authors of I'm Not Dying with You Tonight comes a story about friendship, privilege, sports, and protest.

With a rocky start to senior year, cheerleaders and lifelong best friends Eleanor and Chanel have a lot on their minds. Eleanor is still in physical therapy months after a serious concussion from a failed cheer stunt. Chanel starts making questionable decisions to deal with the mounting pressure of college applications. But they have each other's backs—just as always, until Eleanor's new relationship with star quarterback Three starts a rift between them.

Then, the cheer squad decides to take a knee at the season's first football game, and what seemed like a positive show of solidarity suddenly shines a national spotlight on the team—and becomes the reason for a larger fallout between the girls. As Eleanor and Chanel grapple with the weight of the consequences as well as their own problems, can the girls rely on the friendship they've always shared?

Praise for I'm Not Dying with You Tonight:

A Barnes & Noble Book Club Pick

"Compelling and powerful"—Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give

"A vital addition to the YA race relations canon."—Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin

"Important reading for both teenagers and adults."—Hello Giggles

"Not to be missed."—Paste Magazine

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492678922
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 10/05/2021
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 72,667
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: HL780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

KIMBERLY JONES is the New York Times bestselling author of the NAACP Image Award nominated novel I'm Not Dying with You Tonight. She is the former manager of the bookstore Little Shop of Stories and currently works in the entertainment industry. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

GILLY SEGAL is the New York Times bestselling author of the NAACP Image Award nominated novel I'm Not Dying with You Tonight. She grew up in Florida, attended Hebrew University and Emory School of Law. She is currently the chief legal officer of an advertising agency. Visit gillysegal.com.

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