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This Side of Home by Renee Watson
 

Book Summary

As the neighborhood begins to change from crime-ridden to hipster, twin high school students have different approaches to the changes. Maya is proud of the history in her neighborhood, while Nikki embraces the changes and the new people moving in.
 
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This Side of Home

Book Review

This is a thoughtful presentation about gentrification and identity, and navigating race relationships as a person of color in the U.S. Maya reflects about issues ranging from school and community politics to college choices to friendships and dating.

Topics and Themes for this book:

 
  • Intolerance; Prejudice
  • Speaking Out Against Injustice
  • Opening Minds; Changing Perspectives
  • Finding Your Voice
 
  • Neighborhood Gentrification
  • Peer and Community Relationships
  • Family Relationships
  • Interracial Dating
  • College Planning

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.


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