Posted in 2015-2016 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Pieces of Why, by K. L. Going

Summary: Twelve-year-old Tia lives in a white slum in New Orleans with her mother, and her whole world revolves around singing in the gospel choir with her best friend, Keisha–but when practice is interrupted by a shooting outside the church, and a baby is killed, Tia finds that she cannot sing, and she is forced to confront her feelings about her incarcerated father who killed a girl in a failed robbery years before.

Kathy Dawson Books


One thought on “Pieces of Why, by K. L. Going

  1. Pieces of Why is a touching story about a girl living in a bad part of town with her mother. Their lives are shadowed by the fact that Tia’s father is in prison for murder and people judge them for his actions. When a shooting occurs in her neighborhood and a baby dies, Tia decides to find answers to all of her questions. I would recommend this book to 4th and 5th graders for an enjoyable read.

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