Harriet Adu knows that her brother's death is her fault. I mean, it's not actually her fault, but it still kinda is, isn't it?
She would do anything to live in a world where she could take back what she said that morning.
Then a strange girl shows up at Harriet's high school - a girl who loves the same weird books Harriet does, who doesn't vibe with anyone at school the same way Harriet does - and that different world suddenly seems possible. The girl speaks of a place underneath the subways of New York, where people like them can go and find a home. A place away from the world of high school, grief, cool people, and depression. A place where one may be able to bend the lines of reality and get a second chance at being a better person.
Will Harriet open the door?
With You're Breaking My Heart , award-winning author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich offers a remarkable speculative novel that will hit home for anyone who yearns for that one chance to do things over.
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich is the author of several children’s books, including Makeda Makes A Birthday Treat, Operation Sisterhood, an IndieNext Pick, It Doesn’t Take A Genius, a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, 8th Grade Superzero (an Amazon Best Book of the Month, a Notable Book for a Global Society by the International Reading Association (IRA), and a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People by the National Council for the Social Studies and CBC) and many more.
She is the editor of the We Need Diverse Books anthology The Hero Next Door, and has contributed to several collections, including We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices (edited by Cheryl and Wade Hudson of Just Us Books), The Journey Is Everything: Teaching Essays That Students Want to Write for People Who Want to Read Them, edited by Katherine Bomer; and Imagine It Better: Visions of What School Might Be, edited by Luke Reynolds.
Olugbemisola has worked extensively in youth development and education, and was twice awarded a public service fellowship by the Echoing Green Foundation for her work on a creative arts and literacy project with adolescent girls. Olugbemisola lives with her family in New York City.
Olugbemisola is a former member of The Brown Bookshelf, a Web site dedicated to amplifying Black and Brown voices in children’s literature, and a former We Need Diverse Books Board member.
[H] Levine Querido / February 06, 2024