Shark Teeth

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National Book Award longlisted Sherri Winston’s touching novel about a girl trying to keep her family together as she's falling apart.

Sharkita “Kita” Hayes is always waiting.
Waiting for her mama to mess up.
Waiting for social services to be called again.
Waiting for her and her siblings to be separated.
Waiting for her worst fear to come true.

But Mama promises things are different now. She’s got a good job, she’s stopped drinking, stopped going out every night—it’s almost enough to make Kita believe her this time. But she still can’t shake the feeling that everything could go up in flames at any moment. And when her dance coach starts asking questions, Kita is more determined than ever to make sure her family stays together—even if it means falling apart herself. But could it be that Kita’s worst fear is actually the best thing that could happen to her family?

Sherri Winston is the author of National Book Award longlist title Lotus Bloom and the Afro RevolutionPresident of the Whole Fifth Grade (a Sunshine State Young Readers Award selection), President of the Whole Sixth Grade (a Kids’ Indie Next pick), President of the Whole Sixth Grade: Girl CodeThe Sweetest Sound (a Kirkus Best Book of the Year), Jada Sly: Artist & Spy, and The Kayla Chronicles. Before Sherri was an author, she was a longtime newspaper writer and columnist. She grew up in Michigan and now lives with her daughters in Orlando, Florida.

 "A heart-wrenching tale of family disruption, this story is one of adaptation and resilience." —The Horn Book

"Driven by an intelligent and complex protagonist, this courageous story about strength in the face of neglect, and the bravery to demand what is best of one's family and oneself, is potent and powerful." —Publishers Weekly

"A powerful, ultimately uplifting portrait of breaking a toxic cycle and embracing a better future." —Booklist, starred review

"An outstanding depiction of the impact that family stressors can have on a household’s youngest members." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"An inspiring novel in which a girl and her siblings survive a difficult home situation, rediscovering their dreams and self-worth." —Foreword Review

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