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Sellout - Ebony Joy Wilkins

Citation: Wilkins, E. (2010). Sell-out. New York: Scholastic Press.


Annotation: Being nearly the only African American in her suburban school doesn't bother NaTasha, but it sure bothers Tilly, her spitfire grandmother from Harlem. When Tilly decides NaTasha needs to get back to her roots, NaTasha is thrown into a world where everything is unfamiliar and a little frightening.

While Tilly and NaTasha volunteer at Amber's Place, a crisis center in the Bronx to help troubled girls straighten out their lives, NaTasha discovers that these rough, self-assured girls aren't the only ones struggling to find the right path. Even though the girls at Amber's Place wield their secrets like knives and despise NaTasha for her privileged life, NaTasha stands her ground. What she discovers as the summer unfolds surprises everyone — especially her.


Author's Information: Sellout is not the worst name Ebony Wilkins heard in middle school, but the word did inspire her first novel for young adults. She spent her teenage years exploring words, her college years reporting words, and later years earning an MFA in writing for children from New School University.

Ebony teaches on the upper west side of Manhattan. In her free time she enjoys reading, visiting family, and playing board games. She lives in New York City.



Interest Level: Grade 7-9

Lexile Measure: 720L

Genre: Teen Fiction