The Black Girls Left Standing
Sixteen-year-old Beau Willet has dreams of being an artist and one day leaving the Chicago projects she’s grown up in. But after her older sister, Katia, is killed by an off-duty police officer, Beau knows she has to clear her sister’s name by finding the only witness to the murder; Katia’s no-good boyfriend, Jordan, who has gone missing.
Publisher: Macmillan / Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: June 28, 2022
"Juliana Goodman's debut is bold, thrilling. Filled with heart, honesty, and hope, The Black Girls Left Standing reminds readers that, yes, Black girls matter."
--Pamela N. Harris, author of When You Look Like Us
"The explosive ending will leave readers with a lot to chew on. An immersive novel about trying to live in two worlds at once." -Booklist
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Juliana Goodman was born and raised in Blue Island, Illinois. She received her B.A. in English Literature from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois in 2014 and her MFA in Fiction Writing in 2017 from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Juliana has received several awards and scholarships for her writing and was a 2014 Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award Finalist. She’s had work published in Sigma Tau Delta’s Rectangle, Blackberry: a Magazine and Fiyah Literary Magazine. Juliana is currently a literary arts fellow with the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. In her free time, she enjoys watching horror films, reading the latest young adult novels and hanging out with her cat, Pickle.
Tags: YA, Contemporary, BIPOC