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Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth a ListenUp Audio Review #DiversityReadingChallenge

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 Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth

 Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth

I love this book and it’s a shame that more books with kids of color on the cover don’t get the exposure they DESERVE. This title is AWESOME. There are so many things to love about this title. Jarrett’s mother is a foster mother and is constantly bringing abused and neglected children into their home. But when Kevon and his tiny little sister come into their home, things start to change rapidly. J & K are thrown together and are forced to get along.  It’s a rocky relationship but they both learn something.

The startling life of foster kids is presented in a way that readers can understand. Not everyone has a safe home environment and I think readers will be as sensitive to the abuse as Jarrett is and or they might learn to appreciate their own situation. Or maybe even reach out for help if they need it.

Don’t let the two kids of color on the cover dissuade you from picking this title up. It’s for everyone.  Especially great is the audio quality.  I’ll be the first to admit that if I don’t like the reader in an audio book my experience generally tanks. I loved the reader: John Clarence Stewart. He brought charisma and an authenticity to the African American male voice that is missing from kid lit.  I smiled the whole time I was listening to him.

Hey JCS, call me and leave a message. I wanna listen to it alot. alot alot. I like smiling. Smiling’s my favorite.

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I can’t thank ListenUp Audiobooks enough for the chance to share this book with you!

If you’re keeping up with the #DiversityReadingChallenge, this book would fit right in!

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By Pam

My passion is advocating for diversity in children's and YA literature.

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