Mirror Girls
by McWilliams, Kelly

Reunited with her twin sister, who passes for white in the racially divided town of Eureka, Georgia, Charlie needs her help to put the hauntings of the past to rest and break their family's dangerous curse. 30,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Kelly is a mixed-race writer. Agnes at the End of the World was a finalist for the Golden Kite Award, and Mirror Girls is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection and Target Book Club Pick. She's written for Time, Bustle, and Publisher's Weekly among other outlets. She lives in Seattle with her family.

McWilliams' latest novel is a moving story about sisterhood and perseverance in the face of a society that tells Black girls they are worthless. In 1953, Charlie escorts her dying grandmother from New York City to Eureka, Georgia, where the elderly woman has requested to be buried. As a native New Yorker, Charlie is unprepared for the rampant racism in 1950s Georgia. Nor did she expect to be introduced to her white-passing twin sister, Magnolia, who grew up believing she was a white Southern belle. When the two meet, they learn about the tragic end their parents met and a curse that could be the death of Magnolia, and they have a chance to stand up to white supremacy in the South. With its strong family overtones, Mirror Girls will resonate with fans of character-driven stories, and it paints a vivid picture of the pervasive, ugly history of slavery in the U.S. McWilliams' historical novel easily weaves magic and curses into 1950s America in a powerful read asserting that Black girls can find happiness in a world that belittles them. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

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