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Why We Fly (Hardcover)
Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable book in the Young Adult category
From the New York Times bestselling authors of I'm Not Dying with You Tonight comes a story about friendship, privilege, sports, and protest.
With a rocky start to senior year, cheerleaders and lifelong best friends Eleanor and Chanel have a lot on their minds. Eleanor is still in physical therapy months after a serious concussion from a failed cheer stunt. Chanel starts making questionable decisions to deal with the mounting pressure of college applications. But they have each other's backs—just as always, until Eleanor's new relationship with star quarterback Three starts a rift between them.
Then, the cheer squad decides to take a knee at the season's first football game, and what seemed like a positive show of solidarity suddenly shines a national spotlight on the team—and becomes the reason for a larger fallout between the girls. As Eleanor and Chanel grapple with the weight of the consequences as well as their own problems, can the girls rely on the friendship they've always shared?
Praise for I'm Not Dying with You Tonight:
A Barnes & Noble Book Club Pick
"Compelling and powerful"—Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give
"A vital addition to the YA race relations canon."—Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin
"Important reading for both teenagers and adults."—Hello Giggles
"Not to be missed."—Paste Magazine
About the Author
KIMBERLY JONES is the New York Times bestselling author of the NAACP Image Award nominated novel I'm Not Dying with You Tonight. She is the former manager of the bookstore Little Shop of Stories and currently works in the entertainment industry. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
GILLY SEGAL is the New York Times bestselling author of the NAACP Image Award nominated novel I'm Not Dying with You Tonight. She grew up in Florida, attended Hebrew University and Emory School of Law. She is currently the chief legal officer of an advertising agency. Visit gillysegal.com.
"Co-authors extraordinaire, Jones and Segal, pen another compelling page-turner set in the world of cheerleading, where tensions rise between friends." — Kim Johnson, author of This is My America, an NPR Best Book of the Year
"Authors Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal tackle the topics of social justice and female friendship with a sharp sincerity that's sure to resonate with readers of all ages. " — Popsugar
"This timely story about friendship, race, and privilege is sure to be a conversation starter." — B&N Blog
"A timely story of friendship and social activism with a ripped from the headlines feel." — Culturess
"It would be a disservice not to include a copy of this book in every high school library." — School Library Connection
"This book will be enjoyed by any reader who appreciates a well-told story, discussion about problems faced by today's teenagers, and race issues relevant not only to the United States, but the world. Highly recommended." — New York Journal of Books
"Timely... Inspired by recent events, this novel will spark dialogue about race, class, privilege, and performative activism." — Kirkus Reviews