Love Double Dutch Kirkus Book Review


Love Double Dutch

Thirteen-year-old African-American Bed-Stuy native and double Dutch fiend MaKayla has one goal this summer: to make it to the National Jump-off at Madison Square Garden.

After her team, the Double Dutch Jets, qualifies for regionals, MaKayla is sure that this will be her chance to win. But her bickering parents dash those hopes when, after another shouting match, they announce that she and her little brother will be spending the rest of the summer in Charlotte, North Carolina, with their aunt and uncle. Not only will MaKayla be separated from her team, she will be living with Sally, her archnemesis and princess cousin. When she arrives, however, she starts to discover that the South is not what she imagined. At Charlotte Sports Day Camp she finds another opportunity to do double Dutch and have a second chance at Madison Square Garden. But between her cousin and two misfit double Dutch novices, she is not sure they can get competition-ready. Plus, Sally’s old teammates on the Bouncing Belles taunt them every chance they get. Spicer-Dannelly’s debut novel is a fun, well-paced read bubbling with energy and charming, diverse characters. MaKayla’s frustrations and tomboy-tough attitude generate the friction necessary to spark interesting conversations on bullying and self-esteem. Although the brief and singular mention of MaKayla’s faith sounds an odd note, it does not hinder the plot.

A sincere story of friendship, camaraderie, and family. (Fiction. 8-12)



About the Author:

Lejoi Reese is a multi-talented, professionally accomplished, self-motivated, passionate designer dedicated to creating objects that promote the harmony of beauty and function. Lejoi is also the co-founder, creative director and head designer for Brave Chick. After attaining a Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, Lejoi rose quickly in the professional industry of design in New York City. By the age of 35, Lejoi obtained the coveted title of Design Director at a $250 million textile company with the duties of designing, merchandising and marketing high-end custom textiles to distribute worldwide. With the invaluable skills gained from manufacturing custom products abroad, Lejoi evolved into creating her own products which include textiles and have broadened to apparel and jewelry. Her captivating and artisanal creations are influenced by the Eastern philosophy of wabi–sabi (imperfect, impermanent and incomplete beauty). Lejoi’s personal mission is to influence every person whom encounters her designs to be compelled to practice introspection with the end result of self-awareness.

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