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Where You Belong by Mary Ann McGuigan

Where You Belong

by Mary Ann McGuigan

158 pages
An interracial friendship in the Bronx in 1963 brings hope.

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About the Book
It’s October 11, 1963, in the Bronx, New York. Thirteen-year-old Fiona, her mother, and three siblings have just been evicted from their apartment. Now the family must move in with Aunt Maggie and her six kids. Better to go to Daddy’s place, Fiona’s brother tells her. Better to risk getting beaten than to go someplace you don’t belong.

The beating does come, and Fiona runs away in terror. Alone, hungry, with no choices left, she wanders into the black neighborhood—a place her Irish-American parents talk about with scorn.

Coming here, though, reunites Fiona with an old classmate, Yolanda. They were never able to be real friends at school—a friendship between a black girl and a white girl was rare in the Bronx. But today is going to be different. Two girls who don’t feel they belong anywhere will find a special place to belong—with each other. Can their friendship survive? Together they learn that beyond the bigotry and chaos that adults leave behind lie reasons for hope, and the streets of the Bronx offer a path for a powerful journey of self-discovery.



About the Author
Mary Ann McGuigan Mary Ann McGuigan’s novels have received awards from the National Book Foundation, the Junior Library Guild, the New York Public Library, and the Paterson Prize. Her short fiction appears in literary journals. A graduate of St. Peter’s College, McGuigan is a freelance editor for both fiction and nonfiction.



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