Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 24th 2017
Genres: Alternative Family, Family, Orphans & Foster Homes, Social Themes, Violence, Young Adult Fiction
Orange Is the New Black meets Walter Dean Myer’s Monster in this gritty, twisty, and haunting debut by Tiffany D. Jackson about a girl convicted of murder seeking the truth while surviving life in a group home.Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: a white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary’s fate now lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But does anyone know the real Mary?
Mary allegedly killed a baby when she was only nine years old. But did she commit the act or was it someone else? Following her life within a group home and struggles with other the girls, Mary strives to create a future for herself despite the bleak uncertainty. Full of drama, suspense, and the all too realness of the judicial system, Allegedly is a fastpaced page-turner meant for more than just entertainment but also for discussion.
My expectations were blown away by Allegedly. The story went in a totally different direction from what I thought was going to happen, and it was—wow. It’s certainly a story that you’ll have to think about even after finishing the last page to fit the pieces into the puzzle. Allegedly is a prime example of great storytelling, I could not say more than that (actually I could say I’d like to read a sequel or something of that nature).
So read it.