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Grown: The Black Girls’ Guide to Growing Up

Being a teenager and trying to understand who you are and what you stand for is hard. Period. But if you’re a Black girl and don’t always see yourself represented in the books you read, the films you watch, the adverts you see or the history you’re taught, it can be even tougher.

With a foreword from the inimitable Spice Girl Melanie Brown and contributions from inspirational Black women such as Diane Abbott MP, Dorothy Koomson and Candice Carty-Williams and illustrations from Dorcas Magbadelo, Grown is a celebration of Black British girlhood that will empower teens everywhere.

From understanding identity to the politics of hair to maintaining squad goals to dealing with microaggressions to consent to figuring out what career you might want, Grown has got your back. Natalie A. Carter and Melissa Cummings-Quarry, founders of Black Girls’ Book Club, share stories – the wins and the Ls – and offer honest, practical advice that will show you how to own your choices. To live your truth without fear. To be grown on your own terms without limits or apologies.

Grown. It’s a mood. It’s a mindset. It’s a mantra. It’s a lifestyle. It embodies everything that makes us who we are.

Praise for Grown

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‘Thank you for being the baddest in the literary game, knowing and loving us Black girls’ Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie

‘Such a loving and warm guide and ode to black girls, I am so happy the younger generation have this in their lives’ BoluBabalola, author of Love in Colour

Grown: The Black Girl’s Guide to Growing Up by Natalie A. Carter and Melissa Cummings-Quarry is published by Bloomsbury (£12.99) Available at all good bookshops. Order your copy on online from Amazon, Bookshop.org, Foyles, Waterstones

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