When You Look Like Us

By Pamela N. Harris

A 2022 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work nominee and a 2022 Edgar Award nominee, this timely, gripping teen novel is about a boy who must take up the search for his sister when she goes missing from a neighborhood where Black girls’ disappearances are too often overlooked, from debut author Pamela Harris. Perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Tiffany D. Jackson.


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When You Look Like Us- brown skin, brown eyes, black braids or fades- everyone else thinks you’re trouble. No one takes a second look at a missing black girl from public housing because she must’ve brought whatever happened to her upon herself. I, Jay Murphy, can admit that, for a minute, I thought my sister, Nicole, got too caught up with her drug-dealer boyfriend and his friends. But she’s been gone too long…

If I hadn’t hung up on her that night, if I was a better brother, she’d be finishing senior year instead of being another name on a missing persons list.

So it’s time to step up, to do what the Newport News police department won’t: Bring her home.

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Weight 11.25 oz
Dimensions 5.5 × 1.25 × 8.25 in