You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Garner
When Julia decides to cover up a derogatory comment about her best friend, she wants it to mean something. The mural she creates is amazing. Rather than thank her, Jordyn snitches and Julia finds herself expelled from the Kingston School for the Deaf and “mainstreamed” into a suburban school. Now she finds herself the target of Kyle Stoker’s wrath for no apparent reason, watching Jordyn continue to betray her as she goes after the guy Julia likes at work, and watched constantly by her two moms and her new interpreter. The only peace she finds is stealing away to put up a few tags. And even that is taken away when someone starts adding over to her work. And worse, the changes make them look better.
Julia is juggling a lot. She’s a Deaf, Indian, girl tagger with two moms. But she only lets one of those things define her, and it’s her art. Recommended for readers in grades 7 and up who like street art, strong female characters, and books that value diversity.
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