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Piecing Me Together

by Renee Watson

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Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
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    Feb 2017, 272 pages
    Jun 5, 2018, 320 pages

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The Benefits of Mentorships

Mentor GraphicRenee Watson's excellent Young Adult novel Piecing Me Together follows the life of a high school junior. Jade, who is African American, receives a scholarship to a new, predominantly white school, and finds herself feeling alone. Her guidance counselor approaches her with information about participating in a mentorship program called Women to Women, which targets girls who are seen as being at risk. Jade is initially reluctant to participate; however, after she weighs the opportunities, she realizes that she should take advantage of the program. So, she does. She meets her mentor, Maxine, who is also African American. Maxine is a college graduate, and she's from a prosperous family. With Maxine by her side, Jade sees a side of the world that would've likely been hidden from her for many years.

What constitutes mentoring can have slight variations, but Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership defines it in the following way: "Mentoring, at its core, guarantees ...

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