Title: Two Naomis
Authors: Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich & Audrey Vernick
Page Count: 204
OTHER THAN THEIR FIRST NAMES, Naomi Marie and Naomi Edith are sure they have nothing in common-and they wouldn't mind keeping it that way.
Naomi Marie starts clubs at the library and adores being a big sister. Naomi Edith loves quiet Saturdays and hanging with her best friend in her backyard. And while Naomi Marie's father lives a few blocks away, Naomi Edith wonders how she's supposed to get through each day a whole country apart from her mother.
When Naomi Marie's mom and Naomi Edith's dad get serious about dating, each girl tries to cling to the life she knows and loves. Then their parents push them into attending a class together, where they might just have to find a way to work with each other-and maybe join forces to find new ways to define family.
"Rhuday-Perkovich and Vernick hit all the right sister notes with hilarity and heart. Hopefully we have not heard the last of these two Naomis." -RITA WILLIAMS GARCIA, Newberry Honor author of One Crazy Summer
"This book won my heart its laughter, love, and achingly beautiful longing. Rhuday-Perkovich and Vernick are masters of All The Feels." -TRACEY BAPTISTE, author of The Jumbies, a School Library Journal selection
"I could describe this book as suffused with empathy, intensely vulnerable, fall-out-of-your-chair funny, and much more, but instead I'll just describe what it's like to read it, which I can do with one word: joy. To read Two Naomis is to experience joy. -MIKE JUNG, author of Unidentified Suburban Object
"A gem of a novel about forging friendships and families, Two Naomis absolutely sparkles with humor and heart. Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick have crafted a vibant, richly drawn story about two girls forced to face family-changing challenges together. Filled with good intentions and messy emotions, they show readers what it means to try and fail and forgive. I loved the Naomis so much!" -KATE MESSNER, author of All the Answers and The Seventh Wish
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The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
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Okay. So, I met Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, and again, she is really nice. She tolerated my crazy excitement, and signed a book for me and everything. Thought I should say that. You know what, I'll just do a post summarizing my visit to the Maplewood Book Festival. Kay? Anyway. Two Naomis. Two Naomis was so funny, heartwarming, entertaining... And, something I look for when I see a book has two authors, I look to see if I can see obvious spots where the writing style switches. Not because I'm a jerk, because I'm a writer as well and I acknowledge how hard it is to work with other people when you're writing without completely changing the writing style. Rhuday-Perkovich and Vernick did that very well. It was very smooth, like it was written by a single author. The storyline was very nice, I loved it.
The Bottom Line: Smooth, heartwarming novel.