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ISN’T BEING HUMAN ENOUGH?
When teen social activist and history buff Kezi Smith is killed under mysterious circumstances after attending a social justice rally, her devastated sister Happi and their family are left reeling in the aftermath. As Kezi becomes another immortalized victim in the fight against police brutality, Happi begins to question the idealized way her sister is remembered. Perfect. Angelic.
One of the good ones.
Even as the phrase rings wrong in her mind—why are only certain people deemed worthy to be missed?—Happi and her sister Genny embark on a journey to honor Kezi in their own way, using an heirloom copy of The Negro Motorist Green Book as their guide. But there’s a twist to Kezi’s story that no one could’ve ever expected—one that will change everything all over again.
“…Brilliant storytelling, sharp dialogue… An explosive look behind the hashtags at race and history, taking readers on a road trip mapped by love and grief. Close to perfection.”
—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
"A thrilling read for fans of historical and realistic fiction. A great title for public and school libraries."
—School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
“A thrilling and thrillingly intricate, genre-bending blend of mystery, road-trip, and coming of age novel. One of the Good Ones investigates intergenerational racial trauma through the eyes of three very different sisters while it testifies to the power of love and hope in spite of such trauma. Astonishing!”
— Laura Ruby, two-time National Book Award finalist and author of Bone Gap
“Maika and Maritza are conjurers, unearthing strange and sublime ways to tell a story that's both America's oldest and today's newest. One of the Good Ones is magic.”
—Damon Young, author of What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker
“One of the Good Ones is more than a spectacular thriller — it’s also a compass, seeping into your soul and helping you redefine your true north. Impactful, insightful, and perfectly timed. Get ready. Maika and Maritza Moulite are the real deal.”
—Brad Meltzer, bestselling author of The Escape Artist