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One of the Good Ones (Hardcover)

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"After activist and YouTube star Kezi Smith is killed in police custody after a social justice rally, her sisters and best friends decide to honor her memory by taking a road trip through the south that Kezi herself had planned--using The Negro Motorist Green Book to make stops that intersect with the history of her own family.  The Moulite Sisters offer a breathtakingly wide lens as they interrogate what it means to be Black and labeled "one of the good ones" (and what it means if you're not) in this searing and unpredictably complex examination of racism, power, sisterhood, and fame. 

There's also a lot more to this twisty tale than meets the eye,  but to say more would spoil the experience of discovering that for yourself..."

— Meghan G.

Winter 2020 Kids Indie Next List

“Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite have done it again, and more, with their sophomore novel, One of the Good Ones. This book kept me up into the early morning hours, furiously flipping pages, needing to know where things would end up for the Smith sisters. The story takes you on a real journey, jumping through history and back again, dissecting race relations in America with an unflinching eye; it is beautifully written, heartbreaking, and disturbing, yet ultimately hopeful. I can’t recommend it enough.”
— Cristina Russell, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL


"One of the Good Ones is magic." --Damon Young, author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

A shockingly powerful exploration of the lasting impact of prejudice and the indomitable spirit of sisterhood that will have readers questioning what it truly means to be an ally, from sister-writer duo Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite, authors of Dear Haiti, Love Alaine.


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.

"Astonishing " --Laura Ruby, two-time National Book Award finalist and author of Bone Gap
"Brilliant" --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Thrilling" --SLJ, starred review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781335145802
ISBN-10: 133514580X
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Publication Date: January 5th, 2021
Pages: 352
Language: English