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Danilo Was Here

January 3, 2025 from HarperCollins

SincerelySicily- Tamika Burgess

Sicily Jordan’s worst nightmare has come true! She’s been enrolled in a new school, with zero of her friends and stuck wearing a fashion catastrophe of a uniform. But however bad Sicily thought sixth grade was going to be, it only gets worse when she does her class presentation.


While all her classmates breezed through theirs, Sicily is bombarded with questions on how she can be both Black and Panamanian. She wants people to understand, but it doesn’t feel like anyone is ready to listen—first at school and then at home. Because when her abuela starts talking mess about her braids, Sicily’s the only one whose heart is being crumpled for a second time.


Staying quiet may no longer be an option, but that doesn’t mean Sicily has the words to show the world just what it means to be a proud Black Panamanian either. Even though she hasn’t written in her journal since her abuelo passed, it’s time to pick up her pen again—but will it be enough to prove to herself and everyone else exactly who she is?


"Prejudice can show up anywhere; this smart, rich novel deserves to be read everywhere."

“Timely and refreshing, Burgess’s vulnerably rendered debut empathetically tackles colorism

and highlights the courage it takes to confront the hurtful words of strangers and loved ones alike.”

–Publishers Weekly⭐

"Brimming with Afro-Latina magic, Sincerely Sicily is a stunning debut from Tamika Burgess!"
Tami Charles, New York Times Bestselling Author of All Because You Matter and Like Vanessa 

"Readers will be fascinated as they accompany Sicily on her journey to understand Black Panamanian history. The more Sicily learns about her ancestors and their struggles and strengths, the more her pride and self-confidence grow. "

Hilda Eunice Burgos, author of Ana María Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle and Miosotis Flores Never Forgets



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