Serena Says by Tanita S. Davis

Serena Says

JC shines like a 4th of July sparkler. She has the best ideas, the biggest, funniest laugh, and the party starts when she arrives. Serena St. John is proud to be known as her best friend.

Everything changes when JC returns from the hospital with a new kidney—and a new best friend. Out of the spotlight of JC’s friendship, suddenly things aren’t quite so sparkly in Serena’s world.

Lonely Serena works on perfecting her vlogs, hoping to earn a shot at becoming a classroom reporter. If she can be smart and funny on video, why can’t she manage that in real life? If only she could always pause, edit, or delete conversations. It would be so much easier to say the right thing at the right time . . . instead of not saying what she should, or, even worse, blurting out a secret that wasn’t hers to share.

Life doesn’t have a pause button—but as Serena discovers her voice through vlogging, she learns that she’s not just there to reflect JC’s light—she’s fully capable of shining on her own.

"A delightful multicultural narrative that spotlights friendship and self-awareness. (Fiction. 8-12)" - Kirkus Starred Review

"Davis capably touches on matters of chronic illness, mental health, and friendship growing pains in this quiet but impactful slice-of-life novel." - Publishers' Weekly

School Library Journal: "a sensitive, imaginative heroine navigating the turmoils of middle school."

Amazon Editors' Pick: Best Book of the Month for ages 9-12

Winter 2020-2021 Kids' Indie Next List "Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers"