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Reading Level: 2–3 • Interest Level: 9–12

Kiki in the Middle

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Author: Ann Malaspina
Specs: 5 1/2” x 8 1/4” • 200 pp., Suggestions for further reading, Written in Verse, About the Author Section, High / Low Content
HC ed.: 978-1-9785-9606-1 • $25.80 | $19.40
eBook: 978-1-9785-9608-5 • $25.80 | $19.40
Paperback: 978-1-9785-9607-8 • $16.35 | $14.20
Kiki is a teen artist living with her Greek-American family in Queens. After a man with mental illness is killed by police, protests fill the streets. Kiki’s into art, not activism, and would rather observe from the sidelines than participate, but she reluctantly joins her friends on a march. She is shocked when a protester lifts up a photograph of her brother, Stravros, and one word—#Murderer. Stavros, a police rookie in his first week on the job, says he was just defending himself. But Kiki’s friends, and thousands of protesters, news reporters, and politicians, say he should be in jail. Kiki must decide who to believe, and what to do about it. Even artists can’t stand on the sidelines forever.

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About the Author:
Ann Malaspina is an award-winning author of books for young people. She often writes about social justice and civil rights. Ann has an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. The daughter of a Greek immigrant, she lived in Queens for 10 years while raising her two sons. When not writing, Ann likes to listen to spoken word poetry, visit art museums, and travel. Check out her website at