All Sorts of Family Issues, and An Infusion of Black History

A quick-fire, bullet-point review of the lovely MG novel Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson

Cee Arr
2 min readMay 17, 2022


‘Some Places More Than Others’ with a paved-ground background
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☀️ Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson is a sweet Middle Grade novel.

☀️ Amara is a young Black girl from Oregon who has never met her father’s New York family; now, she’s finally allowed to go to Harlem with him.

☀️ It’s a simple, beautifully written, story.

☀️ It manages to add in all sorts of family issues, as well as a lovely infusion of Black history along the way, without becoming overly heavy.

☀️ It’s also #OwnVoices for Black American representation.

☀️ There were a couple of missed opportunities here to address an issue, and not leave a plot thread hanging: namely the discussion of natural hair, and the dispute over traditional gender roles.

☀️ All in all, Some Places More Than Others is cute, well-written, and just plain lovely!

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Cee Arr

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