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One Book Baltimore is a collaboration among several local organizations to provide opportunities for Baltimore City 7th and 8th graders, their families, and community members to connect through literature by reading the same book. Discussions and programming will be held across the city this fall to spark conversations focused on peace and how to promote change in our community.

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The 2021 One Book Baltimore selection is Becoming Beatriz

author Tami Charles

Becoming Beatriz author Tami Charles

2021 Selection: Becoming Beatriz

Exploring the theme of resilience, the 2021 One Book Baltimore selection is Becoming Beatriz by Tami Charles. Set in New Jersey in 1984, Becoming Beatriz is a timeless story of a teenager's navigation of romance, her brother's choices, and her own family's difficult past.

Tami Charles is the New York Times Bestselling author of All Because You Matter, and numerous books for children and young adults. Her middle grade debut, Like Vanessa, earned Top 10 spots on the Indies Introduce and Spring Kids' Next lists, three starred reviews, and a Junior Library Guild selection.

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You can borrow a copy of Becoming Beatriz from the Pratt Library.


Once you have the book, download the One Book Baltimore discussion guide PDF.


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