Nubia: Real One

L.L. McKinney with Robyn Smith (Illustrator)

fiction lgbtqia+
adventurous emotional fast-paced

208 pages | first published 2021

Can you be a hero...if society doesn't see you as a person?

Nubia has always been a little bit...different. As a baby she showcased Amazonian-like strength by pushing over a tree to rescue her neighbor's cat. But, despite having similar abilities, the world has no problem telling her that she's no Wonder Woman. And even if she was, they wouldn't want her. Every time she comes to the rescue, she's reminded of how people see her; as a threat. Her moms do their best to keep her safe, but Nubia can't deny the fire within her, even if she's a little awkward about it sometimes. Even if it means people assume the worst.

When Nubia's best friend, Quisha, is threatened by a boy who thinks he owns the town, Nubia will risk it all--her safety, her home, and her crush on that cute kid in English class--to become the hero society tells her she isn't.

From the witty and powerful voice behind A Blade So Black and with endearing and expressive art by Robyn Smith, comes a vital story for today about equality, identity and kicking it with your squad.

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Moods

challenging 77%
emotional 77%
hopeful 55%
dark 44%
inspiring 44%
tense 44%
adventurous 33%
funny 33%
reflective 33%
informative 22%
sad 11%

Pace

fast 55%
medium 44%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 60% | A mix: 40%

Strong character development?

Yes: 100%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 100%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 66% | No: 33%

Average rating

4.63