Allegedly is a Kill Bill-esque story starring a 15 year old girl as opposed to a bad ass assassin, who--let's be honest--is kind of hard to relate to. Mary Addison, this 15 year old girl, killed a baby when she was 9, allegedly. The very beginning of the book is an excerpt from a text book saying some children are psychopaths, nothing can be done about it. But... Mary doesn't seem like a psychopath, she has a boyfriend, and whoomp: she's pregnant; and she is fighting to keep her baby despite her troubled past. Allegedly is a must read, even if it's a stretch to say it's Kill Bill-esque!— Mia, TC Teen Advisory Board member
When she was nine Mary B. Addison killed a baby, allegedly. Six years later, in a group home Mary finds out she's pregnant and no one lets a baby killer have a child, unless she's not a murderer. If you're looking for a happy, fairy tale ending book you've got the wrong book. But if you're read for a real, deep, emotional story about the horrifying shadows of the law you've got the perfect book.— Kayla, TC Teen Advisory Board member
4 starred reviews!
Orange Is the New Black meets Walter Dean Myer’s Monster in this gritty, twisty, and haunting debut by Tiffany D. Jackson about a girl convicted of murder seeking the truth while surviving life in a group home.
Mary B. Addison killed a baby.
Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: a white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it?
There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary’s fate now lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But does anyone know the real Mary?
About the Author
Tiffany D. Jackson is the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Monday’s Not Coming, and Let Me Hear a Rhyme. A Walter Dean Myers Honor Book and Coretta Scott King–John Steptoe New Talent Award winner, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University, earned her master of arts in media studies from the New School, and has over a decade in TV and film experience. The Brooklyn native still resides in the borough she loves. You can visit her at www.writeinbk.com.
★ “With remarkable skill, Jackson offers an unflinching portrayal of the raw social outcomes when youth are entrapped in a vicious cycle of nonparenting and are sent spiraling down the prison-for-profit pipeline. This dark, suspenseful exploration of justice and perception raises important questions teens will want to discuss.”
— School Library Journal (starred review)
★ “Searing and true. Effectively joins Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th and Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow (2010) to become another indictment of the penal system’s decimating power beyond its bars and, more subtly and refreshingly, a pro-reproductive-justice novel.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
★ “The characters are complex, the situation unsettling, and the line between right and wrong hopelessly blurred. It’s also intensely relevant, addressing race, age, and mental illness within the criminal justice system. Well conceived and executed, this is an absorbing and exceptional first novel.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
★ “Suspenseful without being emotionally manipulative, compelling without resorting to shock value, this is a tightly spun debut that wrestles with many intense ideas and ends with a knife twist that will send readers racing back to the beginning again.”
— Booklist (starred review)
“Seen through Jackson’s dark portrait of the legal system and the failures of parents and social workers, Mary’s environments are as grim as the stories that play out in them; readers fascinated by procedural dramas will be thoroughly hooked.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“I have to admit, it’s been a while since I’ve been this rattled by a story. Tiffany D. Jackson chips at the world, then cracks it, then shatters it into shards of discomfort and complexity for the reader to grapple with it. Allegedly, undoubtedly, will linger long after it’s over.”
— Jason Reynolds, award-winning author of All American Boys and The Boy in the Black Suit
“A well-executed, powerful journey into the claustrophobic life of a young girl trying to navigate what little is left after the world has judged her, and what she will do to escape it.”
— Mindy McGinnis, Edgar Award-winning author of A Madness So Discreet
“A riveting, gut-wrenching thriller and a stunning debut.”
— Daniel José Older, New York Times bestselling author of Shadowshaper
“Tiffany Jackson’s timely and chilling debut will haunt you for a long time. An extraordinary new voice.”
— Justine Larbalestier, author of Liar and My Sister Rosa