I am so happy to share that #TheDavenports has made the Indie Best Sellers List! 😆 Thank you @Indiebound & @penguinteen for your support! This story of four strong young Black women would not have reached so many readers without Indie booksellers! Thank you so much! 💛
School Library Journal Reviews The Davenports!
Gr 8 Up–Set in 1910, this novel offers readers a glimpse inside the lives of a wealthy Black family from Chicago, the titular Davenports. This novel centers around three teens in the family: Olivia, John, and Helen, along with their friends and associates. Debut author Marquis weaves the characters’ stories in such a way that leaves readers anticipating the next chapter each time.
This book includes romance, politics, activism, family relationships, and the journey from childhood to adulthood. Will the characters get married to please their parents? Will they follow their own dreams and interests? Growing up means discovering who you are and sometimes making painful decisions. The author’s skilled descriptions give readers a real connection to the characters. This is a well-written novel, sure to please fans of historical fiction, romance, and Chicago history. Young adults and adults alike will learn from and enjoy this novel.
VERDICT: Recommended for all collections. —April CrowderSchool Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews The Davenports!
This deftly written series opener examines the lives of Black elites following Reconstruction with a focus on the constraints of women. The strong characterization, developed through alternating third-person perspectives, and descriptive setting lure readers in.
A dazzling debut.Starred review, Kirkus