Calling My Name

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Calling My Name, by debut author Liara Tamani, is a striking, luminous, and literary exploration of family, spirituality, and self—ideal for readers of Jacqueline Woodson, Jandy Nelson, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Sandra Cisneros.

This unforgettable novel tells a universal coming-of-age story about Taja Brown, a young African American girl growing up in Houston, Texas, and it deftly and beautifully explores the universal struggles of growing up, battling family expectations, discovering a sense of self, and finding a unique voice and purpose.

Told in fifty-three short, episodic, moving, and iridescent chapters, Calling My Name follows Taja on her journey from middle school to high school. Literary and noteworthy, this is a beauty of a novel that deftly captures the multifaceted struggle of finding where you belong and why you matter.


  • 001 Calling My Name

    Duration: 27s
  • 002 A Movement

    Duration: 12min
  • 003 Kickball on Christmas Eve

    Duration: 09min
  • 004 Breathing Room

    Duration: 02min
  • 005 Hungry Sunday

    Duration: 15min
  • 006 The Sweetest Thing

    Duration: 15min
  • 007 Freestyle

    Duration: 16min
  • 008 Solo

    Duration: 15min
  • 009 In the Middle

    Duration: 18min
  • 010 Turquoise Sky

    Duration: 06min
  • 011 Black-Infested

    Duration: 02min
  • 012 Gold Hoops

    Duration: 05min
  • 013 A Dirty Secret

    Duration: 08min
  • 014 Deep Dimples

    Duration: 06min
  • 015 Chocolate Mourning

    Duration: 04min
  • 016 About Time

    Duration: 04min
  • 017 Waves

    Duration: 10min
  • 018 God Don't Like Ugly

    Duration: 07min
  • 019 On Your Marks

    Duration: 09min
  • 020 The Good news

    Duration: 07min
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