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Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson


by Tiffany D. Jackson

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When 9-year-old, Mary Addison "allegedly" kills a 3-month-old baby, she is sent to "baby jail" for 6 years and then to a group home where she is bullied and tormented daily by its residents. Up until now, Mary has been silent about the abuse and this horrific incident but when she finds out that she is pregnant, she decides to speak up about what really happened on that fateful night. When the truth finally comes to light, nothing will be as the evidence suggests.

I had to reread the last chapter of this book just to clarify what I read. This book will take you on an emotional rollercoaster and spit you out facedown in the mud before you even have a chance for your brain to decipher what truly happened. This is a well-written psychological thriller that keeps you guessing right until the very end. ( )
  DMPrice | Jul 1, 2018 |
Booktalk draft: "When Mary Addison was 9 years old, she killed a white baby girl. The outcry in the media and society condemned Mary to a reputation as a psychopathic baby killer. Now Mary is 16. She's spent time in 'baby jail' and lives in a group home with other girls who are criminal offenders. They bully and harass her constantly. On top of all that, Mary is pregnant by her boyfriend. With Mary's reputation, no one is going to let her keep her baby. But Mary knows she didn't kill that white baby. She loved that baby like a sister. And she's going to find a way to keep her own baby, whatever it takes."

There is a constant foreboding throughout this book that will keep readers hanging on the edges of their seats. Add to that Mary as unreliable narrator and it becomes a twisted, slack-jawed reading experience. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Apr 24, 2018 |
Wow really good but I just wish the ending was better! ( )
  Martha.Louise.Owen | Apr 23, 2018 |
Well, that was not the ending I expected. ( )
  BillieBook | Apr 1, 2018 |
2.5 stars. I just really hated the ending. ( )
  smiteme | Apr 1, 2018 |
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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?

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When Mary, a teenager living in a group home, becomes pregnant, authorities take another look at the crime for which Mary was convicted when she was nine years old.

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