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Author: Sharon M Draper
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Piano-prodigy Isabella, eleven, whose black father and white mother struggle to share custody, never feels whole, especially as racial tensions affect her school, her parents both become engaged, and she and her stepbrother are stopped by police.
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Genre/Form: Children's stories
Domestic fiction
Juvenile works
Fiction
Juvenile fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sharon M Draper
ISBN: 9781442495005 1442495006 9781442495012 1442495014
OCLC Number: 1022647197
Notes: "A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book."
Awards: Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2019
School Library Journal's Best Books, 2018
Target Audience: 610L; Structure indicator: 90 (high); Syntactic indicator: 90 (high); Semantic indicator: 100 (very high); Decoding indicator: 100 (very high)
Description: 308 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Sharon M. Draper.
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Piano-prodigy Isabella, eleven, whose black father and white mother struggle to share custody, never feels whole, especially as racial tensions affect her school, her parents both become engaged, and she and her stepbrother are stopped by police.

"You're so exotic!!" "You look so unusual." "But what are you really?" Eleven-year-old Isabella - whose father is black and mother is white - is used to these kinds of comments, but it doesn't mean she likes them. And now that her parents are divorced (and getting along WORSE than ever), Isabella feels like a push-me-pull-me toy. Being split between Mom and Dad is more than swtiching houses, switching nicknames, switching backpacks: It's switching identities. If you're only seen as half of this and half of that, how can you ever feel whole? -- From dust jacket.

I reach out and touch my father's hand. I look at my pale fingers next to his. "Daddy?" "What, sweetie?" "Do you think people think I'm Black or white when they see me? Am I Black? Or white?" His lips turn up into the slightest of smiles. I can't tell if it's a sad one, though. He looks at me with his bright brown-almost-black eyes, eyes with thick lashes just like mine. "Yes" is his reply. "Yes."--Jacket.

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Isabella's genuine 11-year-old voice captures events rarely seen in middle-grade fiction but too often seen by actual middle graders. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review Draper writes with grace, Read more...

 
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