Blended

People, Identity & Culture
Race & Racism
blended
Author(s):
Sharon Draper
Age Group:
8-12
Publisher:
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
ISBN:
978-1442495005
Year:
People, Identity & Culture
Race & Racism

Eleven-year-old Isabella’s parents are divorced, so she has to switch lives every week. Because of this, Isabella has always felt pulled between two worlds. And now that her parents are divorced, it seems their fights are even worse, and they’re always about her. Isabella feels even more stuck in the middle, split and divided between them than ever. And she’s is beginning to realize that being split between Mom and Dad is more than switching houses, switching nicknames, switching backpacks: it’s also about switching identities. Her dad is black, her mom is white, and strangers are always commenting: “You’re so exotic!” “You look so unusual.” “But what are you really?” She wonders what it means to be half white or half black, to belong to half mom and half dad? And if you’re only seen as half of this and half of that, how can you ever feel whole? It seems like nothing can bring Isabella’s family together again—until the worst happens.

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