Friday, May 18, 2012

The Other Half of My Heart

by Sundee T. Frazier

Keira and Minna aren't just best friends, they are twin sisters.  They aren't completely alike, Keira is outgoing while Minna is shy, Minna loves to read but Keira isn't as gung ho about school.  And well, Minna is white like her father, while Keira takes after their African American mother.  But that never really bothered them until their grandmother enters them in the Miss Black Pearl beauty contest.  As Minna learns what it's like to stand out as the only light skinned girl in the contest, she realizes that life hasn't always been that easy for her sister.

Frazier's novel addresses questions of prejudice and justice.  Of what it is like to fit in and what it's like to be the only one like you.   Both girls must learn to understand what it's like to be different, and of the importance of standing up for each other no matter what.  The book is genuinely interesting and a good read for younger tweens.

Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age Level: 4-5th Grade

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