September 23, 2020

#BookReview: Black Brother, Black Brother by @jewell_p_rhodes






Synopsis: From award-winning and bestselling author, Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful coming-of-age story about two brothers, one who presents as white, the other as black, and the complex ways in which they are forced to navigate the world, all while training for a fencing competition. 

Donte wishes he were invisible. As one of the few black boys at Middlefield Prep, he feels as if he is constantly swimming in whiteness. Most of the students don't look like him. They don't like him either. Dubbed the "Black Brother," Donte's teachers and classmates make it clear they wish he were more like his lighter skinned brother, Trey. Quiet, obedient.

When an incident with "King" Alan leads to Donte's arrest and suspension, he knows the only way to get even is to beat the king of the school at his own game: fencing. With the help of a former Olympic fencer, Donte embarks on a journey to carve out a spot on Middlefield Prep's fencing team and maybe learn something about himself along the way.
 


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Rating: ★★★★
My Review: This book really made me feel like this was a book about family. This story shows you two different boys one who presents as black and one that presents as white and how each is treated within their community.  It was definitely different but, this story was beautifully written and I could not put it down.   







*"A powerful work and must-have for children's collections."―Booklist, starred review

"Placing biracial boyhood and the struggles of colorism at its center, the novel challenges readers to pursue their own self-definition."―Kirkus

*"An excellent selection for both elementary and middle library collections, this is a title that celebrates finding one's place in the world."School Library Connection, starred review

"Donte's story is a good primer for younger readers on microaggressions."School Library Journal

"A classic sports story."―BCCB

"This novel offers a solid story, with relatable, three-dimensional characters considering identity, that will teach readers about colorism's effects."
Publishers Weekly









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