The other half of my heart

by Frazier, Sundee Tucker, 1968-

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Twin daughters of interracial parents, eleven-year-olds Keira and Minna have very different skin tones and personalities, but it is not until their African American grandmother enters them in the Miss Black Pearl Pre-Teen competition in North Carolina that red-haired and pale-skinned Minna realizes what life in their small town in the Pacific Northwest has been like for her more outgoing, darker-skinned sister.
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Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* The idea of being a twin has built-in appeal a sibling who has almost identical experiences of the world can be an instant BFF. That ideal informs the lives of sisters Minni and Keira, but the differences between the biracial siblings may be vaster than they'd like to think, because Minni's coloring is white like their father's, while Keira's is black like their mother's. During the summer when the girls turn 11, awareness of how they're perceived is driven home when a storekeeper in their home state of Washington has a widely disparate reaction to the girls' browsing through fancy dresses. Later, when the girls visit their prickly maternal grandmother in North Carolina and compete in a beauty contest for African Americans, Minni feels she is the focus of skeptical attention. Not only does Frazier raise questions worth pondering but her ability to round out each character, looking past easy explanations for attitude, is impressive. She also leavens the whole with easy humor and builds suspense over the pageant itself. Will the talented and outgoing Keira win the prize? Will Minni be able to overcome her shyness and shine? A novel with a great deal of heart indeed, from the winner of the John Steptoe New Talent Award for Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything in It (2007).--Cruze, Karen Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Subjects Racially mixed people Juvenile fiction
Twins Juvenile fiction
Sisters Juvenile fiction
Identity (Psychology) Juvenile fiction
African Americans Juvenile fiction
Prejudices Juvenile fiction
Beauty contests Juvenile fiction
Grandmothers Juvenile fiction
Racially mixed people Juvenile literature
Twins Juvenile literature
Sisters Juvenile literature
Identity (Philosophical concept) Juvenile literature
African Americans Juvenile literature
Prejudices Juvenile literature
Beauty contests Juvenile literature
Grandmothers Juvenile literature
Racially mixed people Fiction
Twins Fiction
Sisters Fiction
Identity Fiction
African Americans Fiction
Prejudices Fiction
Beauty contests Fiction
Grandmothers Fiction
Juvenile Fiction
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Publisher New York :Random House Children's Books2010
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Audience 009-012.
Language English
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ISBN 9780375896637
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