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Adopted by loving, white parents and taunted by classmates as the only African American kid in her elite, private school, Lahni Schuler, 14, is scared of a boy who seems to be stalking her. At the same time, she’s distraught when her dad leaves her mom for another woman. Granted that’s a lot for one book to take on, but this one never becomes a heavy-handed problem novel because Lahni’s clear, first-person narrative is so authentic, expressing Lahni’s identity conflicts even as tension mounts to an exciting climax. The teen finally finds her place after her loving mom takes her to a multiracial church, where she sings with the gospel choir and is inspired by some great musicians and by her teacher-mentor to enter a school vocal competition. Moved by a powerful singer (“The notes went up and down like raindrops in a thunderstorm”), Lahni discovers her own rich gift, wears a beautiful jeweled Afro to the competition, and celebrates who she is. Grades 7-10. --Hazel Rochman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
* "Wright grabs hold of hard-hitting issues in a realistic and poignant novel that fully commands the audience's attention." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Readers will enjoy the distinctive characters, lively dialogue, and palette of adolescent and racial insecurities in this contemporary, upbeat story."--School Library Journal
"Without sugarcoating anything, Wright easily juggles the many issues found in the book with wit, compassion and humor. The writing is clear, succinct, and never condescending. The main characters are shown as multifaceted people with strengths and weaknesses effectively adding to the authenticity of the book."--VOYA
"Lahni's clear, first-person narrative is so authentic, expressing Lahni's identity conflicts even as tension mounts to an exciting climax."--Booklist --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Great youth fiction.....good story line dealing with adoption, and the adoption of children with different ethnic heritage...Published 4 months ago by Rebecca Whorton
Most people know their weaknesses because many people are willing to point them out. Unfortunately it’s easier to believe the negative than to rise to the positive. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Roger
This book is really amazing, specially if you love reading. IF you read this book you will fall in love with it.Published on May 19, 2013 by Amazon Customer