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Blended Hardcover – October 30, 2018
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"Blended is a graceful novel about family and identity that will enlighten and entertain readers. Draper's insight into the world of an 11-year-old girl is uncanny." ― Shelf Awareness
Honest and approachable. ― BCCB
Draper has written a book in which kids will see themselves. ― Booklist
Draper writes with grace, compassion, and respect for the intelligence and emotional lives of young readers.... This is Draper at her best, penning a current and ultimately uplifting story. ― School Library Journal, starred review
Isabella's genuine 11-year-old voice captures events rarely seen in middle-grade fiction but too often seen by actual middle graders. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
- Lexile measure : 610L
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1442495006
- ISBN-13 : 978-1442495005
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (October 30, 2018)
- Reading level : 8 - 12 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #29,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author dove head first into a dramatic hate crime incident where the characters best friend found a noose in her locker.
That carried on throughout the book and other less dramatic racial incidents occurred.
The story line follows an 11 yr old girl and her journey through a school year. She is an accomplished pianist.
the book leads you on her music journey and the greatly anticipated piano recital ....... HOWEVER .....
she never makes it there because... drum roll...
she gets shot!!! What the....?!
The last part of the book is all about the shooting and being in the hospital.
I'm frustrated. A lot of it relatable for my girls but the over dramatic bs is not. We are from a northwestern small city with little racial overtones or segregation going on so I had to explain or simply leave out a lot.
This book is a good fit for kids of broken families in the inner city maybe but not for us.
It's a big downer for us.
Isabella or Izzy is lovable from the start, and her talent, loyalty and curiosity lure in the reader from page one. I love that this book touches on the thoughts of children who live with two families due to divorce. This book addresses that complexity in an honest and thought-provoking way.
Additionally, Draper artfully layers in Izzy’s struggles as she code switches between her white family and black family, her rich family and working class family, her classy family and her down-home family. The struggles of Isabella are those of my students and this book does a superb job of portraying the challenges and benefits of a truly blended family.
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The story was genuinely a true reflection of the world we live in, but there was no true justice or reconciling of the things that happened. The ending came abruptly and with no resolution to anything. Yes, that's incredibly real and very true of the world now, however if my kids want to see justice not being served, they only have to look at the current news. I had hoped in the world of fiction they might see some true justice and hope for people and the world. Because that is the beauty of books, we can make the world work any way we like.
This story was not graphic, but I feel it was too intense for the age range it's aimed for. And we didn't even get to see the weddings...