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The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond Hardcover – January 9, 2014
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Gr 4–6—Violet Diamond's father died in a car accident two months before her birth, and the 11-year-old has always felt that a piece of her was missing. As the daughter of an African American father and Caucasian mother, she is frustrated with narrow racial assumptions directed at her by those living in her predominantly white neighborhood in Seattle. After eavesdropping on an eye-opening family conversation, Violet digs around and finds out that Roxanne Diamond, the estranged paternal grandmother she's never met, is having an art exhibition in Seattle, and the resourceful tween vows to meet her. Complex family history renders their first meeting awkward and tense, but Roxanne genuinely wants to be involved in her granddaughter's life. Violet travels with her grandmother to Los Angeles to meet her father's relatives and better understand her African American heritage. Violet's charming quirks, which include nighttime wishing rituals and keeping a mental catalogue of sophisticated vocabulary words, prove endearing. In this quiet story, Woods's admirably touches upon profound issues related to identity and race and tenderly conveys intergenerational bonds.—Lalitha Nataraj, Escondido Public Library, CA
Eleven-year-old Violet Diamond feels as though she doesn’t belong—she’s a brown leaf on a pile of white snow. A biracial child, she never knew her father, who died before she was born. Violet is tired of the strange looks from people who don’t understand her background, so she researches her family on her father’s side and learns that her artist grandmother will be visiting Seattle. Violet jumps at the chance to meet her and soon feels belonging and acceptance as she gains answers about the dad she never knew, thereby giving her a far more confident sense of self. Woods’ novel has a lot of heart, and Violet is someone many readers will relate to. Side characters, too, are well developed, and while Violet’s reconciliation with her long-lost grandmother comes a bit too easily, Violet’s warm journey of self-discovery is realistic. A sweet, heartfelt tale. Grades 4-7. --Sarah Bean Thompson
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So, kudos to Brenda Woods for putting this book in perspective that a child could read and understand.
I love the family connections in this story and shows the love and support Violet receives from her whole family. It's refreshing how they address racial issues without getting confrontational or offensive. I think it's a great start to many conversations to come.
dad who was black died an you have a black grandmother who you never met.And
the lesson was if you don't look the same you can still be families would you want to read this book?
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This is an engaging story for any reader but is especially resonant for biracial children or children adopted transracially.Gayle H. Swift, author, "ABC, Adoption & Me: A Multicultural Picture Book, adoption coach, adoptive parent and co-founder of GIFT Family Services
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I prsonly loved this book because I am briacl too so this taut me a great leason to and the leason was to me was If times are...Read more
This book is fantastic! It is about a biracial girl named Violet Diamond who blooms into her identity. Violet learns that families stick together.Read more