NO PEDIGREE: A Really Short Story Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B083SB1RMN
- Publisher : 4WillsPublishing (February 18, 2020)
- Publication date : February 18, 2020
- Language: : English
- File size : 244 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 57 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #484,475 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Baylee, at 5’9” with blonde hair and a tan hue to her skin, was of mixed heritage. In small town Oklahoma, this was a problem. High school is a trying time for most children as they try to rush their metamorphosis to adulthood. It is awkward and painful without trusted friends. Any youth transferring to a new high school in a new city can be exceptionally challenging. For Baylee, it was life changing.
I really liked the description that Nonnie paints when Baylee met Carson on her first day at the new high school. They clearly were able to immediately size each other up. It emphasized the possibilities of real friendships. At this point I was caught up in the story due to the great quality of the writing.
“Baylee, huh? More like Baylee badass yourself! I like that! OK, I’m Carson Beckett. Nice to meet you, Bayleeee!”
“Carson? Isn’t that a boy’s name?” Baylee asked, her curiosity about this girl, growing by the second.
“What can I say, my dad wished for a boy that he could name Carson, so when I showed up – well, ever heard of half-a-wish? That’s what my dad got. He didn’t get a son, but he did find a way to keep the name, so he got one half of his wish,” Carson laughed. “Now, enough small talk about me, Bayleeee. C’mon. I’ll show you around this joint.”
Carson was funny. Baylee had just met the only real friend she’d ever have at Mount-Barron High.
I didn’t really see the foreshadowing of this section until much later in the story. The tragedy of the story, and surprising conclusion, is not exclusive to America. Societies over hundreds of years, even with all the lessons that have been given, seem unable to learn that hatred, prejudice, and jealousy are horribly outdated and simply put, poisonous.
The story is worth sharing with teens and young adults as a guide on what to avoid, even if their parents forgot to tell them. The ending was unexpected, so don’t skip a page.
Baylee is a mixed-race girl who is trying to fit in with others in her new, all-white high school in the more affluent part of town. She doesn't live in the neighborhood, can't afford designer clothes like her peers, and wears a virtual target on her back which attracts racists and rich snobs who look down at people like her.
Baylee meets a classmate who wants to be her friend. She's sincere and sees Baylee for who she really is. The two develop a relationship that will last for years.
'Birds of a feather flock together' is also true for a community of rich folks when one of their own is called out. Right or wrong, they'll stand together in solidarity, especially against an outsider.
Fast forward 1 1/2 years, Baylee returns to the town that drove her away to visit her mother. Baylee is much different now, but she does have big plans to make things right. Don't miss this ending.
Great job, Nonnie! I highly recommend this book to readers of any age.