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Black Brother, Black Brother

Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes  

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From award-winning and bestselling author, Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful coming-of-age story about two brothers, one who presents as white, the other as black and the complex ways in which they are forced to navigate the world, all while training for a fencing competition.

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Summary

From award-winning and bestselling author, Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful coming-of-age story about two brothers, one who presents as white, the other as black and the complex ways in which they are forced to navigate the world, all while training for a fencing competition.

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Donte wishes he were invisible. As one of the few black boys at Middlefield Prep, he feels as if he is constantly swimming in whiteness. Most of the students don't look like him. They don't like him either. Dubbed the "Black Brother," Donte's teachers and classmates make it clear they wish he were more like his lighter skinned brother, Dre. Quiet, obedient.

When an incident with "King" Alan leads to Donte's arrest and suspension, he knows the only way to get even is to beat the king of the school at his own game: fencing. With the help of a former Olympic fencer, Donte embarks on a journey to carve out a spot on Middlefield Prep's fencing team and maybe learn something about himself along the way.

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Critic Reviews

“Praise for Black Brother, Black Brother”

"Placing biracial boyhood and the struggles of colorism at its center, the novel challenges readers to pursue their own self-definition."--Kirkus "An excellent selection for both elementary and middle library collections, this is a title that celebrates finding one's place in the world."--School Library Connection, starred review "Donte's story is a good primer for younger readers on microaggressions."--School Library Journal "A classic sports story."--BCCB "A powerful work and must-have for children's collections."--Booklist, starred review "This novel offers a solid story, with relatable, three-dimensional characters considering identity, that will teach readers about colorism's effects." --Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of Ninth Ward, a Coretta Scott King honour book, Sugar, winner of the Jane Adams Peace Association book award, Bayou Magic, Towers Falling, the NYT bestseller, Ghost Boys. She has also written many award-winning books for adults.

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Donte wishes he were invisible. As one of the few black boys at Middlefield Prep, he feels as if he is constantly swimming in whiteness. Most of the students don't look like him. They don't like him either. Dubbed the "Black Brother," Donte's teachers and classmates make it clear they wish he were more like his lighter skinned brother, Dre. Quiet, obedient. When an incident with "King" Alan leads to Donte's arrest and suspension, he knows the only way to get even is to beat the king of the school at his own game: fencing. With the help of a former Olympic fencer, Donte embarks on a journey to carve out a spot on Middlefield Prep's fencing team and maybe learn something about himself along the way.

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Product Details

Publisher
Little, Brown & Company | Little, Brown Young Readers
Published
16th April 2020
Pages
240
ISBN
9780316493802
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