Eleven-year-old Isabella's parents are divorced, so she has to switch lives every week. One week she's Isabella with her dad, his girlfriend Anastasia, and her son Darren living in a fancy house where they are one of the only black families in the neighborhood. The next week she's Izzy with her mom and her boyfriend John-Mark in a small, not-so-fancy house that she loves. And she's is beginning to realize that being split between Mom and Dad is also about switching identities. Her dad is black, her mom is white, and strangers are always commenting. She knows what they're really saying: "You don't look like your parents. You're different. What race are you really?"
When her parents, who both get engaged at the same time, get in their biggest fight ever, Isabella doesn't just feel divided, she feels ripped in two. What does it mean to be half white or half black? To belong to half mom and half dad? And if you're only seen as half of this and half of that, how can you ever feel whole? It seems like nothing can bring Isabella's family together again — until the worst happens. This thoughtful story from the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Out of My Mind, Sharon M. Draper, tackles tough questions about divorce, racial identity, and belonging.
"Draper doesn’t shy away from challenging or uncomfortable topics; police aggression, gun violence, the complicated nature of divorce, and socioeconomic imbalances are all candidly addressed as real and important parts of Isabella’s experience. Readers will identify with Isabella’s journey to stand up for herself, especially to her parents, whose constant arguing and clear dislike for each other often overshadow her needs.... Timely and genuine, this novel chronicles a biracial girl’s struggle to define her identity and find her voice amid personal and societal expectations." — Publishers Weekly
|10 - 13
|Sharon M. Draper
|Oct 30, 2018
|Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books