The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

Book - 2015
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Coretta Scott King Honor winner Brenda Woods' moving, uplifting story of a girl finally meeting the African American side of her family explores racism and how it feels to be biracial, and celebrates families of all kinds.Violet is biracial, but she lives with her white mother and sister, attends a mostly white school in a white town, and sometimes feels like a brown leaf on a pile of snow. Now that she's eleven, she feels it's time to learn about her African American heritage, so she seeks out her paternal grandmother. When Violet is invited to spend two weeks with her new Bibi (Swahili for "grandmother") and learns about her lost heritage, her confidence in herself grows and she discovers she's not a shrinking Violet after all. From a Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author, this is a powerful story about a young girl finding her place in the world.
Publisher: Penguin Group Canada 2015
ISBN: 9780147514301
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER 2014

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NaomiFandrich
Nov 05, 2015

love the book

An enjoyable read dealing with a young girl struggling with her biracial identity, a topic not often found in children's literature. I felt it was a little didactic and, frankly, I'm a bit tired of word-collecting girls. It felt forced and choppy, as did the trivia about African-American history. I'm also concerned the author did not get all her facts correct. I listened to this so maybe it was me, but I believe there is a reference to 78 rpm records holding as many songs as a CD. I'm pretty sure, if I heard that correctly, she meant a 33 rpm. 78s typically had one song per side, whereas a long-playing 33 would have been able to hold an entire CD's worth of songs. Maybe I misheard...but maybe I didn't. If I heard correctly, are there other details the author didn't get right? I don't know...

That said, it's still worth a read for those wanting something dealing with being biracial.

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bibliovore
Oct 23, 2014

Terrific! Great for tweens who might be struggling with identity themselves.

BCD2013 Jun 06, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Multi-racial Violet Diamond has never had a chance to get to know the African-American side of her family, but all that's about to change when she makes a connection with the grandma she never knew she had.

BCD2013 Jun 06, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Multi-racial Violet Diamond has never had a chance to get to know the African-American side of her family, but all that's about to change when she makes a connection with the grandma she never knew she had.
- Betsy Bird

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joywolf83
Feb 04, 2014

Can we say precocious?! She's 11 year old mixed girl. Not much happens in terms of action, she simply connects with the other half of her family who is African American. Speaking to younger readers, with super short chapters that make for light reading. There is a strong emphasis on family connections and identity. Very politically correct and gently addressed racial issues without becoming offensive. Beautifully shows how a mixed person can feel part of no race. Someone mixed: to white people they look black. To black people they look white. Makes you wonder why and how that happens, and gives teachers/readers a safe way to speak on ethnicity. Although somewhat simplistic in nature, there is vocabulary to learn new words. Nice culture exposure, not only with African American, but her best friend is Greek and her sister speaks french. I genuinely liked it as the first book I have ever read that's had a biracial person. (Which I now that I think about is strange. America called the "melting pot", doesn't have more books on people who have multiple races in them?)

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