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Blended
Blended | Sharon M. Draper
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Eleven-year-old Isabella’s blended family is more divided than ever in this thoughtful story about divorce and racial identity from the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Out of My Mind, Sharon M. Draper. 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. Because of this, Isabella has always felt pulled between two worlds. And now that her parents are divorced, it seems their fights are even worse, and they’re always about HER. Isabella feels even more stuck in the middle, split and divided between them than ever. And she’s is beginning to realize that being split between Mom and Dad is more than switching houses, switching nicknames, switching backpacks: it’s also about switching identities. Her dad is black, her mom is white, and strangers are always commenting: “You’re so exotic!” “You look so unusual.” “But what are you really?” She knows what they’re really saying: “You don’t look like your parents.” “You’re different.” “What race are you really?” And 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. Isabella and Darren are stopped by the police. A cell phone is mistaken for a gun. And shots are fired.
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Abby2
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Mehso-so

Good upper elementary book about divorced parents it was all resolved rather easily and the shooting part seemed a bit unlikely.

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Miadolce
Blended | Sharon M. Draper

“Mom is my legal guardian because she‘s, like, my mom.”

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Miadolce
Blended | Sharon M. Draper

This book covers some very serious issues that exist in society, and is probably not best for young kids at all.

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Miadolce
Blended | Sharon M. Draper
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This is a great book for students who may struggle with racial identity issues. The main character is half black and half white and has to switch identities depending on what environment she is in. Teaches really important lessons.

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SW-T
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Isabella Badia Thornton has a complicated life. She just wants to be a normal kid but has to deal with her parents divorce, joint custody arrangements, her parents dating other people, new stepparents, piano lessons, and the complexities of being biracial when people want you to choose one identity. Then she and her stepbrother are in the wrong place at the wrong time and discover the dangers of racial profiling first hand.

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ha_kaye
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🎹 Sharon Draper‘s Blended tells the story of Isabella, an 11 year old biracial gifted pianist with divorced parents. Every week, Isabella goes through what she calls the “Exchange Day,” where she meets up with the other parent at the mall and lives with them for that week. Not only does she switches homes every week; she switches nicknames, backpacks, and her identity. It is currently on the New York Times Best Seller list! #LAE3414sp19

ha_kaye It shows the good, the bad, and the ugly of living with divorced parents on top of addressing topics of racism and police brutality. It is one of those books that I wish I could‘ve read as a child to understand that others go through the same thing that I did with my parents being divorced. It would make a great RA for older elementary or middle school students, since there are important topics of discussion inside. 3mo
ha_kaye This link provides discussion questions relating to Blended, as well as extension activities. http://sharondraper.com/bookdetail.asp?id=75 UDL principle 8.3, foster collaboration and community, would work well with the discussions that this books demands. EL strategy 16; integrate speaking, listening, reading and writing activities; is the perfect fit for Blended since the students would be listening and discussing the story with their peers. 3mo
Mmw2478 This book is on my list of books I wanted to read this semester. I love the issues it addresses. You did a good job summarizing it. 3mo
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giont I picked up this book at B&N a few weeks ago but haven‘t read it yet. I‘m so excited too. I love how you said you would use it as a RA to discuss important issues. Thanks for sharing :) 3mo
ha_kaye Thank you both 🥰 @giont @Mmw2478 3mo
Olsonashley19 I just bought this from scholastic and can't wait to read!!! Having divorced parents and switching every week I can relate to how she feels. Thanks for sharing :) 3mo
DrSpalding Dr. Vandemark also said that I need to read this book. I have added it to my stack. Sounds like you have a few other peers that will be reading this as well. Excellent choice 3mo
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Ariel8Smith
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“Every Monday I wake up in a different bed than the one I slept in the week before.”

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Ariel8Smith
Blended | Sharon M. Draper

Chapter book that discusses the difficulties of being a blended race. Great theme of understanding who you are and can relate to children who are also dealing with parents divorces.

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Ariel8Smith
Blended | Sharon M. Draper
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2018, contemporary literature. Story about an 11 year old girl, Isabella, who has a black father and white mother. Her parents go through a rough divorce and Isabella feels split. She doesn‘t feel as if she can be her whole self by choosing between her parents.

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CassidyCantrell
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CassidyCantrell
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The chapters go by “moms week” or “dads week” since her parents just split up. I think it really explains to the reader how she feels in each place. Great read!

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CassidyCantrell
Blended | Sharon M. Draper
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-contemporary realistic fiction
Great book for a young girl who is going through change or something unusual. Books like these help children get through tough times in life. This girl is mixed and her parents just got divorced. She feels as if she is “split”

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keyleannhawk1
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I love this sentence! It‘s so powerful and even though Isabella is struggling with her identity she still knows she is someone important and someone who should be valued.

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keyleannhawk1
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Published in 2018, this realistic fiction book touches on the struggle of finding ones identity. A child being born to a white mother and a black father creates difficulties for the child when children can‘t understand their race. However, now she has divorce thrown into the mix and it complicates things further. I think children can relate to this story in the aspect of race or parents marital status and how it causes issues in everyday life.

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TheBookAddict
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I forgot to post about this wonderful book yesterday. Last night I went to sleep way past my bedtime because I had to finish reading this. It broke my heart so many times. It‘s about Izzy a beautiful and very talented 11 yo who is trying to understand who she is. She is mixed, blended, and very confused. It made me cry a few times. Throughout this book I kept on thinking about my stepson and how he must feel about our family situation. 😢

TheBookAddict #litsyloveslibraries #middlegradereads #mustread it also touches upon racism and society. 4mo
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vnneff6000
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This is a a book about a girl who has a black father and white mother. Her name is Isabelle and her parents split up and she feels like she is only half of this and half of that. This is her story on how she felt with being half white and half black with her parents divorced as well.

wordzie Nice review ❤ 4mo
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BookInMyHands
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This fantastic middle- grade book follows Isabella as she navigates between the worlds of her divorced parents- her black father and white mother- as she figures out what it means to be herself.

#racism #microagressions #divorce #middlegrade

#readingwomenofcolor2019

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megnews
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Wow! I didn‘t see that ending coming. Eleven-year-old, lovable Izzy deals with her parents‘ divorce, racism, and finding her place in the world as a “blended” mixed kid.
I‘ve seen this called The Hate U Give for #mgfiction which seems an accurate description, not cherry-coated but written at a level #middlegrades can process.
Good addition to a classroom library. 4⭐️

Book 103/165 3/24/19
#diversebooks

SmartSassery I was looking at getting this book too. Thanks for the review. 💜 4mo
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TheBookAddict
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Coffeedaily
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11 year old Izzy/Isabella struggles with her identity to fit in while being used as a pawn in her parents custody arrangement after divorcing. Good discussion book for topics of racism, racial identity, forgiveness and violence for 4th grade and up. Intense situations. Characters are relatable. Cover looks misleading as a lighthearted comedy.

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Nebklvr
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Divorced parents in new relationships and tense custody arrangements are hard enough but when racial hatred seeps into the school where she once felt safe, Isabella becomes more unsure. This author does a fabulous job of making all of these topics relatable. It was especially nice to see the adults acknowledge their mistakes and the teens provide loving support to each other. Well worth a read!

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JenFowler
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I really liked this book!
It's about an 11 yr. old girl dealing with the struggles of living one week with her mom and one week with her dad. She's also half white, half black. She loves playing piano, discovers the beauty in poetry, and is just basically trying to figure out just who she is. I loved this girl...I loved Isabella/Izzy. This is a great #middleschoolbookpick #goldensowernominee
Great conversation starters about race and divorce.

Chrissyreadit Why did you bail? 5mo
Zelma Yes, I am really curious too. 5mo
C.Perone You seemed to have hit bailed by mistake...? 5mo
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JenFowler Ugh, I know..that was an accident @C.Perone @Zelma @Chrissyreadit I keep trying to fix it, and it won't stay fixed 5mo
JenFowler I think it is fixed now. Maybe. 5mo
Chrissyreadit Now it makes sense! 5mo
Zelma Fixed! 😆 that makes much more sense. 👍 5mo
JenFowler 😁 👏👏 5mo
C.Perone Much better!😄👏👏 😂 5mo
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WanderingBookaneer
Blended | Sharon M. Draper
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24 books ✅

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TheBookAddict
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These are the hold we braved this terrible weather for. We made it back home safe and with plenty of books to read. I‘m all ready for the very cold weather that‘s coming our way. They are saying that we may not have school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday due to the severe cold. Just in case, I‘m ready.

#LitsyLovesLibraries #librarybookhaul #libraryhaul #bookhaul #blameitonlitsy

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TheBookAddict I‘ll blame @Slajaunie for this one. She posted about the sequel a few days ago. I was so intrigued I asked her the title of the first book of the series and so here we are... #BlameItOnSlajaunie 6mo
TheBookAddict I‘ll blame @bookriot for this one. I saw this book in one of their emails they sent and I just had to get it. Thanks #Bookriot for making my #TBR bigger... #BlameItOnBookRiot 6mo
TheBookAddict I‘ll blame the next 4 on @Peddler410 since she has been posting about some very intriguing #middlegradereads. #BlameItOnPeddler410 6mo
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Crazeedi @TheBookAddict just got done reading this one, it was good 6mo
TheBookAddict @Crazeedi awesome! I can‘t wait to get to it. 6mo
Crazeedi @TheBookAddict I've read all her books, and she has a new one out soon I wrote the name of it somewhere 😁 if I find I'll tell you 6mo
TheBookAddict @Crazeedi thank you, I would appreciate it. It‘ll be my first read by her. 6mo
Tamra We‘re wondering if schools will be closed. 6mo
Crazeedi @TheBookAddict her new one is "darling clementine" I've read Carnegies Maid and TheOther Einstein, both good too 6mo
Slajaunie You will love them!!!! 📖📚 6mo
TheBookAddict @Tamra yeah, we usually don‘t get notified until the last moment. @Crazeedi thanks. Just added them to my TBR. @Slajaunie it sounds like I will. I‘ll let you know. 6mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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#24in48 Hour 6 Challenge: Dedications and Epigraphs

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SamanthaMarie
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I am about to begin reading this!! Has anyone read it before? How was it for you?

SW-T @SamanthaMarie It‘s in my TBR. Interested to hear how you like it. It looks good 🤔 6mo
EH2018 Just borrowed this the other day, sounds really good. Draper is a really good author so I have hight hopes 6mo
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Peddler410
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This book was so good! The cover makes you think happy middle grade —- well, maybe not happy with the ice cream on the ground!

It for sure did not prepare me for the serious bits.

Izzy/Isabella feels divided in half, flip flopping from mom‘s house to dad‘s every week. Told from her 1st person POV, readers get a glimpse at what it‘s like to be her.

And then, the serious jumps in!

Blume meets The Hate U Give — credit @howjessreads

#huggable

howjessreads I‘m glad you liked it!! 6mo
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howjessreads
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I will definitely be reading more Sharon M. Draper books! And I‘m thinking I may have my 8yo read this, to spark some good conversations. #howjessreadsin2019

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Peddler410
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Whoa! This just took a turn for the .....

Serious!

I did not see that coming and it made me teary.

#mgpoc2019

Lmstraubie Another one I NEED TO READ!!! 6mo
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HeyMsBowen
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Stumbled upon this book today at B&N! Picked it up and I'm already on Chapter 8... Well-done, Sharon Draper! My bi-racial students will LOVE this!

DrSpalding Follow her on Twitter Nicole. This book has received a lot of praise! 5mo
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Eggs
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Draper dedicates this to: all the young people who must meld and merge, synthesize and harmonize, to create family fusion.

Chrissyreadit She is an amazing author. 7mo
Eggs @Chrissyreadit Truly!! 7mo
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ambam1987
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cold winter MN nights =hot tea, fuzzy blankets, and a good books 📖

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