Good upper elementary book about divorced parents it was all resolved rather easily and the shooting part seemed a bit unlikely.
“Mom is my legal guardian because she‘s, like, my mom.”
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.
🎹 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
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.
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. 😢
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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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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