Maizon at Blue Hill

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Maizon Singh takes the biggest step of her life when she accepts a scholarship to boarding school and leaves her grandma and her best friend, Margaret, behind on Madison Street. There are only five black seventh grader among them.

Blue Hill is beautiful and Maizon has excellent teachers, small classes, and a friendly roommate. Yet something is missing. What is it that makes white people strange to her, that makes other black students threatening and safe at the same time? "We ...

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Maizon Singh takes the biggest step of her life when she accepts a scholarship to boarding school and leaves her grandma and her best friend, Margaret, behind on Madison Street. There are only five black seventh grader among them.

Blue Hill is beautiful and Maizon has excellent teachers, small classes, and a friendly roommate. Yet something is missing. What is it that makes white people strange to her, that makes other black students threatening and safe at the same time? "We have to stick together, Maizon," one black girl says. "This school isn't about us—it's about them."

Maizon's not sure she belongs at Blue Hill after all. She worries about letting Grandma down. What if she doesn't succeed here? Can she go back to her old life on Madison Street?

After winning a scholarship to an academically challenging boarding school, Maizon finds herself one of only five blacks there and wonders if she will ever fit in. Sequel to "Last Summer with Maizon."

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Maizon, 12, wins a scholarship to Blue Hill, an exclusive, girls-only academy in Connecticut. She reluctantly leaves her Brooklyn home for unfamiliar surroundings, apprehensive about being one of only five African American students at the school. She soon meets three older African American enrollees, who boast of their affluent backgrounds and isolate her from the other girls--including Pauli, the offspring of a mixed marriage, whom they detest for ``assimilating.'' Maizon resents such manipulation, and the trio consequently shuns her. Erecting a shield against further hurt, the girl becomes achingly lonely. Maizon senses she's an oddity at the essentially all-white Blue Hill and in her frank and engaging narrative admits to resisting the place, where racial insults are often seen in innocuous remarks--yet in fact only the three African American girls indulge in obviously bigoted comments. This simply told, finely crafted sequel to Last Summer with Maizon neatly avoids predictability while offering a perspective on racism and elitism rarely found in fiction for this age group. Ages 10-14. Oct.
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Gr 5-8-- In this second in a planned trilogy, 12-year-old Maizon Singh goes off to an exclusive private school in Connecticut, where she has won an academic scholarship. Beautiful surroundings, good and caring teachers, small classes, and a rich extracurricular program can't offset the girl's confusion and growing alienation. She struggles to cope with snobbery and is distressed by both black elitism and white curiosity. Her sharp intelligence, strong self-image, and spirit help her to confront these challenges but she ultimately decides that Blue Hill is not for her. Far from an expression of failure, however, this represents Maizon's wise acceptance of a fact that escaped her elders--that she was not ready to be removed from the security of her home, with loving Grandma, best friend Margaret, and supportive neighbors. Rather than admitting defeat, Maizon is determined to ``find a place where smart black girls from Brooklyn could feel like they belonged.'' While readers might want more information about the peripheral characters than Woodson has provided, by relating the story in the first person, she has kept the focus on Maizon. A companion, rather than a sequel, to Last Summer with Maizon Doubleday, 1990, which is told from Margaret's point of view, this book provides a provocative glimpse of the pain and beauty of a gifted girl's adolescence. Readers will eagerly await the third title from this articulate new voice.-- Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606059183
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Series: Margaret and Maizon Series , #2
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Born on February 12th in Columbus, Ohio, Jacqueline Woodson grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York and graduated from college with a B.A. in English. She now writes full-time and has recently received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. Her other awards include a Newbery Honor, two Coretta Scott King awards, two National Book Award finalists, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Although she spends most of her time writing, Woodson also enjoys reading the works of emerging writers and encouraging young people to write, spending time with her friends and her family, and sewing. Jacqueline Woodson currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2008

    Maizon at Blue Hill

    Maizon Singh takes the biggest step in her life when she accepts a scholarship to boarding school and leaves her grandmother and her best friend, Margaret,behind on Madison Street. Blue Hill is a beautiful school, and it seems to have every thing terrific teachers, small classes, a friendly roommate. And those other four girls are from wealthy families. Does Maizon belong at Blue Hill after all? And even if she decides she doesn't how can she possibly let her grandmother down?

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