The Other Half of My Heart

The Other Half of My Heart

by Sundee T. Frazier

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The Other Half of My Heart by Sundee T. Frazier

The story of biracial twin sisters—one black, one white—and the summer that tests their strong bond, from the author of Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award-winner Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It.
 
When Minerva and Keira King were born, they made headlines: Keira is black like Mama, but Minni is white like Daddy. Together the family might look like part of a chessboard row, but they are first and foremost the close-knit Kings. Then Grandmother Johnson calls, to invite the twins down South to compete for the title of Miss Black Pearl Preteen of America.
     Minni dreads the spotlight, but Keira assures her that together they'll get through their stay with Grandmother Johnson. But when their grandmother's bias against Keira reveals itself, Keira pulls away from her twin. Minni has always believed that no matter how different she and Keira are, they share a deep bond of the heart. Now she'll find out whether that’s really true.

"One luminous pearl of a sister story."--RITA WILLIAMS-GARCIA, author of the Newbery Honor Award-winner One Crazy Summer

Winner of the Skipping Stone Honor Award
 
*"Frazier highlights the contradictions, absurdities, humor, and pain that accompany life as a mixed-race tween. Never didactic, this is the richest portrait of multiracial identity and family since Virginia Hamilton's 1976 novel Arilla Sun Down. An outstanding achievement."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred
 
*"Not only does Frazier raise questions worth pondering, but her ability to round out each character, looking past easy explanations for attitude, is impressive. . . . A novel with a great deal of heart indeed."—Booklist, Starred


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440240068
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/14/2011
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 178,445
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

SUNDEE T. FRAZIER is the author of Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything in It, for which she received the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award. As a teen, she was crowned Miss Palouse Empire and was first runner-up in the Washington State Junior Miss Program (not pageant). Learn more about her and her books at sundeefrazier.com.




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Mama was always pointing out that of the millions of genes that made them all human, only seven or eight told their skin what color to be. A minuscule number, she said. A very small difference.
 
So that was what Minni chose to believe, even though somewhere deep inside her brain, in a little drawer she rarely let herself open, lived the concern that the difference she'd been assured didn't matter actually mattered a lot.
 
She squeezed her sister's hand and made an early birthday wish: May nothing ever, ever come between Keira and me. Nothing—big or small.
 


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The Other Half of My Heart 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Alyssa DiDonato More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i have ever read!!! Great!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This bookk is so good! I orginally read it because i had to for battle of the books at school and i'm so glad i did! A must-read!
Mary Catherine Coon More than 1 year ago
Read this book im twelve and i will never forget it i recemmended it to everyone any girl and boy will love it. I got in trouble for reading so late. READ THIS BOOK!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, warm, life changingly brilliant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an outstanding book and it really helps look at things in way you never have before and really helped put you in other people's shoes. It was so emotional and couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im reading this right now and I'm on chapter 1. I'm already in LOVE!!!<3 A one of my best friends recommended it to me today and even if it is $6.00 its pretty good! I'm REALLY excited to read more of it!!!! Its an MCBA book this year in Massachusetts and I'm so happy it is because I'll have a different reason to read it as well!! :) I recommend this book to ANYONE! As a fifth grade girl, I find this book TRAMENDOUSLY good! Good luck to any readers out there taking a risk to read this great book! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is full of emoition This book is loaded with a huge amount of emotion and trust. It was one of the best books ever wrote.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book alot i am on page 70
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very funny. I am almost done with the book. Grandmother johnson is very enteraining. I reccomend it.
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I love this book it is a great story that i wish i could read over and over again!it had a great topic and i love how the two sisters stood for what they new they shiuld and not giving up being downers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Minni and Keira are biracial twins.  They both are facing troubles in their life.  Keira doesn&rsquo;t fit in, in Washington where they originally grew up.  Their Grandmother Johnson enters them in an African American pageant called the Miss Black Pearl Pageant.  When they go to their grandmother&rsquo;s house in Raleigh, North Carolina to compete in the pageant, Minni gets picked on at the pageant because she is white and everybody else is African American.  This book was a very interesting book, it could be a very great book for people who like to read about racism.  The author of this book  is really great because he takes a story about two young girls like me and turns it into a magnificent story about the relationship between these two sisters.         One of the girls appears to be white and the other appears to be black.  Both girls are seen differently when they are actually twins.  They seem to struggle with what other people say and do to them.  This story shows how the girls unite to overcome all the bad stuff people say to them.   This book is about how the girls are struggling in their lives due to the fact that they are biracial.  This book shows how the girls try to overcome their struggles in a time of racism.  
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Mintheart More than 1 year ago
im reading this and i am bored to tears. Im reading this for Battle of the Books at my school or otherwise i would of dropped it. Sure it has a good message, but its not my kind of book
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