The Other Half of My Heart

The Other Half of My Heart

by Sundee T. Frazier

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ISBN-13: 9780440240068
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/14/2011
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 330,782
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 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 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
dylemon on LibraryThing 3 months ago
For me, this novel captured what it feels like to live in a biracial family. There is, in a sense, a societal demand to ¿choose¿ to identify yourself as one race. The scene where the two sisters are treated differently when dress shopping hit home for me.
Booklady123 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Description:The close relationship of a pair of biracial twins is tested when their grandmother enters them in a pageant for African American girls in this new story from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award winner Sundee T. Frazier.¿ ¿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 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 the truth.I truly enjoyed this book. It is one of those books that I would recommend to my 5th graders as well as to teens and adults. This contemporary book is a serious look at racial issues (and for those who may think we have moved beyond those issues, this book will make you rethink that). It also has many light hearted moments. Grandmother Johnson provides quite a bit of comic relief.Two things could have made this book better. One is a better cover. It just doesn¿t do the story justice. It looks so serious some readers may pass it by. Second is to have had some of the story told from Keira¿s view. We do get some insight to her feelings, but the story is basically Minni¿s. It would have been interesting to have the chapters switch back and forth between the girls ¿ comparing and contrasting how the various events in book impact them. In addition to exploring race issues, the story shows the struggle of being yourself and being accepted for who you are. It also covers the bond between sisters, especially twins. Even though the girls do experience different feelings and challenges which does cause some tension between them, Frazier created a strong bond between the girls, one that can stand up to a little strain and tension. Keira truly is the other half of Minni¿s heart.This is an excellent book. Though I didn¿t plan this, it turned out to be an excellent book to read around Martin Luther King, Jr.¿s birthday. (Dr. King is Minni¿s hero and is mentioned frequently in the book.)Recommended for Third Grade and up.Mrs. Archer¿s Rating: 5 of 5
skstiles612 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Minnie and Keira are twins. They were born only seven minutes apart. However, Minni was born with reddish blond hair and white skin like her daddy. Keira was born with "cinnamon-brown" skin and dark curly hair like her mother. The girls are sent from Washington to North Caroline to visit their grandmother. She has entered them in the Miss Black Pear contest. For the first time, Keira feels like she fits in. Minni suddenly feels like she doesn't belong as they question whether she qualifies to be in the contest. This is a story that shows the struggle of being accepted for who you are no matter what your color. It also show how strong the bonds between sisters and especially twins are. This was an excellent book.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Biracial twin sisters Keira and Minerva don't look anything alike. Keira is dark-skinned like her African-American mother and Minnie has blue eyes and light skin like her white father. Growing up in a small Washington State town, Keira is the one who always feels different and sometimes wrong. But when their grandmother insists on entering both girls in the Miss Black Pearl Preteen of America program in her hometown of Raleigh, NC, Minnie will discover what it's like to be the one who doesn't fit in. And seeing the world from Keira's eyes will help her find the voice she so desperately wants to shout down injustice. I love the premise, but the story fell a little flat for me. I felt like it was slow going at the beginning without many opportunities for Bahni Turpin's excellent narration to shine. When the twins arrived in Raleigh, Turpin's voice for Grandmother Johnson brought me back into the story and that's what I liked best about the whole book. It slowed down for me again at the end when Grandmother Johnson wasn't as prevalent. And I think that shows you what I thought of the book overall, that even with this fabulous premise, the most interesting character was an adult.
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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Read it
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Hi its emma i already read this book and why did u recommend to me "sex possisions"