Shine (Short Story): A Short Story

Shine (Short Story): A Short Story

by Jodi Picoult

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Jodi Picoult tackles issues of race and privilege in this ebook original short story, a prequel to her upcoming novel Small Great Things. In “Shine,” the master storyteller and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time and My Sister’s Keeper introduces readers to the unforgettable Ruth Brooks.
Today is Ruth’s first day of third grade at Dalton. The prestigious institution on New York’s Upper East Side couldn’t be more different from her old school in Harlem. Despite being the smartest girl in her grade, Ruth suspects that her classmates and teachers only see her dark skin. She also notices that Christina, the daughter of her mother’s employer, treats Ruth very differently when they’re hanging out with the popular girls rather than playing together. Ruth must navigate between two worlds, never losing sight of the dreams she has for herself—in hopes that someday, someone will see her for who she really is.
Includes a preview of Jodi Picoult’s highly anticipated new novel, Small Great Things!
Praise for Jodi Picoult
“Picoult writes with unassuming brilliance.”—Stephen King
“It’s hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes.”Financial Times
“Picoult writes with a fine touch, a sharp eye for detail, and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships.”The Boston Globe
“Picoult is a master of the craft of storytelling.”—Associated Press

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399178535
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 36
Sales rank: 52,580
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels, including Small Great Things, Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She is also the author, with daughter Samantha van Leer, of two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page. Picoult lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.


Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

May 19, 1966

Place of Birth:

Nesconset, Long Island, NY


A.B. in Creative Writing, Princeton University; M.A. in Education, Harvard University

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Shine (Short Story): A Short Story 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great back story to her newest novel that will be available on October 11, 2016. I've already fallen in love with the characters & can't wait for the new book!
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Shine is a prequel to Small Great Things, the 22nd full length novel by American author, Jodi Picoult. Eight-and-a-half year-old Ruth Brooks has just started at a new school. She loves learning, especially about the stars. She’s the only black girl at the prestigious Dalton School; she’s there on a scholarship, and she’s smart. But even though no one is openly racist, it’s still there. Ruth’s mother, Lou works for Ms Mina, and Ruth’s best friend is Mina’s daughter, Christina. But at school, Christina is different. Ruth isn’t included. Her teacher, Ms Thomas is always kind and inspiring; her classmates are not; her older sister Rachel opens her eyes to reality; her Mama is fiercely supportive. An excellent taste of Small Great Things, an excerpt of which is included.
BrandyGirl More than 1 year ago
I already read Small Great Things but I enjoyed reading this prequel to that story. The main character gave me some insight to the kind of racism she endured as a child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this!
Karen6 More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed in this short story mostly because of the short choppy sentences which made for extremely annoying reading. Storyline boring - only read up to half the 49 pages - just had no desire to finish. I've read every single book by Jodi Picoult - I must say this was not her usual story telling - don't know that I would be interested in Small Great Things because of this disappointment.