When the Black Girl Sings

When the Black Girl Sings

by Bil Wright

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Overview

Lahni Schuler is the only black student at her private prep school. She's also the adopted child of two loving, but white, parents who are on the road to divorce. Struggling to comfort her mother and angry with her dad, Lahni feels more and more alone. But when Lahni and her mother attend a local church one Sunday, Lahni hears the amazing gospel choir, and her life takes an unexpected turn.

It so happens that one of Lahni's teachers, Mr. Faringhelli, has nominated her for a talent competition, and she is expected to perform a song in front of the whole school. Lahni decides to join the church choir to help her become a better singer. But what starts out as a way to practice singing becomes a place of belonging and a means for Lahni to discover her own identity. In this moving book, acclaimed author Bil Wright tells the story of one girl's search to find a home where she truly belongs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416940036
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 04/07/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 649,461
Product dimensions: 6.98(w) x 4.26(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range: 12 - 14 Years

About the Author

Bil Wright is an award-winning novelist and playwright. His novels include Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy (Lambda Literary Award and American Library Association Stonewall Book Award), the highly acclaimed When the Black Girl Sings (Junior Library Guild selection), and the critically acclaimed Sunday You Learn How to Box. His plays include Bloodsummer Rituals, based on the life of poet Audre Lorde (Jerome Fellowship), and Leave Me a Message (San Diego Human Rights Festival premiere). He is the Librettist for This One Girl’s Story (GLAAD nominee) and the winner of a LAMI (La Mama Playwriting Award). An associate professor of English at CUNY, Bil Wright lives in New York City. Visit him at BilWright.com.

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When the Black Girl Sings 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
RoxxyRoxs811 More than 1 year ago
This was an AWESOME book. I believe this is a must read for girls especially. It teaches you that you need to believe in yourself & that no matter the color of your skin, or who or what your parents are. This book is amazing and helps you notice that you can be who want to be or do what you can if you just and trust in yourself. Believe you can do anything your mind sets you to and that with the help of God, you can do anything. You should buy this book whenever you can because i HIGHLY recomend it! This story made me notice no matter who I am, I can make myself do anything. This book lifts your spirit up and makes you notice things, you may have not even notice in life. READ THIS BOOK!!!! :)
DarleneGinn-Hargrove More than 1 year ago
WHAT A WONDERFUL STORY FOR YOUNG TEENS. THE TITLE OF THIS BOOK CAUGHT MY EYE WHEN I WAS IN THE LIBRARY, SO I DECIDED TO GIVE IT A READ. WHAT A BREATH OF FRESH AIR. I HAD A GREAT TIME READING ABOUT LAHNI SCHULER, A YOUNG GIRL TRYING TO COPE WITH BEING THE ONLY BLACK GIRL IN HER SCHOOL. BUT, IF THAT ISN'T HARD ENOUGH, SHE IS ALSO ADOPTED BY TWO LOVING WHITE PARENTS TRYING TO RAISE HER WHILE DECIDING TO GET A DIVORCE. LAHNI HAS A BEAUTIFUL VOICE WHICH IS A GIFT FROM GOD, AND SHE USES THAT AS AN ESCAPE AND A COPING DEVICE, FOR ALL THE CRAZINESS THAT IS GOING ON AROUND HER. A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL READ. ENJOY........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very inspiring and it teaches young girls that no matter what your race or your situation you can find yourself by expressing it through music or anything that shows your true self.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Lahni Schuler sometimes just doesn't understand her life.

She doesn't understand why a Caucasian couple would adopt an African American baby. She doesn't understand why they would enroll that girl in a private school where she is the only African American. She doesn't understand why some of the girls at the school are so snotty and so ignorant, especially towards her. And she definitely doesn't understand why her parents are continuously arguing, when just weeks ago they would all watch movies together as a happy family.

What she does know is that she doesn't fit in, that her comfort zone involves keeping to herself, sometimes not even telling her best friend, Katie, everything, and that she has to be strong, especially for her mother, and that somewhere inside she has this amazing voice.

Mr. Faringhelli knows this, too, and wants Lahni to sing in a competition. Of course, Lahni isn't so sure about this, since it is out of her comfort zone, and she just doesn't think she could do it. Then the perfect timing comes into place when she decides to sing for her church's choir; what better way to practice singing, especially in front of a live audience. She not only surprises herself with this bold move, but also her mother. It's finally a place for Lahni to improve, to fit in, to forget all of her worries that continue to trouble her. It is the perfect escape.

Even though she does have the choir to comfort her, she knows that she will still have to deal with the girls at her school, and with her father leaving all of the time on little trips during the week, acting clueless and not wanting to talk about the situation at all. And she still has to deal with the singing competition. Just as long as she knows she has her friends and the ones she loves by her side, she can accomplish anything.

WHEN THE BLACK GIRL SINGS is an inspirational story that will amaze all readers. The story of a girl who never fit in until she finally embraced her talent and turned it into something beautiful, shows how anyone, regardless of race, or gender, or size, can easily accomplish anything, just as long as they know they can. This is one well-written novel that will be enjoyed by generations to come.
mjsbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lahni Schuler is an African American girl adopted by a white couple who are going through a divorce. She finds both a sense of identity and a sense of healing by joining a gospel choir. Lahni is a well-drawn character and Wilson effectively portrays the nerve-wracking excitement of live performance.
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Sandra Rawlings More than 1 year ago
the fear we all have as we grow up .trying to fit in and discovering who and what we are! THEN WE OPEN OUR MOUTHS AND SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL COMES OUT FROM DEEP WITHIN US SOMETHING WE DID NOT KNOW WAS THERE!! what joy great story
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