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From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun

Title

From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun

Publisher

Scholastic

Publication Year

1995

ISBN

9780590458818

Pages

141 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Almost-fourteen-year-old Melanin Sun's comfortable, quiet life is shattered when his mother reveals she has fallen in love with a woman.

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

690L

Topic

Racial Diversity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Interracial; Homosexuality; interracial relationship; lesbian mother; lesbian adult; same-sex relationship

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

African American / White

Family Formation

mother

LGBTQ+

lesbian females

Awards

Jane Addams Children's Book Award, 1996, Honor Book, Longer Book
Lambda Literary Award, 1995, Winner
Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, Thirteenth Edition, 1997
Kaleidoscope, A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K-8, Second Edition, 1997
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 1995
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, Fiction
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, 1995 Fiction
Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association, 1996
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 1996
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2006 GLBTQ
Young Adults' Choices, 1997

Keywords

race; parents dating; acceptance; journal entries; prejudice

Diversity Impact

direct

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