The Other Half of My Heart
Twin daughters of interracial parents, eleven-year-olds Keira and Minna have very different skin tones and personalities, but it is not until their African American grandmother enters them in the Miss Black Pearl Pre-Teen competition in North Carolina that red-haired and pale-skinned Minna realizes what life in their small town in the Pacific Northwest has been like for her more outgoing, darker-skinned sister.
Racial Diversity; Biracial; Interracial; biracial children; mixed race; interracial family; interracial parents
African American / White
mother and father
Skipping Stones Honor Award, 2011, Winner, Multicultural And International
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2011 Ages (9 to 12)
Booklist Book Review Stars, 2010
Choices, 2011 Children's Fiction
Kirkus Best Children's Books, 2010
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2010
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2011 Social Interactions and Relationship
twins; sisters; identity; prejudice; beauty contests; grandmothers
Frazier, Sundee Tucker, "The Other Half of My Heart" (2010). Diverse Families. 203.