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The Other Half of My Heart

Title

The Other Half of My Heart

Publisher

Delacorte Press

Publication Year

2010

ISBN

9780385734400

Pages

304 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

3-5, 6-8

Lexile Measure

750L

Diversity Topics

Racial Diversity; Biracial; Interracial; biracial children; mixed race; interracial family; interracial parents

Main Character

female children

Race/Ethnicities

African American / White

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

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

Keywords

twins; sisters; identity; prejudice; beauty contests; grandmothers

Diversity Impact

direct

The Other Half of My Heart


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