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American Ace

Title

American Ace

Authors

Marilyn Nelson

Publisher

Dial Books

Publication Year

2016

ISBN

9780803733053

Pages

128 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel in verse

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Sixteen-year-old Connor tries to help his severely depressed father, who learned upon his mother's death that Nonno was not his biological father, by doing research that reveals Dad's father was probably a Tuskegee Airman.

Grade Level

6-8, 9-12

Lexile Measure

780L

Topic

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Disability and Health; Family member death; Biracial; Multiracial; Illness; death of a grandmother; biracial adult; mixed race family; stroke

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

African American / White

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Kirkus Book Review Stars, October 1, 2015
Cybils Awards, 2016, Nominee, Poetry
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2017 Ages (12 to 14)

Keywords

family life; fathers and sons; Tuskegee Airmen; hospital; truth; identity; research; recovery

Diversity Impact

direct

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