DIVerse Families
 
If You Come Softly

Title

If You Come Softly

Publisher

Putnam's

Publication Year

1998

ISBN

9780399231124

Pages

181 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

After meeting at their private school in New York, fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and whose parents are separated, and Ellie, who is white and whose mother has twice abandoned her, fall in love and then try to cope with people's reactions.

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

HL570L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Separation; Interracial; Race discrimination separated parents; two homes; separate homes; interracial relationship; racism; prejudice

Main Character

male teenager; female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Black / White

Family Formation

separated mother and father; mother and father

Awards

Black-Eyed Susan Book Award, 2001, Winner, High School
Gateway Readers Award, 2001, 3rd Place
Virginia Young Readers Program, 2001, Winner, High School
Best of the Best Revisited (100 Best Books for Teens), 2001 Fiction
Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, Fourteenth Edition, 2001
Bulletin Blue Ribbons, 1998 Fiction
Capitol Choices, 1998 Fourteen and Up
Kaleidoscope, A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K-8, Third Edition, 2001
Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000
Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, Fiction
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, 1998 Fiction
Senior High Core Collection, Seventeenth Edition, 2007
Senior High School Library Catalog, Sixteenth Edition, 2002
Senior High School Library Catalog, Supplement to the Fifteenth Edition, 1999
Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association, 1999
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 1999 Top 10
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2009 Death and Dying
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2002 Tales of the Cities

Keywords

dating; family life; schools; Jewish; Judaism; New York City, New York; celebrity parents; police shooting

Diversity Impact

direct

If You Come Softly


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