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

Topic

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Separation; Abandonment; Interracial; interracial relationship; separated parents; abandoned by mother

Main Character

boy and girl

Race/Ethnicities

Black / White

Family Formation

single mother single father

Awards

Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2002 YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2002 Best of the Best Revisited (100 Best Books for Teens, 2001 Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, Fourteenth Edition, 2001 Bulletin Blue Ribbons, 1998 Capitol Choices, 1998 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 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 YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2009 Black-Eyed Susan Book Award, 2002 Gatewaty Readers Award, 2001 3rd Place Virginia Young Readers Program, 2001

Keywords

interracial dating; family life; schools; families; Jewish; New York City

Diversity Impact

direct

If You Come Softly

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