Thursday, July 29, 2010

IF YOU COME SOFTLY by Jacqueline Woodson

His parents are divorced. Her's are just barely together. She is thoughtful and sweet. He lives for basketball. He picks up her dropped books for her, and suddenly they feel so perfect for each other ... they understand each other completely. Yet Ellie's skin color is white; Miah's is black. The world has not accepted them.

This book very clearly expressed the problems of racial issues. Through the individual, personal thoughts of both of the main characters, readers glimpse the struggles of the two teens as they cope with other people's belief's about racism. The use of words conjured up a clear picture and understanding of this deep issue. I felt I was more fully aware with the issue of racism.

I'd recommend this book. The characters were well defined. It portrayed racial issues very clearly, and it was an enjoyable read.

Recommended for all teens.

SA in Greenville

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