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Black, White, Other

In Search of Nina Armstrong

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Nina never thought much about her biracial heritage until her parents divorced. Now both of Nina’s parents are trying to assert their cultural identity upon her, while in her hometown of Los Angeles, racial tensions flare, leaving Nina feeling caught in the battle. Conflicted and alone, Nina turns to the story of her great-great-grandmother who esc
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Identity Crisis.

As a biracial teen, Nina is accustomed to a life of varied hues—mocha-colored skin, ringed brown hair streaked with red, a black father, a white mother. When her parents decide to divorce, the rainbow of Nina’s existence is reduced to a much starker reality. Shifting definitions and relationships are playing out all around her, and new boxes and lines seem to be drawn every day.

Between the fractures within her family and the racial tensions splintering her hometown, Nina feels caught in perpetual battle. Stranded in a nowhere land of ethnic boundaries, and struggling for personal independence and identity, Nina turns to the story of her great-great-grandmother’s escape from slavery in hopes of finding her own compass to help navigate the challenges before her.

"Lester conjures a credible plot and complications; divorce is a fact of life and racially mixed heritage is conspicuously becoming one. The simple contrapuntal narrative of Sarah Armstrong's escaping slavery distinguishes the book emotionally and psychologically, raising it above other issue-oriented Young Adult novels. Lester writes with social sensitivity and an ear for teen language and concerns. This is engaging treatment of a challenging subject that comes with little precedent." * -- Starred Publishers Weekly Review

"The tenderness and truth of your book moved my heart. As well as the enormous love you have." -- Alice Walker 

"Teens will be caught by the alternating stories, and yes, by the messages about...prejudice, then and now, which will make for great group discussion." -- Booklist

Contributor(s) Joan Steinau Lester
About the Contributor(s) Joan Steinau Lester

Joan Steinau Lester, Ed.D., is the author of three previous books, the most recent Mama’s Child, as well as Fire in My Soul, a civil rights biography of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. Her first YA novel, Black, White, Other, was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize. The former Executive Director of the Equity Institute, a national diversity consulting firm, she is also a frequent NPR commentator and print columnist.

 

UPC 025986761516
ISBN-10 0310761514
ISBN-13 9780310761518
Publish Date Jan 3, 2017
Weight (lbs) 0.6500
Height 8.40
Width 5.40
Length 224
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Blink
Price $8.99
Format Paperback
Language English

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