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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Other Half of My Heart by Sundee Frazier Book Review

Minni and Keira King are twin sisters and best friends who live in Port Townsend, Washington. The day they were born, they made news around the world: Keira is black like their Mama and Minni is white like their Daddy. They may look like a checkboard to the rest of the world, but they are a close-knit family.

When they turn 11, their Grandmother Johnson wants them to come to North Carolina to participate in the Miss Black Pearl Preteen of America program. Keira is excited to participate but Minni wants nothing to do with it. The girls, who have done everything together, decide they can get through this experience together. Grandmother Johnson can be quite formidable, but the girls often find ways to get back at her for her meanness. But as the week progresses, Minni learns how Keira feels living in almost all-white Port Townsend and their relationship grows tense. Will they make it through the week together or will the bond they've always shared be shattered?

Recommended for children ages 9 and up.

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