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The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

by Brenda Woods

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"The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond," was an amazing story of a biracial girl, Violet Diamond. She lives with her mother and sister, who are both white. Violet's father died in a car accident before she was born, so she never got the chance to meet him. She lives in Moon Lake, Washington, where she sometimes feels "like a single fallen brown leaf atop a blanket of fresh snow. Alone." There are mostly whites in Moon Lake and only two other biracial kids in her school. Violet is tired of people looking at her with question marks in their eyes, wondering if she is adopted. As the chapter's in this book continued, Violet's character grew bigger and bigger. Violet has never met the black side of her family before. She discovers that her father's mother, Roxanne Diamond, who is a famous artist, was coming to Seattle to show her paintings at an art museum. Violet's mother agrees to take her to meet her grandmother whom she has never met before. They have a bumpy start, but before long, Roxanne Diamond and Violet are on a plane together, heading to Los Angeles, California. During the flight, Roxanne suggests that Violet calls her, "Bibi," which is Swahili for 'grandmother.' Violet liked that a lot. The two of them get to know each other as they plan an adventure for each day that Violet is there. Violet meets the black side of her family, which makes her feel as if she belongs. This part of the book was the climax for me as Violet's character does a major transformation, going from a boring life and being the only black girl to a life full of adventure where she feels like she fits in. Towards the end of the story, Violet finds Bibi lying on the floor, not breathing. Violet immediately calls 9-1-1 and soon finds out that the rooms in Bibi's heart wasn't working correctly; she had a heart attack. Violet fears that she will lose Bibi, just as she lost her father. She decides to kneel and pray to God, which is something she didn't normally do. Her prayers were answered; Bibi was going to be okay. Although she had to go back to Moon Lake with her mother, Violet was going back to visit Bibi during Christmas time. Even better than that, Bibi was going to join Violet and her family this August when they went to the mountain cabin. Violet loved Bibi, and she loved Violet. Violet's character finally accepted who she was; 50% white, 50% black = 100% Violet Diamond. ( )
  baucoin | Sep 20, 2017 |
Violet tells her story of her life as a biracial 11-year-old. Most families around her have what she describes a "real family"; a mom, dad, and their children. This was not the case for Violet. Her dad died when she was young. Violet's dad was black while her mom was white and since her dad died, she was the only one in her family that had dark skin. Along with her family being white, she lived in a city where the majority of people were white, too.

If Violet's life represented a puzzle, she was missing quite a few pieces and she could feel that. All Violet ever wanted was a "real family" (her mom, sister, and dad) so when she was seen with all three, the public would understand, oh she is biracial by looking at her dad and mom. Instead of people looking at her funny when she was out with her family due to the skin color issue. When Violet finds her missing puzzle pieces, she also discovers she is unique, beautiful, and proud of her family background of her dad's side. She changes her wish from being a real family (to stop the nasty looks) to herself discovering her dad's side of the family and being proud of what she looks like and why. She needed to discover her missing puzzle pieces in her life and she did not find this out until she hung out with her dad's family during the summer.

I would say the theme of the book is to discover who you are and be proud of it. Everyone is different in each and every way and that is perfectly okay. This does not refer only to race, but to other scenarios that make you different.

Violet had a 500-page journal that she wrote in, daily. In her journal, it included: new words & their definitions, wishes, & dreams to always remember. This journal helped Violet with her thoughts and learning new words. She used her big words and things she research to spark up conversations with people to show them how smart she was. By doing this, it also helped her feel a bit more confident in her self because people focused more on praising how smart she was instead of questioning her looks.

This book can relate to any race (minority or majority).
Readers can also relate to this, other than race, by being different, unique, or feeling out of place. It allows the readers to connect with what Violet Diamond is going through and how she, her family, and the outside world handles the big issue of being/looking different. ( )
  Cmollere2012 | Sep 15, 2017 |
The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond is a very touching story about a biracial girl finding her place in the world. Her father passed away, and she is raised by her white mother along with her white sister. She lives in a predominantly white community, and feels that a huge part of her life is missing. She seeks out her father's mother to have a better understanding of her African-American culture, and "blossoms" into a confident, self-loving young lady. ( )
  nfernan1 | Sep 15, 2017 |
Violet Diamond is a biracial little girl who lives with her white mother and sister in a almost all white community. Violet's father passed away before she was born so she never knew her black side of her family. She feels out of place and is trying to understand who she really is. When she meets her grandmother from her fathers side, and spends some time with her she really begins to understand herself without having the insecurities of a missing identity. Her wishes turn into prayers and soon become a reality. Violet has more of a sense of meaning and love for herself. Her mystery background is solved, just by meeting her fathers side of the family and learning about her culture. ( )
  charlsea | Sep 14, 2017 |
This book can be very relatable to children of all races. Growing up, many children feel out of place or like the pieces of a puzzle are missing. Violet being biracial and only knowing one side of her family felt very out of place especially in a mostly white community. I like how Brenda Woods also had some of Violet's friends with different cultures. Violet was a smart young girl always striving to learn knew things. She did this in her journal, but writing new words and definitions so she could expand her vocabulary. While learning about her background and her fathers side of the family, Violet became more confident in herself. In the beginning, she would compare her hair and her skin to her mother's and sisters, but towards the end of the book after spending time her African American family, she grew to love her self and all of her features including her hair and skin. ( )
  rmajeau | Sep 14, 2017 |
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Coretta Scott King Honor winner Brenda Woods’ moving, uplifting story of a girl finally meeting the African American side of her family explores racism and how it feels to be biracial, and celebrates families of all kinds.

Violet is a smart, funny, brown-eyed, brown-haired girl in a family of blonds. Her mom is white, and her dad, who died before she was born, was black. She attends a mostly white school where she sometimes feels like a brown leaf on a pile of snow. She’s tired of people asking if she’s adopted. Now that Violet’s eleven, she decides it’s time to learn about her African American heritage. And despite getting off to a rocky start trying to reclaim her dad’s side of the family, she can feel her confidence growing as the puzzle pieces of her life finally start coming together. Readers will cheer for Violet, sharing her joy as she discovers her roots.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:14 -0400)

"A biracial girl finally gets the chance to meet the African American side of her family"--Provided by publisher.

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