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From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun (edition 2010)

by Jacqueline Woodson, Jacqueline Woodson (Author)

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Title:From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun
Authors:Jacqueline Woodson
Other authors:Jacqueline Woodson (Author)
Info:Puffin (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 176 pages
Collections:Disability/ LGBTQ, African American, Chapter Books
Tags:Family, Fitting in, Acceptance, Homosexuality, African American, School

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From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson


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Grade 7-11. Fourteen-year-old Melanin Sun has a lot to say?not out loud, but in notebooks he keeps. Named for his dark skin, he knows about being on the outside of things. "Difference matters," he writes early on. What follows is not the usual identity crisis, however. His mother, a law student who sometimes acts more like a best friend, tells him she's in love with a woman?a white one, at that. His reaction is negative, strong, and hurtful. Nonetheless, at the end, Melanin seems to have sorted out his feelings?slowly, believably?and recognized in his mother and her lover a vulnerability he feels himself for other reasons. He comes around because of who he is, not because it's the "right" thing to do. Woodson has made Melanin an affecting and memorable, even admirable, character. Once thought "slow" in school because of his reticence, he is in fact a well-read, gifted young man with a talent for writing. The author effectively alternates excerpts from his notebooks?the thoughts intended for his own eyes only?with first-person descriptions of the action. Unfortunately, neither the cover nor the title will draw kids in; the book will need introduction and perhaps booktalking.?Claudia Morrow, Berkeley Public Library, CA.
  rschwed | Oct 5, 2013 |
Jacqueline Woodson is a master of the written word and the young teenage voice. ( )
  Sassy_Seshat | Apr 30, 2012 |
  yasarah | Oct 26, 2007 |

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0590458817, Mass Market Paperback)

Jacqueline Woodson's remarkable, award-winning story of a boy coming to grips a sudden change in his family.

Melanin Sun's mother has some big news: she's in love with a woman. Now he has many decisions to make: Should he stand by his mother even though it could mean losing his friends? Should he abandon the only family he's ever known? Either way, Melanin Sun is about to learn the true meaning of sacrifice, prejudice, and love.

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Fourteen-year-old Melanin Sun's comfortable, quiet life is shattered when his mother reveals she has fallen in love with a woman.

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