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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (404 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sundee T. Frazier Narrator: Bahni Turpin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Mama was always pointing out that of the millions of genes that made them all human, only seven or eight told their skin what color to be. A minuscule number, she said. A very small difference.
So that was what Minni chose to believe, even though somewhere deep inside her brain, in a little drawer she rarely let herself open, lived the concern that the difference she'd been assured didn't matter actually mattered a lot.
She squeezed her sister's hand and made an early birthday wish: May nothing ever, ever come between Keira and me. Nothing—big or small.
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  • Funny and deeply affecting, this novel by the Steptoe Award winner for Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything in It (2007) revisits the still largely unexplored world of multiracial heritage...Frazier highlights the contradictions, absurdities, humor and pain that accompany life as a mixed-race tween. Never didactic, this is the richest portrait of multiracial identity and family since Virginia Hamilton's 1976 novel Arilla Sun Down. An outstanding achievement. Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • A novel with a great deal of heart indeed... Booklist, starred review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mckenzie Squires | 2/14/2014

    " The Other Half of my Heart is about twins who face the troubles of their skin being different colors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hollijo | 2/9/2014

    " Lovely novel about twins who are each born with a different skin color - one black, one white. This book show their struggle as they try to find their place in their family and in the world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by LJ | 2/8/2014

    " This book is about twin eleven-year-olds, Keira and Minerva, "Minni" King who are biracial. Keira has dark skin and curly hair, Minni has white skin and almost-straight, red hair. Their mother is black, their father, white. They live in a small town in Washington state, where there are exactly two black people, Keira and her mother, as one of their mother's friends callously points out. Minni is hurt when she overhears this statement. She feels keenly her lack of any outward signs that she is black and bemoans her lack of belonging. The story is told from Minni's perspective, so we don't get much of a sense of how Keira feels about herself and where she belongs, especially in the beginning. It does get a tiny bit tiresome to read Minni's complaints. We can only imagine that it's not easy for Keira in her hometown. In spite of her vivacious, upbeat personality it is challenging to be the only black kid in her class. Minni, with all her awkward shyness, is still more accepted. The tables turn when Keira and Minni go south to compete in the "Miss Black Pearl" scholarship program. There Keira has to deal with prejudice that she isn't really qualified to compete since she's not dark-skinned, and Keira, with her dark skin and curly hair, must contend with the prejudice that she is too dark. Added in the mix is Grandmother Johnson, "Pain-in-the-Butt" Payne, who hosts the girls during their bid for the crown. She hold her own hurtful views about Keira's appearance as she tries to groom the girls for success in the competition. It's a nice way of introducing young, independent readers to some civil rights history--they visit an African American History museum with their grandmother--and learn about some confusing aspectes about prejudice, but in the end, the book seems a bit heavy-handed and sentimental overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by C. | 1/26/2014

    " Cute, thought provoking book about a set of interracial twins. They have a white father and a black mother and are one of very few sets of twins that are born one black and one white. There are some great characters in the book and some interesting musings about what makes us who we are. It took me a while to get into it, but I ended up really liking it. "

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