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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: June 2011 ISBN: 9780307879622
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The story of biracial twin sisters—one black, one white—and the summer that tests their strong bond, from the author of Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award-winner Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It.
 
When Minerva and Keira King were born, they made headlines: Keira is black like Mama, but Minni is white like Daddy. Together the family might look like part of a chessboard row, but they are first and foremost the close-knit Kings. Then Grandmother Johnson calls, to invite the twins down South to compete for the title of Miss Black Pearl Preteen of America.
     Minni dreads the spotlight, but Keira assures her that together they'll get through their stay with Grandmother Johnson. But when their grandmother's bias against Keira reveals itself, Keira pulls away from her twin. Minni has always believed that no matter how different she and Keira are, they share a deep bond of the heart. Now she'll find out whether that’s really true.

"One luminous pearl of a sister story."--RITA WILLIAMS-GARCIA, author of the Newbery Honor Award-winner One Crazy Summer

Winner of the Skipping Stone Honor Award
 
*"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
 
*"Not only does Frazier raise questions worth pondering, but her ability to round out each character, looking past easy explanations for attitude, is impressive. . . . A novel with a great deal of heart indeed."—Booklist, Starred


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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Montgomery | 1/21/2014

    " I downloaded this book from the Mesquite ISD digital library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/16/2014

    " Twin sisters Keira and Minerva have a unique life, beginning with their birth in the backseat of their father's airplane. Their father is white, their mother is black, and amazingly enough, one of the twins looks white and the other looks black. Their story is about racial issues, growing up, and gaining the self-confidence needed to make a difference in this world. It is a sweet story with some humorous parts and some great lessons about how to treat others, no matter what their skin color is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Anne | 1/14/2014

    " Less than I hoped it would be. An 11 year-old might enjoy the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamsyn | 1/8/2014

    " This book gets 3.5 stars. Well-told story about biracial twins, where one looks completely black and the other white, entered into a preteen "Miss Black Pearl" contest by their southern grandmother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 5/11/2013

    " I would consider using this book in a unit with Wonder by RJ Palacio. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 10/27/2012

    " I really wanted to love this book, but I didn't. I feel it moved slowly and just didn't think it was great. I loved the subject matter, and that alone gives it three stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 5/31/2012

    " Good story about twin mixed race girls coming to terms with bigotry and trying to maintain their loving bond with each other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 3/21/2012

    " Heart warming story about biracial twin girls who look nothing alike. In fact, one looks black and one white. Parents do a good job trying to bridge both worlds for them. One grandmother is on board, the other one learns a lesson from the twins. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/16/2012

    " Had a slow start but totally had me wrapped up in it by the end. Twins Minerva and Keira are daughters of a white father and black mother. It shouldn't be a big deal but unfortunately, in our society, it still is. As they work through hurdles and feelings about racism, we learn a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/8/2012

    " I think this book is a good addition to Battle of the Books. It portrays many of the issues facing mixed race children well. I will be very interested to see how my students receive it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 10/22/2011

    " Sweet book. I thought it was realistic in its portrayal of Minnie's feelings. And I loved the grandmothers. Both of them were extreme but funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 10/7/2011

    " They really hammered home the black/white every color is the same point here so much so that the book became too long with the same theme. The story would've been fine if they just mentioned it once or twice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 6/7/2011

    " Good story about twin mixed race girls coming to terms with bigotry and trying to maintain their loving bond with each other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 4/3/2011

    " Sweet book. I thought it was realistic in its portrayal of Minnie's feelings. And I loved the grandmothers. Both of them were extreme but funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/27/2011

    " Had a slow start but totally had me wrapped up in it by the end. Twins Minerva and Keira are daughters of a white father and black mother. It shouldn't be a big deal but unfortunately, in our society, it still is. As they work through hurdles and feelings about racism, we learn a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 1/4/2011

    " Minni and Keira are twins, but no one believes it because they don't look alike. One has light skin and the other has dark skin. (Their mom is black and their dad is white) When they enter The Miss Black Pearl Preteen America Pageant, will this difference break them apart? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 12/13/2010

    " when the "aboutness" of a book is so heavily tied up in the plotline it will inevitably come off as a bit didactic. An interesting meditation on racial identity nevertheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 12/5/2010

    " * sisters, family
    * race
    * twin sisters Keira and Minni learn what it means to be comfortable in their own skin while participating in a beauty/charachter pagent for young girls. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/2/2010

    " 3 1/2 stars. The author does a great job of relaying the subtleties of prejudice in our modern world. Great characters and real life situations.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meta | 11/21/2010

    " Twins, one black, one white, go to Grandmothers house to be in the "Miss Black Pearl" pagaent.
    "

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About the Narrator

Bahni Turpin has won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and several prestigious Audie Awards for her audiobook narrations, and Publishers Weekly magazine named her Narrator of the Year for 2016. She is an ensemble member of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She has guest starred in many television series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, What about Brian, and The Comeback. Film credits include Brokedown Palace, Crossroads, and Daughters of the Dust. She is also a member of the recording cast of The Help, which won numerous awards.