By Sharon M. Draper

Hi! Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong? Well, Isabella has. In fact, she has felt like she hasn’t ever belonged her entire life. Isabella had just turned eight years old when her parents divorced. But this was a different kind of divorce. Her dad was black and her mom was white, which meant that Isabella came from two entirely different worlds. Isabella was bronze-colored, which is a complete mix of white and black. This made it hard for her to fit in either world. 

Her mom’s house was small and neat, and for some reason, her mom seemed to think that Isabella loved the color green. So she would go out of her way to buy her green everything. Her mom was currently dating a man named John Mark. 

Her dad had a huge house. He had a lot of money. He was dating a girl named Anastasia. He had also hired a piano instructor for Isabella. Isabella loved piano, so this was the best thing that her father could ever get her. 

Every week, Isabella swapped houses and parents. One week, she would be with her mom and John Mark, and the next week she would be with her dad and Anastasia. Isabella had been going to school for awhile. She was excited that they had gym for last period because then, instead of having to go through your classes all sweaty, you got to go home and take a shower immediately after. But, this afternoon in History class, Isabella was learning about civil rights and how unfair white people used to treat African Americans. They would do horrible things to them that I won’t even mention in this review. Then, in gym class, Isabella’s best friend, Imani was getting back from a fun volleyball game, when she went to her locker and inside, there was a weapon that white people used to use on black people to hurt them!

Who would do such a thing? What would happen to Imani? Will anything else like this happen in the book? As I always say, read the book to find out!

A few helpful things I like to say about the books I read:

“Run and Get Mom” (how I describe the scariness factor – zero being not scary at all and five being majorly scary): 5 (Watch out - there were some serious scary parts in this book. If you don’t like scariness, do not - I repeat, DO NOT read this book!)

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“Yucky-Lovey Stuff” (how I describe the romance factor – zero having no yucky-lovey parts in it and five having major yucky-lovey parts): 2


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I give this book 5 wands.
This book was outstanding! It showed me how to respect someone who doesn’t look the exact same way as you. I feel like the two books that I have read from Sharon Draper have shown me how to respect and accept how someone is different from me. (The other book of hers is Out of My Mind. Click here to read my review of that book.)