Re: New kids' novel with biracial main character
- Sounds good, although I enjoy books,
I've always wondered if there would be
any stories with a biracial character,
only because it's not done too much,
but still, if I ever run across
it, I would love to check it out
Sundee Frazier <sundeefrazier@...> wrote:
I'm new to this group, but have enjoyed the posts so far.
My first children's novel (geared to 8-12) came out
last week, and I thought I'd let the group know
in case any of you are looking for resources.
Here's a brief description:
Like any good scientist, Brendan
Buckley is full of questions.
The one thing he knows not to ask about
is the white grandfather hes never met.
But then Brendan discovers him at a local
rock and mineral show, and all his plans for
the summer take a back seat to his new mission:
to find out where Grandpa DeBose has been . . .
And a few review blurbs:
Kirkus Reviews (Sept. 15, 2007):
"Brendan is an appealing character with a
sense of honor...curiosity and intelligence.
A good, accessible selection to inspire
discussion of racism and prejudice."
School Library Journal (Oct. 2007):
"This is an absorbing look at a 10-year-old boy ...
who collides into years of anger and hurt in his
family and must create a new identity for himself...
Frazier writes affectingly about what being
biracial means in 21st-century America."
The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN):
"This book portrays real feelings of a real
bi-racial kid growing up in today's society.
It's also just a fun read for kids, especially boys..."
(Bill's Best Books, June 2007)
Growing up as a child of one black parent, one white,
I didnt have books that reflected my family or me.
More are being written, but the need is still there for
positive portrayals of healthy interracial families and
African-American people engaging in non-stereotypical
activities (such as rock hounding and Tae Kwon Do).
I believe Brendans story provides both and hope
people of all races and ages will enjoy reading it!
PS -- I also wrote the book "Check All
That Apply" (for adults and teens).
More info available on my web
BRENDAN BUCKLEY'S UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING IN IT
(Delacorte Press/Random House)
**Biracial Brendan Buckley builds a secret friendship
with the white grandpa he's never known.**