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From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun Woodson, Jacqueline 1 of 1
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 014241641X
ISBN-13: 9780142416419
Sku: 212752599
Publish Date: 7/8/2010
Pages:  131
Age Range:  14 to UP
Almost-fourteen-year-old Melanin Suns comfortable, quiet life is shattered when his mother reveals that she has fallen in love with a woman. *Author: Woodson, Jacqueline *Publication Date: 2010/07/08 *Number of Pages: 131 *Binding Type: Paperback *Grade Level: 7-9 *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.50
Thirteen-year-old Melanin Sun has always had a close relationship with his mother, a single parent. He is surprised when she tells him that she has fallen in love with a white woman. Worried that this relationship means that she doesn't love him, an African-American male, Melanin shuts his mother out of his life. After a confrontation, he agrees to spend the day with his mother and her partner, Kristen. It is through meeting Kristen that Melanin learns how important family is, and rejoices in the fact that his mother will always have a place for him in her life.
Author Bio
Jacqueline Woodson
Though she started her working life at the tender age of two as an Ebony magazine model for Alaga syrup, Jacqueline Woodson's first love was always writing. Growing up in North Carolina and Brooklyn, Woodson worked as a drama therapist for teens in need, before taking up writing full-time. She's the author of over 20 books for children of all ages, from picture books to young adult titles, including SHOW WAY and FEATHERS.


"Ms. Woodson, in this moving, lovely book, shows you Melanin's strength and sun shining through, and by the end the 'closed up space' inside him starts 'opening, growing, filling itself in.'" - Lois Metzger 07/16/1995

"What's beautifully dramatized here are Mel's hesitant social encounters: the scenes on the street, at the kitchen table, on the beach. Woodson writes dialogue that captures the lilt and drift and sudden spurts of conversation. There's intensity in the pauses between words and in the most casual line." - Hazel Rochman 04/15/1995

"Woodson sketches a compelling portrait of the intimacy of this mother-son relationship, characterized as much by silences as by conversation, so she has prepared a perfect canvas on which to layer the complexities of the situation." - Sonja Bolle 01/17/2010

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   10
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0131
Product attributePublisher:   Puffin Books
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