The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods
Posted by Caitie F on January 3, 2014
Summary from pub:
Violet is a smart, funny, brown-eyed, brown-haired girl in a family of blonds. Her mom is white, and her dad, who died before she was born, was black. She attends a mostly white school where she sometimes feels like a brown leaf on a pile of snow. She’s tired of people asking if she’s adopted. Now that Violet’s eleven, she decides it’s time to learn about her African American heritage. And despite getting off to a rocky start trying to reclaim her dad’s side of the family, she can feel her confidence growing as the puzzle pieces of her life finally start coming together. Readers will cheer for Violet, sharing her joy as she discovers her roots.
This book came to me at work and I was really excited. I am always looking for diversity in middle grade books with real characters and stories.
Violet is amazing. She talked and acted like kids actually talk and act. She was very well-behaved but was not perfect, especially when she was in uncomfortable situations or frustrated with the world. She is smart and kind, but like everyone, does things she shouldn’t have but she learns from it.
Race is what is in the center of this book. VIolet loves her family, but sometimes feels out of place. People look at her funny when her Mom introduces her as her daughter and she gets treated differently. Her father’s family never had an interest in getting to know her, but she reaches out even though the results might not be so good. She handles herself with such poise and bravery that it had me in tears.
I don’t want to spoil what happens next, but you will tear up many times at her strength, laugh at her cleverness, and cheer for her entire family.
This is a wonderful book that centers around an important topic, but is really about one character that won’t leave your mind anytime soon.