he Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods was a great story about an eleven year old character who I fell in love with immediately. The book blurb states, "Violet is a smart, funny, brown-eyed, brown-haired girl in a family of blonds." Violet's mother is white and her father is black. But her father died before she was born and she is struggling with not knowing about that side of her family. This is a great story about family and identity and love. It hits on issues of race in ways that are honest and accessible to 10-12 year olds. I loved this character so much--she is spunky and smart and strong. She is definitely a character that will stay with me for a while.
I am embarrassed to say that I don't remember whether or not I read Elijah of