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The Other Half of My Heart by Sundee T. Frazier

Book Summary

This book is about twins who enter a beauty program at the behest of their grandmother, and they deal with various issues related to identity with regard to skin color, since one twin has dark skin and the other has light skin.
The Other Half of My Heart book cover
The Other Half of My Heart

Book Review

I think many students could connect to the feeling of being left out or afraid to speak up about issues, but I can see how my Canadian students might not relate to this book - the racial tensions in the U.S. are different, and the focus on skin color in this book might almost seem exaggerated to readers who don't experience those tensions. Any readers who like stories about friends, sisters, or mothers and daughters - will probably enjoy this story.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Family Relationships
  • Skin Color and Identity
  • Beauty Pageants
  • Twins

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

**Questions coming soon**

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