Recommended for Readers
in Grades 5 and up
2010 - Kirkus Reviews - Best Children's Books
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.
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.
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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