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Hilton, Marilyn. 
New York : Dial Books, 2015.
IL 5-8, RL 4.8
ISBN 0525428755

(3 booktalks)

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Booktalk 1

The year is 1969, and seventh grader Mimi and her parents have moved from Berkeley, California to rural Vermont. Mimi, half African American and half Japanese, stands out from her predominantly white classmates and neighbors. She is met with prejudice and struggles to find acceptance. On top of the prejudice she faces due to her race, Mimi also faces other challenges. She wants to pursue science, but many people quickly dismiss her dreams of becoming an astronaut solely because she is a girl. She is told that she must take home ec when she really wants to take shop class, and she is discouraged from entering the school science competition. Mimi hears the word ďnoĒ over and over again, yet despite all obstacles, she and her dreams refuse to falter. 
(Vermont DCF Book Award 2017)

Booktalk #2

In 1969 Mimís family moves to  Vermont, where Mimi's mixed-race background and interests in science make it difficult to fit in with her peers. Most girls in 1969 leave math, science, and shop class to the boys. Mimi is a girl who wants to learn about carpentry in shop class and enter the science competitions sponsored by her school.  Most families in Mimiís new hometown are caucasian. Mimiís father is black and her mother is Japanese. Mimi dreams of becoming an astronaut. She envisions herself flying to the moon like the men aboard Apollo 11, but everyone tells her this is an impossible dream. After experiencing many hardships, Mimi learns one person speaking up can make a difference. This novel told in verse is historical yet timely.   (Oklahoma Childrenís Sequoyah 2018)

Booktalk #3

All Mimi wants is to be an astronaut, but being a female with Japanese and African-American parents in 1969 Vermont comes with its own challenges. As she makes new friends and overcomes the barriers around her, she realizes what is really important. (Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award nominee, 2018)

SUBJECTS:     Novels in verse.
                        Racially mixed people -- Fiction.
                        Sex role -- Fiction.

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