THE BLOSSOMING UNIVERSE OF VIOLET DIAMOND
New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014
IL 3-6, RL 4.6
biracial Violet has a loving family – Mom, sister Daisy,
Gam and Poppy – but she often feels out of place in Moon
Lake, Washington, a mostly white community. Her African
American father died before she was born and she has
never met his side of her family, until her grandmother
has an art exhibit in Seattle. Can she convince
her mother to take her to the art exhibit? And
will her grandmother accept her if she does? (Booktalk by Pennsylvania
Reader’s Choice Award Committee)
is like most of her friends: smart and funny, but her
biracial heritage sets her apart at her mostly white
school. People who don’t know her ask if she’s adopted,
which makes her outspoken and now curious about her
family. Though her deceased father’s family has never
sought her out, she sets out on a quest to meet them.
Will they accept her?
(Booktalk by the Louisiana
Young Readers' Choice Committee)
lives with her mother and sister in a mostly white town.
Growing up without her African American father has
been hard, and at the age of eleven, Violet wants to
know more about her father and her heritage.
Violet arranges a meeting to see her “Bibi”
(Swahili for “grandmother”) who she finds out lives in
Los Angeles. Bibi is an artist who will be
traveling to Seattle soon for an exhibit in the Museum
of Art. In a room full of paintings, people,
and hors d’oeuvres, Violet spots the artist Roxanne
Diamond. She holds out her hand and announces,
“I’m Violet, your granddaughter!”
|SUBJECTS: African Americans -- Fiction.
Family life -- Fiction.
Racially mixed people -- Fiction.