by Kekla Magoon
Though somewhat formulaic and with a few one-dimensional characters, this was a quick middle grade read that easily addresses a very important topic. Ella has trouble accepting her racial identity because it literally is written all over her face and is commented on every day. She is biracial and has mottled skin, allowing some bullies at school to tease her mercilessly. It is not until another black student, one who becomes very, very popular, comes to her school and stands up for her, that her classmates see how hurtful they were being, thus allowing Ella to begin to find self-acceptance.
This book was easy to read and enjoyable. It directly addresses a problem that many kids face today, self acceptance and discrimination. There is definitely an audience out there for this book.
Full disclosure: Borrowed from my library