My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: March 3rd, 2020
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 8+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Sports, Siblings, Racism, Respect, Family
This is a book that will capture your heart from the beginning. If you’re familiar with Jewell Parker Rhodes’ writings, get excited because she delivers more emotional content and beautifully poetic prose that is sure to move you and remind you that there is humanity left in this world.
Donte isn’t feeling too good. People—more specifically Alan—make fun of him and insult him for being the black brother to his white-skinned brother Trey. Blood is blood, but not to people like Alan, who like putting others down and explore vulnerabilities. Donte has enough of being targeted so he will fight Alan fair and square in a fencing match. But first, he needs to learn how…
The whole cast in this story is like a family, showing that there truly is a family you are born with and one that you choose or that come into your like along the way. A fate family. One you never thought you would get. Donte makes such a family at the fencing club where he begins his training. It’s not easy, and not everyone is welcoming him with open arms. He will have to prove himself. Prove he really wants to learn, in the right way and for the right reasons.
Another fantastic story by Jewell Parker Rhodes.
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