Sep 26, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Please welcome back author Marilyn Hilton to Linden Tree as she presents her beautiful new novel-in-verse from Dial Books. This touching story is best for ages 8-12 and is already a bookseller favorite! RSVP is appreciated to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the book (Alison’s review):
The main character, Mimi, is half-Japanese, half-black, and grew up in Berkeley in the 60s. But then her father gets a job in Vermont, and just after New Year’s, Mimi and her mother Emiko go to meet him. The prose is all in verse, and it’s lovely. Mimi understands Japanese and knows a lot about the culture herself; she’s not a child that was looks down on, or has pulled away from, her mother’s culture. She has made it a part of herself. There’s racism in Vermont, and Mimi gets quietly tired of being asked, “What are you?” Still, her parents taught her to be respectful. And as a gifted, intelligent little girl, she gets confused when her teachers tell her she shouldn’t be scoring so well on her tests, because she is female. She’s even more confused when she gets laughed at for wanting to be an astronaut. Mimi is quietly persistent in what she believes, and navigates muddy waters with poise and charm. In middle grade fiction, family is so often avoided that it’s nice to see a functioning, loving family support each other the way they do in this book.