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The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods. 222 p. Nancy Paulsen Books/ Penguin Group (USA), January, 2014. 9780399257148. (Purchased.)
Publisher synopsis: Coretta Scott King Honor winner Brenda Woods’ moving, uplifting story of a girl finally meeting the African American side of her family explores racism and how it feels to be biracial, and celebrates families of all kinds.
First line: Did you ever have a dream that's so good, you wish you could save it forever instead of having it go back to that place in your mind where dreams become quieter than whispers, quiet like snowflakes falling?
Page 56: "Your mom didn't kill you," she declared.
I waved my arm in front of me as if to say I'm right here and replied, "Do I look dead?"
"You could be a ghost. Maybe I see dead people."