Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday Memes: The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice.

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.
Violet is a smart, funny, brown-eyed, brown-haired girl in a family of blonds. Her mom is white, and her dad, who died before she was born, was black. She attends a mostly white school where she sometimes feels like a brown leaf on a pile of snow. She’s tired of people asking if she’s adopted. Now that Violet’s eleven, she decides it’s time to learn about her African American heritage. And despite getting off to a rocky start trying to reclaim her dad’s side of the family, she can feel her confidence growing as the puzzle pieces of her life finally start coming together. Readers will cheer for Violet, sharing her joy as she discovers her roots.
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."


  1. Love that page 56 quote. Thanks for sharing. Here is my post: Mixed Book Bag

  2. I love the author's comparison of fading dreams to snowflakes. Lovely. I'd enjoy this book. Here's the link to my Friday post: WEB OF TYRANNY.

  3. Love the opening and the page 56 quote. Sounds like a great book.

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  4. LOL @ the 56, and yes to the beginning!

    Happy weekend!

  5. Sounds interesting and the Friday 56 made me smile.

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  6. Sounds like a great book and the beginning is lovely. Thanks for sharing this one with BBOF!