Grades 9 - 12
Grade level Equivalent: 7.1
Lexile® Measure: 690L
Guided Reading: Z
- Young Adult
- Changes and New Experiences
- African American
- Prejudice and Tolerance Experiences
About This Book
Melanin Sun and Mama have always been the whole family, with a special closeness that no one has ever been able to come between. But all that has changed. Suddenly, Mama is shutting doors that were always kept open and Melanin Sun begins to realize she's been keeping secrets from him for a long, long time.
For Melanin Sun, the truth is worse than anything he could have imagined. So is the humiliation from the cruel gossip that's been going around the neighborhood. The change in his relationship with Mama is painful enough. But now Melanin Sun must face his own deepest fears and prejudices if he and Mama are ever to be whole again.
Jacqueline Woodson has written a brave, thought-provoking story that sensitively probes issues of racism and sexuality. She challenges readers to push beyond the walls of intolerance in order to reach the common bond that connects us all.