Woods, Brenda The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond, 222 p. Penguin Random House Company, 2015. $16.99. Rating: G.
"Sometimes I feel like a single fallen brown leaf atop a blanket of fresh snow. Alone." That is how Violet Diamond describes herself. She is a brown eyed, brown haired girl in a family of blonds. Her mother is white and her father, who was black, died two months before she was born. In the predominantly white town of Moon Lake, there are only two other biracial kids in school, a brother and sister. She realizes that she doesn't know anything about her father's side of the family. She goes to visit the grandmother and the extended family she has never met. She discovers that she still doesn't quite fit it.
Woods tells the story of a young girl's quest for belonging and discovering her place in the world. It is beautifully written. The many evocative metaphors used in this book draw the reader in. You are able to empathize with Violet and her feelings of being biracial and her desire to belong. I loved this book! It was funny, poignant, and had a wonderful message about accepting yourself.
EL, MS - ESSENTIAL. Reviewer, Tammy