05 12 / 2011

From the Notebook of Melanin Sun (1997) by Jacqueline Woodson
Melanin Sun has a lot to say. But sometimes it’s hard to speak his mind, so he fills up notebooks with his thoughts instead. He writes about his mom a lot - they’re about as close as they can be, because they have no other family. So when she suddenly tells him she’s gay, his world is turned upside down. And if that weren’t hard enough for him to accept, her girlfriend is white. Melanin Sun is angry and scared. How can his mom do this to him - is this the end of their closeness? What will his friends think? And can he let her girlfriend be part of their family?

From the Notebook of Melanin Sun (1997) by Jacqueline Woodson

Melanin Sun has a lot to say. But sometimes it’s hard to speak his mind, so he fills up notebooks with his thoughts instead. He writes about his mom a lot - they’re about as close as they can be, because they have no other family. So when she suddenly tells him she’s gay, his world is turned upside down. And if that weren’t hard enough for him to accept, her girlfriend is white. Melanin Sun is angry and scared. How can his mom do this to him - is this the end of their closeness? What will his friends think? And can he let her girlfriend be part of their family?

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