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Color Me in

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Debut YA author Natasha Díaz pulls from her personal experience to inform this powerful coming-of-age novel about the meaning of friendship, the joyful beginnings of romance, and the racism and religious intolerance that can both strain a family to the breaking point and strengthen its bonds. Who is Nevaeh Levitz? Growing up in an affluent suburb of New York City, sixteen-year-old Nevaeh Levitz never thought much about her biracial roots. When her Black mom and Jewish dad split up, she relocates to her mom's family home in Harlem and is forced to confront her identity for the first time. Nevaeh wants to get to know her extended family, but one of her cousins can't stand that Nevaeh, who inadvertently passes as white, is too privileged, pampered, and selfish to relate to the injustices they face on a daily basis as African Americans. In the midst of attempting to blend their families, Nevaeh's dad decides that she should have a belated bat mitzvah instead of a sweet sixteen, which guarantees social humiliation at her posh private school. Even with the push and pull of her two cultures, Nevaeh does what she's always done when life gets complicated: she stays silent. It's only when Nevaeh stumbles upon a secret from her mom's past, finds herself falling in love, and sees firsthand the prejudice her family faces that she begins to realize she has a voice. And she has choices. Will she continue to let circumstances dictate her path? Or will she find power in herself and decide once and for all who and where she is meant to be?
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 147 x 211 x 33mm | 431g
  • English
  • 0525578234
  • 9780525578239
  • 459,058

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"A riveting testament to the power of knowing where you come from to figure out where you're going . . . an emotional roller coaster you won't want to get off of. Absolutely outstanding!" --Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin "[A] beautifully told and compelling coming-of-age story about not just finding your voice, but learning the important lessons of when and how best to use it." --Julie Buxbaum, New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things "[A] tender and brave story that challenged every simplistic idea I have ever had about race and identity. . . . It is impossible not to root for Nevaeh Levitz as she navigates two cultural communities to find a true home in her own heart." --Attica Locke, Edgar Award-winning author of Blue Bird, Blue Bird "In Díaz' skillful hands, the many aspects of Nevaeh's intersectional identity are woven together so that they are, as in real life, inextricable from each other. Broadly appealing." --Kirkus Reviews "Fills a gap in teen fiction. . . . Recommend to fans of Elizabeth Acevedo's The Poet X."--School Library Journal ". . . highly relatable. . . .Nevaeh learns that identity is as beautiful as it is complicated, and readers will chear her on as she gradually becomes empowered to stand up for herself and others." -- Jewish Book Council
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About Natasha Diaz

Natasha Díaz is a freelance writer and producer. As a screenwriter, Natasha has been a quarterfinalist in the Austin Film Festival and a finalist for both the NALIP Diverse Women in Media Fellowship and the Sundance Episodic Story Lab. Her personal essays have been published in the Establishment and the Huffington Post. Color Me In is her debut young adult novel. Originally from New York City, Natasha now lives in Oakland, California.natashaerikadiaz.com@TashiDiaz on Twitter@NatashaErikaDiaz on Instagram and Facebook
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95 ratings
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