Black Brother, Black Brother

Black Brother, Black Brother

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Suspended unjustly from elite Middlefield Prep, Donte Ellison studies fencing with a former champion, hoping to put the racist fencing team captain in his place.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2020.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780316493802
0316493805
Branch Call Number: RHODE
Characteristics: 239 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm

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IndyPL_TammieB Mar 12, 2021

The fencing element of this book is quite unique. I love that a sport that is predominantly thought of as “white” is portrayed with an African American. In addition, there is the complexity that Donte experiences the privilege of his family’s wealth, but at the same time the prejudice brought on him because of his race.

LPL_MaryW Feb 22, 2020

Donte and his brother, Trey, are biracial—Donte takes on his mother’s dark skin, while Trey resembles his father, passing as white. When they enroll at Middlefield Prep, Trey blends into the crowd while Donte is subject to hate and ridicule by nearly everyone. Alan, captain of the fencing team, is the worst of them all—finally his actions get Donte arrested at school, and Donte seeks justice. He begins training with a former Olympic fencer at the Boys and Girls Club à la Karate Kid. And when the time comes, Donte faces his oppressor like the champion he’s become. A compact story of identity and equality.

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IndyPL_TammieB Mar 12, 2021

“I wish I were invisible. Wearing Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak or Frodo Baggins’s Elvish ring. Whether shrouded in fabric or slipping on gold, it wouldn’t matter to me. I’d be gone. Disappeared.”

"Be you. Stay confident, visible. Even if others can't see you."

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IndyPL_TammieB Mar 12, 2021

IndyPL_TammieB thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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IndyPL_TammieB Mar 12, 2021

Donte and Trey are brothers, or at least they are supposed to be, but they don’t act like it. They are more like opposites. They come from an interracial family, but Donte presents as Black, and his lighter-skinned brother Trey presents as white. Trey is quiet and obedient, and Donte is outgoing and ruffles the waters. Donte is one of the few black boys at their elite private high school and he is not welcomed like his brother is. He gets in an incident with Alan, the self-proclaimed King of the school, and is suspended. His only way to get back at him, he decides to beat him at his own game, fencing!

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