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From award-winning and best-selling author, Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful coming-of-age story about two brothers, one who presents as white, the other as black, and the complex ways in which they are forced to navigate the world, all while training for a fencing competition.

Framed. Bullied. Disliked. But I know I can still be the best.

Sometimes, 12-year-old Donte wishes he were invisible. As one of the few black boys at Middlefield Prep, most of the students don't look like him. They don't like him either. Dubbing him "Black Brother", Donte's teachers and classmates make it clear they wish he were more like his lighter-skinned brother, Trey.

When he's bullied and framed by the captain of the fencing team, "King" Alan, he's suspended from school and arrested for something he didn't do.

Terrified, searching for a place where he belongs, Donte joins a local youth center and meets former Olympic fencer Arden Jones. With Arden's help, he begins training as a competitive fencer, setting his sights on taking down the fencing team captain, no matter what.

As Donte hones his fencing skills and grows closer to achieving his goal, he learns the fight for justice is far from over. Now Donte must confront his bullies, racism, and the corrupt systems of power that led to his arrest.

Powerful and emotionally gripping, Black Brother, Black Brother is a careful examination of the school-to-prison pipeline and follows one boy's fight against racism and his empowering path to finding his voice.

©2020 Jewell Parker Rhodes (P)2020 Little, Brown Young Readers

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Very relevant and a much needed story! This book should be in all middle school classrooms!

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Great!

I enjoyed this book. I think every black kid should listen to this book, especially since it talks about many challenges in life. This book discussed racism, bullies, the meaning of family, and much more. I would recommend this book!

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wow

Jewell Parker Rhodes does it again. I learned so much about fencing and even more about the lack of color in our history

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Realistic and Historical fiction elements.

love it! masterfully done! Very informative aspects of racism in history. perfect to use for discussions.

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Amazing ness!!!!

This book is beyond amazing. Very well written and recorded.

I recommend it for young readers and will have my class read it and discuss its’ themes.

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Realistic to present times

This is a must read book in order to truly understand racism and colorism.

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Not hiding anymore

Hearing the view of the two brothers was helpful, especially hearing the bond they shared