March 3, 2016
Just Like Me
"Technically, to a Caucasian accustomed to the particulars of their own race, seeing three females of Asian descent in the same time and place will always present itself as if those three beings from a different ethnic group are related, but it is only because the observer is not as in tune to the slight differences in skin coloring, facial shape and size, and facial features." ~ 7%
I heart this quote! Avery, Becca and Julia are "Chinese sisters." All three young girls were adopted from the same orphanage but are nothing alike. Avery and Becca eat Cheetos with chopsticks, wave Chinese fans and sing Chinese songs. Julia would rather pretend to not know them at all. Who cares about bonding and making paper lanterns? But the girls are required to spend time at a summer camp and journal about the experience.
Just Like Me is told through narrative, dialogue, short lists and journal entries from Julia's point of view. It is a good story for pre-teen girls about friendship, belonging and celebrating culture. Plus with its beautiful cover, it is a book worth reading in public for a conversation starter. I recommend Just Like Me to be available in middle school libraries and guidance counselors' offices. This book promotes individuality and respect for ethnic backgrounds.
Just Like Me will be published on April 5, 2016.
Disclaimer: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are honestly my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.
Title: Just Like Me
Author: Nancy Cavanaugh
Published: April 2016
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