Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grade 4n/a4.049971
Eleven-year-old Isabella’s blended family is more divided than ever in this thoughtful story about divorce and racial identity from the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Out of My Mind, Sharon M. Draper.

Eleven-year-old Isabella’s parents are divorced, so she has to switch lives every week: One week she’s Isabella with her dad, his girlfriend Anastasia, and her son Darren living in a fancy house where they are one of the only black families in the neighborhood. The next week she’s Izzy with her mom and her boyfriend John-Mark in a small, not-so-fancy house that she loves.

Because of this, Isabella has always felt pulled between two worlds. And now that her parents are divorced, it seems their fights are even worse, and they’re always about HER. Isabella feels even more stuck in the middle, split and divided between them than ever. And she’s is beginning to realize that being split between Mom and Dad is more than switching houses, switching nicknames, switching backpacks: it’s also about switching identities. Her dad is black, her mom is white, and strangers are always commenting: “You’re so exotic!” “You look so unusual.” “But what are you really?” She knows what they’re really saying: “You don’t look like your parents.” “You’re different.” “What race are you really?” And when her parents, who both get engaged at the same time, get in their biggest fight ever, Isabella doesn’t just feel divided, she feels ripped in two. What does it mean to be half white or half black? To belong to half mom and half dad? And if you’re only seen as half of this and half of that, how can you ever feel whole?

It seems like nothing can bring Isabella’s family together again—until the worst happens. Isabella and Darren are stopped by the police. A cell phone is mistaken for a gun. And shots are fired.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published on October 29, 2019 by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
ISBN-10: 1442495014
ISBN-13: 9781442495012
48 Book Reviews
  • gipower
    gipower3 months55 stars
    Yayyy! This book is the 2nd popular book!!!!!
    • creamyblueberry
      creamyblueberry3 months55 stars
      I love this book so much! I bought it at the book shop and I don't regret reading it! It's also really interesting. It's about an 11 year old girl (Isabella, aka, Izzy) who has a Mom who is white and a Dad who is black, and feels separated because her Mom and Dad are divorced, and has to go to a different house each week. I recommend this book for ages 9+. 5 stars!
      • foreverregancorn
        foreverregancorn3 months55 stars
        love it mainly becase even though im not black, i have a similar backroung with bing a divorce kid excellent
        • paxthefox88
          paxthefox883 months55 stars
          Yes like pinkcat i think you need to be pn the older side. This book is great if are a child of divoreved parents. LOVE THIS BOOK!
          • gipower
            gipower3 months55 stars
            This book is soooo good! I recommend people to read this!!
            • pinkcat3
              pinkcat35 months55 stars
              This was a great book to read! Recommended for ages 10 to 14. It's not too thick but not too thin!
              • creamyblueberry
                creamyblueberry8 months55 stars
                I absolutely loved the book and its super interesting as well.
                • doglover346
                  doglover3468 months55 stars
                  I love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                  • doglover346
                    doglover3468 months55 stars
                    this book is about a twelve year old girl. her dad is black and her mother is white. she loves playing the piano.I love this book because it talks about the real world.😊😊😍😍😁👍👍👍
                    • unipug2
                      unipug2about 1 year55 stars
                      "You're so exotic looking!" "Are you mixed?" Those are some things Isabella Badia Thornton hears said to her. She is a regular fifth grader at Lakeview Mountain School. Her two best friends are Heather and Imani. Her mom is white. Her dad is black. And she has a problem. After a noose is hung in her friend Imani's locker, she gets scared. All those rumors! The only thing Isabella can come home to is the fact that she'll have to switch houses next week. She doesn't really live anywhere. She just is an every other week visitor. Her life is getting more complicated as her two parents are getting married...ON THE SAME DAY!! Disaster is at hand and arguments are had. Then, on the way to a recital, Isabella's phone is mistaken for a gun. Shots are fired. Can Isabella's parents come together to be kind to each.other for their daughter's sake?