By Marilyn Nelson
This riveting novel in verse, excellent for lovers of Jacqueline Woodson and Toni Morrison, explores American heritage and race throughout the eyes of a teenage boy embracing his newfound identity
Connor's grandmother leaves his dad a letter whilst she dies, and the letter's confession shakes their tight-knit Italian-American relatives: the guy who raised Dad isn't really his delivery father.
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He was her image, even if he lacked her composure. Her relatives visited her, including her parents. Her mother swore that were it not for a certain masculine \'igor the child could have been her daughter, Helvia, at birth. Quintus, roaring in his cradle, sucking prodigiously, and waving little fists and broad strong legs, was a marvel to his older brother. By the time Quintus was a year old the two were dear friends and companions, and Helvia, who approved of family spirit, was pleased. She did not feel any twinge of jealousy when Quintus appeared to prefer Marcus above others in the house, including herself.
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American Ace by Marilyn Nelson