Black Brother, Black Brother
When racial prejudice leads to bullying, ostracism, and finally, an unfair arrest, Donte must do everything in his power to clear his name, and follow his dreams!
From award-winning and bestselling 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
Sometimes 12-year-old Donte wishes he were invisible. He's one of the few Black boys at Middlefield Prep, and 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 Donte is 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, he joins a local youth centre 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 offers a careful examination of the school-to-prison pipeline as it follows one boy's fight against racism and his empowering path to finding his voice.