Black Brother, Black Brother

By Jewell Parker Rhodes,

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Donte wishes he were invisible. As one of the few black boys at Middlefield Prep, he feels as if he is constantly swimming in whiteness. Most of the students don't look like him. They don't like him either. Dubbed the "Black Brother," Donte's teachers and classmates make it clear they…

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Black Brother, Black Brother doesn’t have science as its main focus, unless you consider the sport of fencing as a science. I’m including this book because of the complexity of the sibling relationship. Trey is white, popular, and athletic. Donte is black and bullied at his school. Even though they share the same parents (Civil Rights lawyer mom and, and computer architect dad), their experiences in school and in the world are completely different because of their skin color. Dante finds his place, his confidence, and himself when he takes up fencing with the help of an inspiring coach. 


From Sarah's list on for siblings and scientists.

Sure, there’s no shortage of middle-grade books featuring bullies, but none of them give us an empowering story of a young boy facing his tormentor quite like Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Donte and Trey are biracial siblings who go to the same school, but it doesn’t take long for us to see why they get treated so differently. Trey is white-passing while Donte is not. Donte becomes the target of harassment by Alan, the fencing team’s captain, and ends up getting into severe trouble for something he didn’t do. But this isn’t a revenge story at…

From Brooks' list on featuring non-traditional sports.

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