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Maizon at Blue Hill (Maizon #2)

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  169 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Maizon takes the biggest step in her life when she accepts a scholarship to boarding school and says good-bye to her grandmother and her best friend, Margaret. Blue Hill is beautiful, and challenging-but there are only five black students, and the other four are from wealthy families. Does Maizon belong at Blue Hill after all?

"Simply told and finely crafted." (Publishers
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 30th 2002 by Puffin Books (first published 1992)
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Mar 30, 2008 Jon rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-lit
Maizon at Blue Hill felt different from many of the books that I read in grade school. It was interesting that Maizon had a number of positive and negative character attributes, most of which were the same at the end of the book. It was interesting how there was relatively little character transformation.
In the beginning of the book, Maizon speaks what is on her mind, good and bad. She is somewhat conceited and assertive. “That dumb school isn’t even ready for me” (Woodson 16). In her last co
Misael Rosa
Apr 19, 2009 Misael Rosa rated it it was amazing
This book is a great about a girl named maizon which at da beginin she was speakin her mind of goods & bass but went to da new high school she was kind of shy..I dislike that when she got to da new school she was shy ..I like day she atleast stay with her head high
Oct 28, 2016 Crystal rated it liked it
I read this book first in Japanese, because it was recommended to me by a teacher here, and the Japanese edition arrived first. I was a little disappointed that the English language "original" seemed to be missing parts that were in the translation - if they are abridging books, they really ought to write it somewhere. This is the middle of a three-book series, so I will borrow the Japanese versions of the rest of the series from my school library.
The translation includes cultural notes that
wide reading for CI546

grade level: late elmentary - middle school

genre: realistic fiction

themes: Family, friendship, racism, stereotypes, discrimination, loneliness, outsider

cultures: Black girl from Brooklyn, heads to mostly white boarding school in Connecticut

awards: this is an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. The author has worn various awards for other books (the Newbery, the Coretta Scott King award).

school use: I don't think I would use this in school. [EDITED TO ADD: I might use some scene
NSAndrew Liebergen
Oct 29, 2009 NSAndrew Liebergen rated it it was ok
When Maizon Singh accepts a scholarship to Blue Hill, a prestigious boarding school for girls in Connecticut, her world turns upside down. The Brooklyn girl is unsure how she will fare without her loving grandmother, who raised her, and her best friend, Margaret.

Maizon at Blue Hill is the second offering in a trilogy about the friendship between Margaret and Maizon. This young-adult book examines identity, racism, classism and prejudice as the main character tries to fit in at the nearly all-whi
Jul 22, 2009 Josiah rated it liked it
"That's what makes best friends. It's not whether or not you live on the same block or go to the same school, but how you feel about each other in your hearts."

—Grandma, "Maizon at Blue Hill", P. 6

This book takes place right in the middle of "Last Summer With Maizon". It's told from the enlightening perspective of Maizon while she is away at the Blue Hill school in Connecticut.
Jacqueline Woodson's powers of emotional perception come through beautifully in the pages and thoughts that comprise
Aug 28, 2009 Abraham rated it really liked it
I love the way that Jacqueline Woodson can create characters that you can picture in your head. They are very human and I find myself visualizing them easily.

I just wish this book were longer! I couldn't believe how short it felt. I was very surprised at how it ended, not just how quickly, but what happened. I guess it's reality, that's how things are...not everybody decides that sticking with it is the best way to go, and I think this book would create rich discussion in a book group. Why does
May 15, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
This book made me homesick. The experience of dislocation is brilliantly if painfully encapsulated in the story of teenage Maizon leaving her loving black Brooklyn enclave for a white, upper-class Connecticut prep school. YA novels are usually about conquering new worlds, so I was surprised that Maizon didn't adapt, remaining isolated by race. She's an anti-heroine, taking action by refusing and retreating--but there is no question that she is admirable. Her refusal is a moral refusal to accommo ...more
Mar 22, 2012 Monica rated it it was ok
Shelves: 420
Maizon (rhymes with "raisin," which would have been nice to have known at the beginning of the book) is accepted to Blue Hill Academy on scholarship, but she has doubts about leaving her home and her friends and family. She does well in school at Blue Hill, but ultimately decides she's not ready to leave her home behind.
I didn't like it, but to be fair that's probably at least partially due to its being a middle sort of book in a series and the fact that I have
Emily Hollander
Oct 26, 2013 Emily Hollander rated it it was amazing
Genre: Multicultural
Awards: Open Book Award Nominee
Grade Level: 5-6

This book expresses the importance of finding yourself through difficult situations. Maizon, a young African American girl, enters a private academy where she is a minority. Throughout the story, she struggles to fit in and find her place among people she does not immediately relate to. This story helps students realize that sometimes in order to find ourselves, we must step outside of our comfort zones. For an activity, I would
Kara Trammell
Dec 06, 2016 Kara Trammell rated it it was ok
WOODSON- Maizon is accepted to a prestigious private school, but that means she has to leave her grandma and her best friend Margaret. It also means that she is entering a predominantly white student body; only five other black girls attend Blue Hill. Acknowledging these struggles, Maizon tries to find her place at Blue Hill while trying to hold on to who she was when she lived at home. Being pushed academically is fine; being pushed socially is another story. Woodson creates an opportunity for ...more
Linda Lipko
Dec 12, 2014 Linda Lipko rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
While I don't think this is one of Woodson's best works, it is worth the time spent reading. This author is amazingly astute at dealing with the feelings and thoughts of young adults in difficult situations.

Thirteen, living in Brooklyn, NY and secure in the love of her grandmother and her close friend, Maizon is quite confident. She is exceedingly smart, and when she is offered a full academic scholarship at a prestigious private school in Connecticut, her grandmother strongly encourages her to
Ella Maccallum
Sep 12, 2013 Ella Maccallum rated it it was amazing
"Maizon at Blue Hill" Was a great book. It's about a girl who has to leave her family in Brooklyn, NY to come to a school called Blue Hill. She meets a bunch of new people, but Maizon doesn't really feel like it's the best school for her. She wants to come back to Brooklyn, but she doesn't want to disappoint her grandmother. Maizon has to choose between her own wishes and the wishes of her family. Oh, and did I mention she is black? She faces racism from a lot of other girs at the school.
I would
Sep 15, 2009 Jen rated it it was ok
I liked this book, but I didn't love it. It was definitely realistic fiction, and I definitely liked the main character, Maizon. The only problem for me was that it was a bit difficult to keep track of the characters at the prep school. I also didn't feel the strength of the bond between Maizon and her best friend, which was apparently so tight it made a difference in the path her life took. This was the same problem in If You Come Softly by Woodson. I just can't feel the bond between the charac ...more
Jun 18, 2014 Jamaica rated it liked it
This book was a good read. I remember my mom bought it for me, and I plan to keep it for my daughter(s). It tells a good story of an 11-year-old girl, Maizon, who is awarded a scholarship to an all girl's boarding school. As one of only five black girls, she finds herself alone and missing her grandma and best friend. Despite the other girls of color trying to befriend them, she bonds the most with her roommate, Sandy, who is on scholarship as well. The reason I'm giving it 3 stars is because I ...more
Oct 09, 2012 Mrs.Myers rated it really liked it
This was a quick read about a young girl, Maizon, who left her neighborhood in New York to enroll in a private boarding school in Connecticut. She struggled with the transition, feeling as if she was leaving everything she had ever known. When she arrived at Blue Hill, she had a difficult time fitting in- for a variety of reasons. Being one of a very few African American girls, Maizon sought to define herself in this new environment. This is a great read for middle school girls, especially those ...more
Kahari "Tony Motana" MIxon
Dec 16, 2010 Kahari "Tony Motana" MIxon is currently reading it
The book i am currently reading is Maizon at Blue Hill, I have to chapter 3 and i am liking it so far. I am eager and excited to be reading the book and want to read more of it. I like the main character the most because she is out with whatever she is thinking and also I like the grandmother in the story because she reminds me of my grandmother.
Mar 13, 2010 Miriam rated it really liked it
This book was about a girl named Mazion who was going to boarding school but her problem was that the school was mostly whites. She felt like an outsider because of the fact that she was black.I like this book because it makes me look at rasicm in a new way.
One step at a time
This book was good. It was a good sequel to the first one. I like the fact that even though she went to an all white girls school, she didn't forget who she was and where she came from. I also like that fact that even though she made new friends she still didn't forget her old ones.
Mar 31, 2013 Loretta rated it really liked it
I loved this book! Shed many tears from start to finish as Maizon seeks to find herself from the world of Brooklyn, NY to a boarding school in CT when she received an academic scholarship. Highly recommend this book.
Nov 04, 2009 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: tweens
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Essence Holmes
Awesome book!
Hi... im Syntis and just read this book and it was amazing!!!!
Apr 24, 2009 Lena rated it liked it
suprisingly, it was pretty good
Sonia Allison
Feb 11, 2011 Sammi rated it it was ok
Maizon At Blue Hill. By: Jacqueline Woodson.
I believe that this book is ok and personally I wouldn't have chose it for myself, but it wasn't conplete torture to read.
Aug 03, 2009 Becky rated it liked it
This is done in an interesting way - actually taking place in the middle of her first book "Last Summer With Maizon". I liked how the books worked together.
Oct 10, 2009 krystal marked it as to-read
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Apr 12, 2008 Jacque rated it really liked it
Jacqueline Woodson wrote a book that left me with many questions to explore. This book is especially valuable for girls'groups to discuss. Ages 10-16.
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I used to say I’d be a teacher or a lawyer or a hairdresser when I grew up but even as I said these things, I knew what made me happiest was writing.

I wrote on everything and everywhere. I remember my uncle catching me writing my name in graffiti on the side of a building. (It was not pretty for me when my mother found out.) I wrote on paper bags and my shoes and denim binders. I chalked stories a
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