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The Other Half of My Heart

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,054 Ratings  ·  211 Reviews
The close relationship of a pair of biracial twins is tested when their grandmother enters them in a pageant for African American girls in this new story from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award winner Sundee T. Frazier.
When Minerva and Keira King were born, they made headlines: Keira is black like Mama, but Minni is white like Daddy. Together the family migh
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published June 3rd 2010)
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hailey kington
If you're into a kind of rollercoaster of emotions then I recommend this book..
Minni and Keira are twins that love spending time together and appreciate each other's uniqueness. Minni is shy, smart, and loves to volunteer, while Keira is outgoing, has dyslexia, loves gymnastics and fashion. However, there is one more unique trait that is different about them. Minni is white with straight, red hair and Keira is black with curly hair. Yes, they are actual biological twin sisters born to their black mother and white father. The girls have just turned 11 and their Grandmother ...more
Feb 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wasn't sure what I was going to think about this book when I first started reading it. Twins Keira and Minerva (Minni) were going to leave Washington State to visit their Grandmother Johnson in North Carolina to participate in the Miss Black Pearl Pageant, which was a longtime family tradition. Minni was very sellf-conscious about entering a contest for black girls, however, because she had red hair and very fair skin. The girls' father was white and their mother was black. Grandmother ...more
Christine Clayton

Text to self- My best friend while growing up is bi-racial. Her mother was white and her father was black. We lived in a small community that was not very diverse, much like the community Keira and Minni live in. I didn’t pay any attention to our differences growing up; we were much more alike than different in my eyes. But as I have gotten older, I have often wondered if she noticed the differences. I think this book would be a great story for opening up dialog for all children regarding stereo
Oct 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juv
This is the kind of story about family and identity that I would recommend in a heartbeat to kids looking for that kind of story - one that takes childhood and sense of self seriously, adds in some humor and a reasonably compelling plot, and delivers a satisfying ending.

The story takes an interesting look at race by telling the story of twin girls, one who looks like their white father and the other who looks like their black mother. Whether or not these particular issues of race are ones that
Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
Fraternal twin girls are born parents of different races, and their appearances are vastly different: Minni has fair skin and red hairlike their dad, and Keira has darker skin and curly hair like their mother.

Although I was really interested in the plot, I felt like the writing was a bit didactic and unrealistic. I just couldn't reconcile the fact that the parents of the girls, who are very involved in their children's lives and have dealt with pretty painful race dynamics in their own marriage,
Jun 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sundee Frazier is the most thoughtful, kind, and honest person I know. And her newest book is an exploration of the two sides of her own self -- the outgoing and the shy. I think any writer can relate to that! And I think kids will relate to a sibling relationship that's tight and complicated and fraying a bit as the twins bump into the preteen years.

I felt I got inside Minnie, the lighter of bi-racial twins, and really felt her outsider/where do I belong pain. But I missed getting to know and u
Dec 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very conflicted about this book. I know there are not very many books for young readers that give such a sensitive perspective on race, and while I feel this could lead to some great, thoughtful discussions, there are also parts that cheapen the narrative. The fact that the twins are constantly looking for ways to demean and embarrass their grandmother really bothered me. Why couldn't Minni have great conversations with her grandmother in addition to Dr. Oliphant? I also had a hard time be ...more
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Similar to Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything in It and The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond, The Other Half of My Heart is the story of an adolescent struggling with her identity. Minni King is fairer-skinned twin sister of Keira King and is deeply concerned with how she is perceived by others, and fears that she isn't "black enough."

Unlike Brendan Buckley, Minni seems fixate on her biracial heritage and readers are reminded of her fixation on every. single. page. Like Violet Dia
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Twins of a black mom and white dad, Minerva and Keira King, 11, visit Grandmother Johnson in NC so they can compete in the Miss Black Pearl Preteen pageant. Minni, who appears white, is reluctant; outgoing Keira, who appears black, is thrilled. Back home in Washington State Minni has unknowingly benefited from white privilege, while Keira’s appearance has subjected her to bias. As their experience of race threatens to divide the sisters, Minni struggles to heal the rift. Frazier The contradictio ...more

Would definitely recommend as a book to give young readers! It's super fun and accessible plus there are fantastic messages about race and identity.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks

Voices great on the audio. Being a twin, I loved the characters in this book who are only 11 years old and already learning how to embrace their differences and not focus on the things that make them the same about being a twin!! Great book!
Mary Ann
When do you talk with your children openly about race? Do you talk about noticing the color of someone's skin? I was fascinated last spring listening to Po Bronson, author of NurtureShock, talk to a group of parents about scientific research and implications for raising children. One of the topics he covered was how parents are doing a grave disservice to their children by trying to be "color neutral" and avoid discussions of race. As he writes in a column in Newsweek, "Ignoring the color of ski ...more
Becky Birtha
With biracial twin nieces in my family, and also knowing another set of biracial twins who more closely resemble the girls in the book, I was very curious about Sundee Frazier’s The Other Half of My Heart. I was glad, in the end, that I stuck with it. The story is told (in third person) from the point of view of one twin, Minni, who takes after their (white) father in looks. Of the two, Minni’s more intellectual, shyer, less self confident, and tries harder to please. Her sister Keira, who, in l ...more
Nov 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-for-girls, 2010
For the ideas and purpose of this book, it deserves 5 stars. Unfortunately, the writing style made it hard for me to slog through. The point was so laboriously and painstakingly made that I started to get bored while reading what I think is ultimately a very important book. I would not hesitate in giving this book to a young, earnest reader, especially one who feels different on the inside or outside from everybody else (so, basically, every girl who ever existed). I just would be worried that s ...more
Joanne L
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book was well beautifully written and I like how the author puts a lot of metaphors and similarties to "imagine" the main character (Minni/Minerva) was trying to say.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't crazy about this book but it did had some good features, such as it being really smooth and gentle. One thing that was really annoying about it is when Kiera argues and gets mad at Minni when Minni is also going through being accepted and Minni never does anything! The book is pretty slow and without much action. The BIG parts were really the contest and even then it wasn't as interesting as I hoped. I expected more from this book because the main idea of it and the back of the book mad ...more
Macy Davis
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Minni and Kiera are two halves of one whole; they're twins, but Minni is white like their dad and Kiera is black like their mom. The two sisters have to navigate growing up together, and they always have each other's backs, until they go down south to please their Grandma and participate in the Miss Black Pearl Preteen of America pageant. Then things start to get difficult.

I really like the way that Sundee T. Frazier wrote these two sisters. She writes the complexities of sisterhood really well
Keira Marckel
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I liked this book because it told a great story. It was heartwarming and sometimes a little sad. I could feel the main characters feelings. It was AMAZING! My favorite part was when the main character was cheering on her sister in the Black Pearls Preteen Pageant and then her sister won an award. I actually shrieked with joy. It was a really good book and I recommend it to anyone. Anyone who likes to read a really good book. :)
Ashley Moody
This story was often boring and predictable; however I did find myself thinking a lot about the race issues brought up in the story. I found the concept of different skin color twins very interesting.
jantella maxey
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A beautiful story of two very different sisters and their individual struggles to see life through the other's eyes. The other half of my heart really highlights that true beauty,character, and strength has no color
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story of twin sisters who learn about disparity, acceptance, and courage while competing in a local pageant. So much more than a “children’s book” - an endearing tale about self realization, self acceptance, and bravery.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good read for sisters and for those who are struggling with racial identity. Also a good link to NC and MLK Jr.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a heartwarming story and it opened my eyes and gave me a new insight into the lives of others and love in general.
Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
What really disappointed me was that the story was told entirely from Minni's perspective. I was expecting to hear from Minni and Keira, but instead we only receive Minni's side of the story. Sympathy can be roused for both characters and it's both painful and rewarding to see Minni finally get 'it', understand what it's like to be the ONLY ONE. However I felt that the book could have been much stronger if Keira also got to tell her part of the story, what was it like for her being in the majori ...more
Amanie McGee
This is the kind of book I would recommend to anyone. It does such a wonderful job with the issues of identity, race, racism and finding your place in the world. Plus it was well written and a quick read. The characters are well-developed and had their own voices that can be heard when reading. I really loved this book.
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tweens
Minni and Keira King were born on a day when the sun and moon shared the sky, but that was not the only unique thing about their birth, they were considered one-in-a-million twins by the national news. Minni resembled their white father with fair skin, red hair, and blue eyes. Keira on the other hand, had traits closer to their black mother with dark curly hair, cinnamon-brown skin, and brown eyes. Minni always pictured her family as a chessboard whenever they walked side by side. Keira and Minn ...more
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: odu-libs
Genre: Contemporary Realism
Summary: A novel about a set of interracial twins that are learning that not everyone sees them the same. Minni has very light skin like dad while Kiera has very dark skin, like mom. When their grandmother enters them both into the Miss Black Pearl Teen Pageant, the sisters close relationship is tested.
a. The area for comment: The author’s ability to illuminate a serious topic in a way that young children can understand and relate to.
b. The true strength of t
Jul 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-for-slj
(from July 2010 SLJ)
Eleven-year-old twins Keira and Minni are used to the funny looks their “chessboard family” receives: Keira takes after their black mother and Minni takes after their white father. In spite of their differences in appearance and personality, the girls share a bond that they are convinced cannot be broken. When their maternal grandmother invites them to fly from their coastal Washington town to North Carolina so that she can enroll them in the Miss Black Pearl of America Progr
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