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Hardcover When the Black Girl Sings Book

ISBN: 1416939954

ISBN13: 9781416939955

When the Black Girl Sings

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Lahni Schuler is the only black student at her private prep school. She's also the adopted child of two loving, but white, parents who are on the road to divorce. Struggling to comfort her mother and angry with her dad, Lahni feels more and more alone. But when Lahni and her mother attend a local church one Sunday, Lahni hears the amazing gospel choir, and her life takes an unexpected turn. It so happens that one of Lahni's teachers, Mr. Faringhelli,...

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A Rare Treat

When the Black Girl Sings is a wonderful read. While Lahni Schuler has her share of 'real life' going on, the author maintains hope in the story. I have discovered a new author. This is the first of Mr. Wright's books I have read. I will definitely be going back to order his books for our library.

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Lahni Schuler sometimes just doesn't understand her life. She doesn't understand why a Caucasian couple would adopt an African American baby. She doesn't understand why they would enroll that girl in a private school where she is the only African American. She doesn't understand why some of the girls at the school are so snotty and so ignorant, especially towards her. And she definitely doesn't understand why her parents are continuously arguing, when just weeks ago they would all watch movies together as a happy family. What she does know is that she doesn't fit in, that her comfort zone involves keeping to herself, sometimes not even telling her best friend, Katie, everything, and that she has to be strong, especially for her mother, and that somewhere inside she has this amazing voice. Mr. Faringhelli knows this, too, and wants Lahni to sing in a competition. Of course, Lahni isn't so sure about this, since it is out of her comfort zone, and she just doesn't think she could do it. Then the perfect timing comes into place when she decides to sing for her church's choir; what better way to practice singing, especially in front of a live audience. She not only surprises herself with this bold move, but also her mother. It's finally a place for Lahni to improve, to fit in, to forget all of her worries that continue to trouble her. It is the perfect escape. Even though she does have the choir to comfort her, she knows that she will still have to deal with the girls at her school, and with her father leaving all of the time on little trips during the week, acting clueless and not wanting to talk about the situation at all. And she still has to deal with the singing competition. Just as long as she knows she has her friends and the ones she loves by her side, she can accomplish anything. WHEN THE BLACK GIRL SINGS is an inspirational story that will amaze all readers. The story of a girl who never fit in until she finally embraced her talent and turned it into something beautiful, shows how anyone, regardless of race, or gender, or size, can easily accomplish anything, just as long as they know they can. This is one well-written novel that will be enjoyed by generations to come. Reviewed by: Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen

Another Winner from Wright

After reading Bil Wright's first two books, I was eager to get my hands on "When the Black Girl Sings." When I opened the book I was a little disappointed to see that it is actually intended for young readers. Being a not-so-young reader, I began the first page thinking the book would be too juvenile to hold my interest. In the hands of another author, this may have been the case. Wright is such a masterful storyteller, though, that I was captured from page #1. His imagery is direct and not at all flowery, and he never stoops to talking down to his reader or, worse, using current teen language to tell the story. Instead, he has crafted a feel-good novel that will certainly appeal to young readers without alienating their parents (or grandparents). It is refreshing to read the work of a Black author that does not focus on violence, drugs, and innercity life. Indeed, Wright has set his story in a well-to-do Connecticut suburb. This is not the typical "where do I fit in?" teen venture. Instead, the author touches on sensitive topics for substance instead of dramatic impact. The impact of this story, though, is one that will have a positive effect on the reader. In his earlier work, Wright established himself as more than an able craftsman. He continues to uphold his impressive reputation in this effort. This story is very well suited for a television adaptation and it leaves the reader looking forward to a sequel.
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