Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond, by Brenda Woods

Blossoming Universe of Violet DiamondSummary:  A biracial girl finally gets the chance to meet the African American side of her family.

Nancy Paulsen Books

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4 thoughts on “The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond, by Brenda Woods

  1. This book is a sweet account of a girl who has never met one side of her family and finally gets to.
    When Violet first meets her grandmother, she is standoffish and accidentally hurts Violet. Then she opens up to her granddaughter and they become great friends. The writing style made me feel the confusion Violet felt at her grandmother’s stiffness, and then the relief at her acceptance.
    One thing I felt could have been better, though, was the attempt to describe the characters, which took me out of the moment that the main character was in. When a character was first introduced, their looks were immediately given when maybe that could have been worked into the storyline.
    That said, I would recommend this book to a friend.

  2. Because of the interesting and unique plot in this book, it was a very enjoyable read. The way the author wrote made it clear she knew a lot about African Americans and I too felt that by the end of the book, I had learned a lot about the culture of the African side of Violet’s family. She kept the tone clear occasionally using dialect which added to the book instead of detracting which I usually find dialect does, because in the book it was used infrequently enough to remain enjoyable.
    I feel like the author got the tone right of Violet, a biracial girl living in a mostly white family and culture. She nailed the voice of a fifth grader also, to the point that I actually grew annoyed with Violet in the same way I would if a way-to-curious fifth grader was following me everywhere using big words so that I would think she was smart (as did the main character in this book). Perhaps if the main character was slightly more mature I would not have grown so indifferent to Violet’s feelings however maybe to a fifth grader, this character would have appealed more. Overall, I believe this book has a higher chance of winning the Coretta Scott King Award than the Newbery, but I too would recommend this book to a friend looking for either a sweet and fun read or a not-so-deep book on race.

  3. I enjoyed this sweet book but found the writing style to be rather choppy. It was annoying to me the way Violet kept reminding herself to add a word to her list of new words. It didn’t help the story any but distracted from it. Also, I felt like the author did to more telling about characters and altogether not enough showing. Despite this, I would recommend this to a 4th-5th grader looking for a quick book on racial issues or as a fun read, but not for the Newbery.

  4. I really thought this story was sweet and though I liked the plot, I found it to be a little too fast-paced and, like Abigail said, it was annoying when Violet thought about a new word to put in her book because it took the story away. I don’t think this is a Newbery but I do recommend it as a fun read.

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