Connor's grandmother leaves his dad a letter when she dies, and the letter's confession shakes their tight-knit Italian-American family: The man who raised Dad is not his birth father. Read more...
Connor's grandmother leaves his dad a letter when she dies, and the letter's confession shakes their tight-knit Italian-American family: The man who raised Dad is not his birth father. But the only clues to this birth father's identity are a class ring and a pair of pilot's wings. And so Connor takes it upon himself to investigate--a pursuit that becomes even more pressing when Dad is hospitalized after a stroke. What Connor discovers will lead him and his father to a new, richer understanding of race, identity, and each other.
- ISBN-13: 9780803733053
- ISBN-10: 0803733054
- Publisher: Dial Books
- Publish Date: January 2016
- Page Count: 128
- Reading Level: Ages 12-UP
- Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-10-26
- Reviewer: Staff
Sixteen-year-old Connor Bianchinis father inherited a letter from his deceased Italian-American mother revealing a startling truth: Connors grandfather was actually a WWII pilot named Ace. Connors investigation of his unknown relative leads to another revelationAce was African-American and probably one of the Tuskegee Airmen. As the family grapples with this news and Connors fathers recovery from a stroke, Connor writes his history honors thesis on the Airmen to better understand his heritage. In an authors note, Nelson (How I Discovered Poetry) emphasizes her desire to write about the Airmen from the perspective of someone new to their story. However, the single-page poems only provide glimpses into Connors personality, suggesting a certain detachment from her narrator. Nelson uses Connors thesis to convey swathes of historical information (and photographs) in a condensed and somewhat forced way. Even so, Nelsons powerful command of language is inarguable: I feel like theres a blackness beyond skin, Connor reflects. A blackness that has more to do with how/ you see than how youre seen. That craves justice/ equally for oneself and for others. Ages 12up. Agent: Regina Brooks, Serendipity Literary Agency. (Jan.)