From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun

From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun By Jacqueline Woodson, From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun Three time Newbery Honor author Jacqueline Woodson explores race and sexuality through the eyes of a compelling narratorMelanin Sun has a lot to say But sometimes it s hard to speak his mind so he fi
  • Title: From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun
  • Author: Jacqueline Woodson
  • ISBN: 9780142416419
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun By Jacqueline Woodson, Three time Newbery Honor author Jacqueline Woodson explores race and sexuality through the eyes of a compelling narratorMelanin Sun has a lot to say But sometimes it s hard to speak his mind, so he fills up notebooks with his thoughts instead He writes about his mom a lot they re about as close as they can be, because they have no other family So when she suddenly tellThree time Newbery Honor author Jacqueline Woodson explores race and sexuality through the eyes of a compelling narratorMelanin Sun has a lot to say But sometimes it s hard to speak his mind, so he fills up notebooks with his thoughts instead He writes about his mom a lot they re about as close as they can be, because they have no other family So when she suddenly tells him she s gay, his world is turned upside down And if that weren t hard enough for him to accept, her girlfriend is white Melanin Sun is angry and scared How can his mom do this to him is this the end of their closeness What will his friends think And can he let her girlfriend be part of their family
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    1. Jacqueline Woodson

      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 across sidewalks and penciled tiny tales in notebook margins I loved and still love watching words flower into sentences and sentences blossom into stories.I also told a lot of stories as a child Not Once upon a time stories but basically, outright lies I loved lying and getting away with it There was something about telling the lie story and seeing your friends eyes grow wide with wonder Of course I got in trouble for lying but I didn t stop until fifth grade.That year, I wrote a story and my teacher said This is really good Before that I had written a poem about Martin Luther King that was, I guess, so good no one believed I wrote it After lots of brouhaha, it was believed finally that I had indeed penned the poem which went on to win me a Scrabble game and local acclaim So by the time the story rolled around and the words This is really good came out of the otherwise down turned lips of my fifth grade teacher, I was well on my way to understanding that a lie on the page was a whole different animal one that won you prizes and got surly teachers to smile A lie on the page meant lots of independent time to create your stories and the freedom to sit hunched over the pages of your notebook without people thinking you were strange.Lots and lots of books later, I am still surprised when I walk into a bookstore and see my name on a book s binder Sometimes, when I m sitting at my desk for long hours and nothing s coming to me, I remember my fifth grade teacher, the way her eyes lit up when she said This is really good The way, I the skinny girl in the back of the classroom who was always getting into trouble for talking or missed homework assignments sat up a little straighter, folded my hands on the desks, smiled and began to believe in me.

    378 thoughts on “From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun”

    1. First off, let me just say that I didn t know much about this book before reading it I am attending a young adult literature conference next weekend and I signed up for a workshop that featured this book andCall Me Maria by Judith Ortiz Cofer The theme of the workshop is Crossing Personal Borders but that was all I really had to go on before I started reading this book.The beginning was a little bit rough in the sense that I had a hard time getting into the author s writing style She has regular [...]


    2. Like all of Woodson s books, this is beautifully written and painfully heartfelt On first reading, it was one of my favorites of all the books of hers I d read On a recent rereading, I was totally taken aback by the abruptness of the ending I think Woodson has an artistic commitment to leaving the reader with a lot to resolve on their own, which I valued when I was trying to find books for adolescents that would get them thinking As a rereader, and a civilian so to speak I was inclined to think [...]


    3. It seems to me that Jacqueline Woodson s uncanny ability to sensitively connect with a reader s deepest unspoken thoughts and feelings correlates directly with how much of herself she puts into the characters of her books, and how emotionally honest she is through those characters It s not just the stories and relationships that move the reader above all, it s the fact that the emotions are totally real and accessible to anyone who picks up the book and reads There s nothing manufactured about t [...]


    4. Okay, let me start this review out by saying that technically, this book is really good Woodson is a master of language everything of hers I ve read has just been so well written and so beautiful So when I say that I didn t like this book, you ll understand that I m speaking purely on content, not skill.From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun is about a thirteen year old boy whose mother comes out to him, and he proceeds to have a ninety page shitfit That s really it Okay, that s actually simplifying [...]


    5. I fell in love with Jacqueline Woodson, her sensitivity to so many issues,but importantly her writing I have read many of her books since June and find I am drawn in within the first few pages Melanin Sun than a goodread Mama Melanin Sun calls Even at thirteen, when asked what he wants says, Nothing I just want to be sure of you Being a teen isn t easy, it isn t easy in a single parent home, and it isn t easy when that one person that you are sure of, your mom, falls in love with another woman [...]


    6. This is an excellent and easy to read book that addresses issues of sexuality and racism in a fluid and tender story of the relationship between Melanin Sun, a 13 year old African American boy, and his single mother, EC Melanin s life turns upside down one day when his mother brings home her new girlfriend for him to meet Not only is EC dating a woman, but she s dating a white woman This throws Melanin for a loop, to say the least, as he navigates his own blossoming sexuality in a world of teena [...]


    7. Outstanding story of an African American teen whose mother announces that she s in love with a white woman Woodson does a beautiful job of depicting Mel s reaction confusion, fear, anger, shame He loves his mother and has been happy with their comfortable relationship, which he now sees threatened by Kristin This is the first book I ve read about a child with a gay parent in which the child reacts very negatively Woodson depicts realistically how, when Mel s friends and neighbors finally find ou [...]


    8. This is the second book written by Woodson that I have read I read the Tupac one in Comprehension class Both books appeal to young readers who easily understand the nuances of the language of the stories They relate to the teenager in the Notebooks and how he writes his feelings about his life, his mom and her white girlfriend Also entering into his feelings is Angie, a girl that stirs emotions in him that he has never felt before Pressure from his peers, racism, and betrayal are revealed in his [...]


    9. This was my second Jacqueline Woodson book and like the first one, I was captivated Something about her books makes me feel like I m all wrapped out inside of them when I m finished She doesn t use flowery language or endless descriptions But her stories are so evocative and REAL And I can totally relate to them, even though they are about Black teenagers in Brooklyn and that is definitely not my demographic When it comes to urban fiction aka short, easy to read books about poor Black and Brown [...]


    10. This book was actually much better than I expected Melanin is a really realistic character his emotions are totally believable His problems are real I really appreciate the way that the author didn t keep everything neat or politically correct in this novel The chaos and confusion are exactly right for the situation Melanin triumphs However, during the middle of the book, I was deeply scared that he d never see the light.



    11. From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun, while touching and important with its message of tolerance, can be extremely frustrating at times Readers are never given a reason why being gay was such a big deal to Melanin Is it because of Sean The overall thoughts on the subject of people he knows I found myself caring less for Melanin and caring for E.C and how hard it must have all been for her The story might have been interesting from E.C s perspective Melanin, most of the time, made it seem like she [...]


    12. From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun By Jacqueline Woodson is a story about a young boy learning to accept his mother who recently came out to his as a lesbian At the beginning of the story Melanin Sun aka Mel is an average 13 year old boy living in Brooklyn, New York He enjoys hanging out with his friends, writing in his notebooks and is crushing on Angie, a girl he goes to school with However, when his mother, EC, tells him that she is lesbian and in love with a woman named Kirsten, Mel becomes a [...]


    13. From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun , written by Jacqueline Woodson, is a novel that takes on the reality of being a son of a single mother and learns that his mother is a homosexual Melanin Sun, the main character, takes the reader through this LGBTQ novel and how he deals with this new dilemma in his life Also, being a African American male, the novel also presents other themes within the novel, like race, gender roles, and friendship However, the biggest issues that Melanin has to deal within t [...]


    14. From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun is a fictional story written by Jacqueline Woodson The story takes place in a neighborhood in New York Melanin is a 13 year old,mixed African American boy He s lived in the same apartment for his whole life His mother, who is Puerto Rican was very young when she had Melanin, and her relationship with his father ended before Melanin was born Melanin has two close friends, Sean and Raphael He enjoys spending his time writing poetry and collecting stamps The book s [...]


    15. A unique title delivering a universal message, From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun, tells the story of a boy and his mother in Brooklyn, New York Jacqueline Woodson introduces the main character, Melanin Sun to the reader in an honest, respectful manner Melanin, named after his dark skin color, lives in Brooklyn with his mother, his father left the family years earlier Melanin likes to write, collect stamps and loves his mother very much This is a story of Melanin Sun learning that his mother is a [...]


    16. From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun is a lgbt YA novel written by Jacqueline Woodson The book follow Melanin Sun during his summer break from school He hangs out with his two friends, Ralph and Sean, and tries to find the nerve to call a girl that gave Sun her phone number on the last day of school Everything was normal until Sun s mom asks him to stay home one night to meet a person very important to her Sun s mom brings home a lady, who later we find out is her girlfriend When Sun finds out his [...]


    17. Beautiful description and characterization An important book glad it was written A short read, perfect for my students, but not enough action for them I suspect My students are a hard sell.


    18. From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun follows the title character, a sensitive, introverted boy raised by his loving, free spirited mother.Melanin has to face his own prejudices that he didn t even know he had didn t know he had them because he hadn t been faced with them before There weren t white people in our world That was it No use for them in this neighborhood This was our place people of color together in harmony, away from all of their hatred and racism I didn t dislike white people, I just [...]


    19. When I picked up From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun at the Authors as Artists series with Jacqueline Woodson, I didn t know much about it I chose it because I connected with the description of Melanin on the back cover Melanin Sun sometimes has trouble getting his words out when he speaks, so instead he writes them in his notebooks I sometimes stumble when I have to speak deep truths aloud, but if I put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, the words flow much easier.I loved how the first person n [...]


    20. JAQUELINE WOODSONThis novel is written as a notebook that the main character, Melanin, is writing in He is a young boy who is very dark skinned, unlike his mother EC SHe has lighter skin and is the only parent because his father left before he was born Melanin and his mother have a very close relationship They talk about everything and are best friends She has had many men over, but none stayed very long, which was good for Melanin because he liked it with just him and his mom One day, his mom b [...]


    21. If you read my reviews, you probably know that I m a Jacqueline Woodson fan, but this one didn t quite work for me.This book is the kind of YA contemporary that frankly feels like a historical now It s about a young Black boy and his queer mother and just so much has changed about queer rights since 1995, when it was published, that I simply can t see the entire plot go the way it goes.Warning that this book has a LOT of outright hate speech and in general a huge amount of anti queer sentiment [...]


    22. From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson is a Coretta Scott King Award novel Melanin Sun is a teenager who keeps notebooks of his thoughts about the world Melanin and his mother only have each other until a secret Melanin s mother is keeping is revealed to Melanin This secret drives Melanin and his mother apart Melanin struggles with how to handle this new information so he writes it all down in his notebooks Melanin also struggles with what everyone will think of this knew news a [...]


    23. From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun was about betrayal Melanin and his mother were extremely close until she came out of the closet Melanin s thoughts and disapproval resembled how any child would have reacted to this situation I enjoyed how by the end of the book he accepted her for who she is and he also accepted her partner Even though Melanin was upset with his mother he still defended her when his friends were making fun of her I think that that is the true meaning of family I like how Jacque [...]


    24. This post is part of the Must Read Harder Challenge Grant funded by IMLS through LSTA and sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun By Woodson, JacquelinePuffin BooksA Penguin Random House CompanyBrooklyn NewYork,NY ISBN 978 0 14 241641 9LGTBGrades 7 11 Melanin Sun is, a 13 going on 14 year old African American boy growing up in Brooklyn with his single mother Mel comes across as a sweet, kind quiet boy who is happy with life till his mom tells him that [...]


    25. This book is about a young African American boy who lives in a rough ghetto neighborhood in this neighborhood homosexuality isn t welcomed, people frown upon gays and lesbians So when Melanin finds out that his mother s new spouse is a female he s furious yet confused Finding this out hurts him emotionally and mentally causing his grades to drop and getting in numerous physically and verbal fights Towards the end of the book he learns to accept his mother s decisions and her new girlfriend who h [...]


    26. This quick read lets the protagonist, Melanin Sun Mel , speak directly and personally of his mother s coming out and choosing a partner across racial lines and his resulting re examination of identity, place, belonging, and personal values Woodson doesn t attempt to write a neat and tidy, politically correct story, but rather allows the confusions, tensions, and juxtapositions of real life to sit heavy and unmediated Similarly, she doesn t hide from or pretend to ignore the ugliness of racial op [...]


    27. This is a story based on LGBQT It is about a black boy who lives with his mom, and are very happy together, they are like best friends They both enjoy spending lots of time together He has some friends who think his mom is really pretty Though his mom never brought dates home since his dad left them Melanin always writes down things on his journal, and one day he noticed something weird about mom and a friend of hers She saw her really happy together, and one day mom told him that she was a les [...]


    28. Fourteen year old Melanin Sun thinks his biggest problems are figuring out what to say to he girl he likes, learning to be less withdrawn, improving his slam dunk, and wishing his name was something like Donald or Carlos Then his mama, his only parent and near best friend, tells him something that changes his life and shows him, for the first time, what problems are really all about Her news makes him question who he is, what love means, and if he can love his mother in spite of what she tells h [...]


    29. This story is narrated by Melanin Sun, a young boy who believes his mom is his best friend until she drops some big news on him one day in the car The woman he met the other night, who he believed to be his mom s friend from the gym is actually her lover How does he tell his friends How does he now act towards his mom Melanin struggles to find the right way to answers these questions and ends the novel with a powerful message I believe the theme in this book is conflict Melanin is in conflict wi [...]


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