Friday, May 30, 2008
When the Black Girl Sings by Bil Wright
Lanhi has a lot going on in her life. Her parents are heading toward a divorce, a boy at school is behaving inappropriately with her, and she has been nominated to sing a solo in a school singing competition. It's tough to be the only African American girl at her fancy private school, and it's sometimes tough to be adopted by white parents. When Lanhi's mom takes her to a multiracial church with a gospel choir, Lanhi begins to strive to become the person she wants to be. I loved how Lanhi took charge of her life and began to nurture her singing talent. The story line with the weird guy at school seemed out of place to me, but other than that I thought it was a good story about a girl growing up and figuring out who she is. I think it would be enjoyed by a wide variety of girls, especially those who like to sing.