Color Me In
Author: Natasha Díaz
16-year-old Nevaeh Levitz has lived her entire life with her Jewish father and her black mother. Then her parents split up and she leaves her affluent suburban home, moving to Harlem with her mother. There, she’s excited to get to know her extended family, but quickly realizes that they don’t think she belongs. One cousin particularly thinks Nevaeh is too privileged, pampered, and selfish to understand and relate to the injustices that African Americans face each day. At the same time, Nevaeh’s dad decides to throw her a belated bat mitzvah instead of a sweet sixteen party for her birthday. Feeling pushed and pulled from both sides of her family, Nevaeh must find her own voice and decide who she wants to be. Your teens will be moved as Diaz draws on her own personal experiences to tell a touching story of race and identity.