Minni has always identified strongly with her African-American heritage. While she looks like her Irish-American dad, her family's history on her mother's side, and her African American roots, are an important part of who she is. Minni has always been jealous of the way that her twin sister, Keira, resembles their mother, with dark skin and curly, dark hair. Plus, Minni hates that when people see her with her sister, they assume that because Minni looks white and Keira doesn't, they are friends rather than sisters. She's always been told her color isn't important, but she wonders if that's really true, especially when she starts to notice some subtle and not-so-subtle ways her sister is treated differently. When their grandmother insists the two girls enter into a pageant for African-American girls, the Miss Black Pearl Preteen Pageant, Minni and Keira travel to North Carolina to compete. Minni's right to compete in the pageant is questioned, and her sister, who has always been her best friend, becomes distant. Minni is terrified to compete in the pageant and uncertain of her right to be there. Do Minni's looks matter more than who she is? Can she and her sister remain close when it seems like their skin color will always pull them apart in society's eyes? This moving, funny sister story is a satisfying read about family, defining who you are, and overcoming fears to stand up for what you believe.
Date read: 1/24/2013