Finding Family by Tonya Bolden

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Delana has never known her parents. Raised by her Aunt Tilley and a reclusive grandfather, Delana has led a sheltered existence, nurtured on her aunt's wild family histories. But when Aunt Tilley dies, Delana confronts her pent-up curiosities and embarks on a quest to unravel her aunt's fictions and draw out her mysterious grandfather. In searching for her true history, Delana finds herself, and a home in the one place she never thought to look. This moving fictional story is imagined from real antique photographs that author Tonya Bolden has collected. Bolden's well-researched historical details about 1905 Charleston, West Virginia lend authenticity, while spare, lyrical writing make this young girl's coming-of-age resonate.


About Tonya Bolden

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Tonya Bolden has written numerous award-winning books for kids, including Maritcha, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. She lives in New York City. Gilbert Ford has illustrated the covers for the Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch, Horton Halfpott, and Peter Nimble. He lives in New York City.
Published October 1, 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 189 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Narrator Delana, 12, lives with her aloof grandfather and his overprotective sister Tilley, who has raised her with a long list of “bewares.” Hungry for family connection, Delana is drawn to Aunt Tilley’s assortment of family photographs and listens avidly to her summary, often harsh judgments on...

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As Delana imagines herself in the photographs and collects insights from family members—many of whom speak in expressive Southern dialect—she begins to understand the role that imagination and personal prejudice can play in coloring the past ("Was this how it started with Aunt Tilley?

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Delana’s African-American family resided in that basket—photographs of aunts and uncles and cousins were brought out to have their stories told and bits of family history absorbed by Delana.

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