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The Weight of Blood

av Tiffany D. Jackson

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Suspense. Thriller. Young Adult Fiction. Young Adult Literature. HTML:

* AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * INDIE BESTSELLER * JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION * KIDS' INDIE NEXT LIST PICK * NPR BEST PICK * KIRKUS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR *

New York Times bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson ramps up the horror and tackles America's history and legacy of racism in this suspenseful YA novel following a biracial teenager as her Georgia high school hosts its first integrated prom.

When Springville residents??at least the ones still alive??are questioned about what happened on prom night, they all have the same explanation . . . Maddy did it.

An outcast at her small-town Georgia high school, Madison Washington has always been a teasing target for bullies. And she's dealt with it because she has more pressing problems to manage. Until the morning a surprise rainstorm reveals her most closely kept secret: Maddy is biracial. She has been passing for white her entire life at the behest of her fanatical white father, Thomas Washington.

After a viral bullying video pulls back the curtain on Springville High's racist roots, student leaders come up with a plan to change their image: host the school's first integrated prom as a show of unity. The popular white class president convinces her Black superstar quarterback boyfriend to ask Maddy to be his date, leaving Maddy wondering if it's possible to have a normal life.

But some of her classmates aren't done with her just yet. And what they don't know is that Maddy still has another secret . . . one that will cost them all their lives… (mer)

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This book was one of my favorites, to me, it felt like a cross between Imitation of Life and Carrie. The story revolves around a young girl named Maddy, who is biracial, but who has always been forced by her white father, to pass herself off as white. Maddy attends high school in a small town in Georgia, where even though she passes herself off as white, she is still the target of bullying and is no more than a social outcast amongst her peers. However, after a viral video expose the school's racist background, students decide to host an integrated prom in order to prove that they aren't racist at all. Like the story Carrie, the popular (white) class president convinces her (black) quarterback boyfriend to ask Maddy to the dance. During this time, a rainstorm reveals the fact that Maddy is in fact bi-racial, and during the dance, when the students decide to play the ultimate bullying prank on Maddy, Maddy discovers that she's got powers of her own to help her fight against here bullies.

Again, this was a great story that reminded me so much of Imitation of Life; with Maddy passing herself as white, and Carrie, with the theme of bullying, social outcasts, and powers of destruction that ultimately leave the bullies in shock. This story also holds important messaging about being biracial and trying to fit in, and about bullying in general. I think the themes of race and bullying are so important to discuss in school because even though we are pride ourselves on being a "diverse and multicultural" society, there is still so much hate and racism in the world, and because of social media it seems as though bullying is getting worse instead of better. ( )
  RaeDCordova | Apr 17, 2024 |
Gr 9 Up—Maddy Washington has been passing for white in her small town until a rainstorm reveals the truth,
leading to a national spotlight on the racism that dominates her high school. When pushed to her limit and when
racial tensions reach a boiling point, the teen uses supernatural abilities to exact justice on those who have done her
wrong in this suspenseful novel.
  BackstoryBooks | Apr 1, 2024 |
I don’t like much horror, but this was recommended as a great audiobook and I’ve heard good things about this author. I ended up liking it, particularly because of the way it remixed Carrie by Stephen King. This is the kind of YA book that feels like it’s really for teens, not just about teens. I immediately recommended it to my niece. ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
Favorite of the year! My thoughts here: https://youtu.be/4B35uLMiCDY ( )
  VanessaMarieBooks | Dec 10, 2023 |
Highly recommend the audiobook. Multiple narrators made this a more immersive experience. While the foundation may be familiar, the buildup was well-done with the added bonus of social relevance. ( )
  ilkjen | Nov 21, 2023 |
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Suspense. Thriller. Young Adult Fiction. Young Adult Literature. HTML:

* AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * INDIE BESTSELLER * JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION * KIDS' INDIE NEXT LIST PICK * NPR BEST PICK * KIRKUS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR *

New York Times bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson ramps up the horror and tackles America's history and legacy of racism in this suspenseful YA novel following a biracial teenager as her Georgia high school hosts its first integrated prom.

When Springville residents??at least the ones still alive??are questioned about what happened on prom night, they all have the same explanation . . . Maddy did it.

An outcast at her small-town Georgia high school, Madison Washington has always been a teasing target for bullies. And she's dealt with it because she has more pressing problems to manage. Until the morning a surprise rainstorm reveals her most closely kept secret: Maddy is biracial. She has been passing for white her entire life at the behest of her fanatical white father, Thomas Washington.

After a viral bullying video pulls back the curtain on Springville High's racist roots, student leaders come up with a plan to change their image: host the school's first integrated prom as a show of unity. The popular white class president convinces her Black superstar quarterback boyfriend to ask Maddy to be his date, leaving Maddy wondering if it's possible to have a normal life.

But some of her classmates aren't done with her just yet. And what they don't know is that Maddy still has another secret . . . one that will cost them all their lives

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