Come A Stranger
Page Count: 248
Age Range: 12 and up
Series: This is #5 of 7. Can be read alone.
Ambitious and proud Mina Smiths dreams of becoming a professional dancer one day. Her spirits are crushed when she realizes that the biggest obstacle in her way is her race. She is treated differently as the only black dancer at camp and she learns that she will never be able to become a professional classical dancer. Mina’s perceptions of her place in the world as a young black woman change throughout the story as she strengthens her relationship with pastor Tamer Shipp. Mina and Tamer learn from each other and grow together as they both find their meaning in life.
I think that many middle school students can relate to this story because everyone goes through a stage in their lives when they start to reshape their perceptions of the world, just like Mina did. This book is good for young readers as it teaches them to look at things from multiple view points just as Mina does as she learns to look at discrimination and race issues through the different lenses of other characters in the book.
This book would be especially good for readers who enjoy a female protagonist.