romiette&julio.jpgRomiette and Julio by Sharon M. Draper

This book is about an African American girl who fell in love with a Hispanic boy. Romiette and Julio discover that not everyone approves of their budding romance. Romiette had a chitchat with Julio one time, and she didn't know that they were going to the same school . So one time they agreed to meet each other at the lunchroom. They spent time together and built their friendship, but time passes and it's not just friendship . They felt something different for each other. In their case, the local gang called the "Devildogs" tired to ruin their relationship because they have different skin colors.

I recommend this book to teens and parents. I think this book is very interesting. Especially teens have struggles similar to Romiette and Julio. Her book relates to all teens who have been through a lot like Romiette and Julio.

You can find this book at Seattle Public Library and Ingraham High School Library You can also find it in Mr. E's Read 180 library, in the Paperbacks section, number 37.

Draperphoto1.jpg Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as acomplished writer. After becoming one of the first teachers in the nation to achieve National Board Certification in Language Arts, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She entered and won first prize in literary contest. She has published numerous poems, articles and short stories in a variety of literary journals. Sharon M. Draper spent more thirty years teaching junior high and high school students how to appreciate the beauty of literature and how to communicate their ideas. She traveled extensivly and has been guest on televison and radio throughout the country. She also wrote books like Tears of a Tiger and Forged by Fire. She won the ALA BEST Book Award and the Parent's Choice Award in 1997.

For more information, go to Sharon M. Draper's website.

by Tyra and Safia