About this title:
It is 1993 and Zak Walker, newly arrived at Carver Central High School from his native Vermont, finds himself in the same homeroom with a pretty young woman named Ivy Whitman. Zak's parents have recently separated, as his mother has returned to school, and as he tries to make friends and navigate his way in the large, diverse, urban high school, he finds himself increasing drawn to the smart, ambitious young African American woman who sometimes sits across from him. In time, Ivy, the of a career Army Colonel and a kind, loving mother from North Carolina, comes to notice this shy, quiet boy, and as they become friends she weighs her gathering affections for Zak against the gathering resistance of her best friend, Yvonne, and the absorbed wisdom of her family, to dating a "White Boy". Thirty years after the civil rights movement, she discovers, the taboos against interracial relationships are still alive and well in America, and Ivy must decide with whom her true loyalties should lie: her friends, her family, or herself.
About the Author:
David Updike is a writer, photographer, and Professor of English at Roxbury Community College in Boston, Massachusetts. He has written a collection of short stories, Out on the Marsh, (Godine, publisher) as well as six books for children, one of which, a Helpful Alphabet of Cheerful objects, features his own photographs. His essays and short stories have been published in The New Yorker, Harpers, Doubletake, Newsweek, and the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Cambridge Massachusetts with his wife, Wambui, and his fifteen year old son, Wesley.
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