The Color of My Words

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Twelve-year-old Ana Rosa is a blossoming writer growing up in the Dominican Republic, a country where words are feared. Yet there is so much inspiration all around her — watching her brother search for a future, learning to dance and to love, and finding out what it means to be part of a community — that Ana Rosa must write it all down. As she struggles to find her own voice and a way to make it heard, Ana Rosa realizes the power of her words to transform the world around her — and to transcend the most unthinkable of tragedies.



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Joanna Cotler books.;When life gets difficult for Ana Rosa, a twelve-year-old would-be writer living in a small village in the Dominican Republic, she can depend on her older brother to make her feel better–until the life-changing events on her thirteenth birthday.;Ages 10-up.



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“An achingly beautiful story.”–Kirkus Reviews (starred review)



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“Eloquent.”–ALA Booklist (starred review)



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“Finely wrought.”–Publisher’s Weekly



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“Poetically structured, vividly imagined.”–The Horn Book



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“Lovely and lyrical.”–School Library Journal



Publisher Marketing:

Américas Award Winner

“An achingly beautiful story.”–Kirkus (starred review) “Eloquent.”–Booklist (starred review) “Lovely and lyrical.”–School Library Journal

This powerful and resonant Américas Award-winning novel tells the story of a young girl’s struggle to find her place in the world and to become a writer in a country where words are feared.

Seamlessly interweaving both poetry and prose, Lynn Joseph’s acclaimed debut is a lush and lyrical journey into a landscape and culture of the Dominican Republic.

The Color of My Words explores the pain and poetry of discovering what it means to be part of a family, what it takes to find your voice and the means for it to be heard, and how it feels to write it all down.



Review Citations:
  • Kliatt 05/01/2002 pg. 19 (EAN 9780064472043, Paperback)
  • Wilson Middle/Jr. High Catalog 04/11/2019 (EAN 9780064472043, Paperback)
  • Publishers Weekly 08/07/2000 pg. 96 (EAN 9780060282325, Hardcover)
  • Kirkus Review – Children 08/15/2000 pg. 1198 (EAN 9780060282325, Hardcover) – *Starred Review
  • Horn Book Magazine 09/01/2000 pg. 572 (EAN 9780060282325, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 09/01/2000 pg. 232 (EAN 9780060282325, Hardcover)
  • Booklist 10/15/2000 pg. 435 (EAN 9780060282325, Hardcover) – *Starred Review
  • ALA Notable Children’s Books 01/01/2001 pg. 1381 (EAN 9780060282325, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2000 pg. 75 (EAN 9780060282325, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2001 pg. 75 (EAN 9780060282325, Hardcover)
  • Publishers Weekly 08/04/2000 (EAN 9780060282325, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 08/24/2000 (EAN 9780060282325, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Middle/Jr. High Catalog 04/11/2019 (EAN 9780060282325, Hardcover)
  • Kirkus Review – Children 08/15/2000 pg. 1198 (EAN 9780060282332, Library Binding) – *Starred Review
  • Horn Book Magazine 09/01/2000 pg. 572 (EAN 9780060282332, Library Binding)
  • School Library Journal 09/01/2000 pg. 232 (EAN 9780060282332, Library Binding)
  • Booklist 10/15/2000 pg. 435 (EAN 9780060282332, Library Binding) – *Starred Review
  • Booklist 11/15/2000 pg. 631 (EAN 9780060282332, Library Binding)
  • ALA Notable Children’s Books 01/01/2001 pg. 1381 (EAN 9780060282332, Library Binding)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2000 pg. 75 (EAN 9780060282332, Library Binding)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2001 pg. 75 (EAN 9780060282332, Library Binding)
  • School Library Journal 08/24/2000 (EAN 9780060282332, Library Binding)

Contributor Bio:  Joseph, Lynn

Lynn Joseph was born in Trinidad and is the author of many picture books for children about her island home, including A Wave in Her PocketAn Island ChristmasThe Mermaid’s Twin Sister, and Jump Up Time: A Trinidad Carnival Story. This is her second novel about the Dominican Republic, following her acclaimed book The Color of My Words, winner of the Américas Award. She has two sons, Jared and Brandt, and resides in New York and Bermuda.

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