Black Brother, Black Brother

by Jewell Parker Rhodes begins with the protagonist, Donte Ellison, wishing for invisibility, a nod to Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. Donte is the only visibly Black student at Middlefield Prep and, unlike his lighter-skinned brother, Trey gets treated unfairly. When the fencing team bully frames Donte for something he’s innocent of, and the police get involved, Donte takes it upon himself to address the injustice he faces and take back his dignity. At the Boys and Girls Club, he meets a former professional fencer who becomes his mentor. As he struggles to speak out against the discrimination he faces at school, Donte also reaches toward a deeper self-discovery. (Chapter Book)