Jodi Picoult tackles issues of race and privilege in this original short story, a prequel to her upcoming novel Small Great Things.
In "Shine", the master storyteller and New York Times best-selling author of Leaving Time and My Sister's Keeper introduces listeners to the unforgettable Ruth Brooks. Today is Ruth's first day of third grade at Dalton. The prestigious institution on New York's Upper East Side couldn't be more different from her old school in Harlem. Despite being the smartest girl in her grade, Ruth suspects that her classmates and teachers see only her dark skin. She also notices that Christina, the daughter of her mother's employer, treats Ruth very differently when they're hanging out with the popular girls rather than playing together. Ruth must navigate between two worlds, never losing sight of the dreams she has for herself - in hopes that someday someone will see her for who she really is.
©2016 Jodi Picoult (P)2016 Random House Audio
A lovely story of coping in a environment designed for others. How unfair and cruel children (and adults!) can be to those who are different! The narrator did an excellent job. I was sad that the story was ended.
I really struggled with this. I'm glad I got this before buying Small Great Things since it's narrated by the same person. I'll just read this book myself because I can't stand this narrator for some reason.
yes...it gives a bit more about the main character as a child
...BUT for the small amount of time, that really could have been incorporated into the main book... OR since its a back story, delved more into each of the main characters and their relationship to each other back then. I would loved to have known the perspective from Christina and the Moms (both) even though they are not pivotal to the main story.
No matter what she says, sings or acts, she is the best.
certainly not worth a credit but worth the $1.88 I spent. You can forgo it and still get a descent character understanding in the main title.
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This story takes me back years ago when I was a third grader... I wanted a yellow ponytail. I thought - "myself if I could only have a yellow ponytail that swung when I walked, I would be just as good". Well, I'm 70 now and I still have short black hair and I know I am "just as good"! Bravo Jodi!!
Mother of three, grand-ma to my sweet baby.
Beautifully written, and heart wrenching.
When will we learn to love one another for who we are.
Jodi Picoult always makes you think and look inside.
This story left me wanting more not because it was short necessarily but because there seemed to be a lack of plot line. A nice short story for those who enjoyed the characters from the larger novel but could have been more.
I enjoyed reading the beginning of Ruth going to school but it was too short; just as I got into the story it ended. 😞
In all honesty I already completed the book I should've read this first.
I gave the story a rating of four stars only because I wanted more!
I read small great things first and was awed and learned so much. This snippet of a young girls life is profound and makes you go back in time remembering situations. If only, if only...it's never too late to make small great differences every day.
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