Life for Alex Schrader has never involved girls. He goes to an all-boys prep school and spends most of his time goofing around with his friends. But all that changes the first time he meets Bijou Doucet, a Haitian girl recently relocated to Brooklyn after the earthquake-and he is determined to win her heart. For Bijou, change is the only constant, and she's surprised every day by how different life is in America, especially when a boy asks her out. Alex quickly learns that there are rules when it comes to girls-both in Haitian culture and with his own friends. And Bijou soon learns that she doesn't have to let go of her roots to find joy in her new life. Told in alternating viewpoints against the vibrant backdrop of Haitian-American culture, Alex and Bijou take their first tender steps toward love in this heartwarming story.... experience of a newly arrived seventh-grade girl whose country and culture seem so often to be ignored, misunderstood, or feared. ... When I met with Toni, she told me about a funny instance of the word aHaitiana being misunderstood as aAsian, a which I ... until adulthood, girls are rarely more than a few steps away from a family member, teacher, priest, or other authority figure. I wanted to portray this as realistically as possible, but it posed a problem: if Bijou wouldna#39;t be allowed toanbsp;...
|Title||:||A Song for Bijou|
|Publisher||:||Bloomsbury Publishing USA - 2013-02-12|