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In The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, the young narrator, Rachel, finds solace at the library near her high school. She is elated to read a book of poems about a girl who has a white dad and black mom. She's never read anything like that before, and is so glad to find a story similar to her own in a real book. Well, there really is a book like that --and it was awe-inspiring to me when I found it as a teenager at the North Portland Branch of the Multnomah County Library. The book, All the Colors of the Race, was written by Arnold Adoff and illustrated by John Steptoe. It's a wonderful collection of poems reflecting on biracial identity written from a young girl's perspective.  This poem, Sum People, is one of my favorites from the collection.

Arnold AdoffSum People by Arnold Adoff

The black man
said
I was a half
breed,
but I told
him
to
check out his
math:
like
one
plus
one.

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