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Birth fatherBut the only clues to this birth father’s identity are a class ring and a pair of pilot’s wings And so Connor takes it upon himself to investigate a pursuit that becomes even pressing when Dad is hospitalized after a stroke What Connor discovers wil. E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineAfter Connor s grandmother dies his father is not himself He mopes around and seems extraordinarily depressed It turns out that the grandmother has left a letter indicating that Connor s grandfather was actually a WWII pilot There are a few clues and Connor and his father try to follow them until the father has a significant medical episode that lands him in the hospital Connor finds out that his grandfather was actually a Tuskegee Airman and that he is one uarter African American As his father regains his health Connor learns and details about his past as well as about the role that African American pilots played in the war and how they were treated afterwards Strengths We certainly need books about the Tuskegee Airmen and the role of African Americans in the war This is a short book and has an appealing cover so I think that students would pick it up Weaknesses Novels in verse are particularly ill suited to historical topics because they don t give as much background information as may be needed I am super super picky about novels in verse and this one didn t have the scansion and poetic elements that make a book poetic for me The subject matter didn t support the use of blank verse either Also unless this book was set in the 1990s the timeline of having a teenager in 2015 having a grandfather who fought in WWII didn t work for me Well it did barely What I really think I ll probably buy this because there is still an overwhelming interest in WWII

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L lead him and his father to a new richer understanding of race identity and each otherIn this elouent first novel in verse by renowned poet Marilyn Nelson she tells the story of a boy embracing his newfound genealogy and his surprising connection to American histor. I love finding meaningful stories about race and identity written for younger audiences American Ace is a treasure I m sure to promote in the schools Marilyn Nelson plots the story of what happens when a young Italian American learns his Italian grandfather had not been his grandfather that in fact his grandfather had actually been an American World War II pilot I love the choice to write each step of the journey in one page of verse The language is both simple and profound and deceptively easy on the eye It begins in the weeks after his grandmother s funeral watching in impotent sorrow and his father withdraws from the family and life in apparent grief and confusion The family s support pull the father out of his depression and he tells his son of their new hereditary legacy a secret his grandmother had revealed in a letter after her deathWhat follows is a light mystery the wonder of who Connor really is Themes of identity family and race make this book a wonderful addition to our diverse reads It would also make for a great elementary age book club title or a Howard County Library System s Battle of the Books title Via Suez (British): Blue Funnel Line (Merchant Navy Series Book 3) of race identity and each Zenith otherIn this elouent first novel in verse by renowned poet Marilyn Nelson she tells the story A Pale Light in the Black of a boy embracing his newfound genealogy and his surprising connection to American histor. I love finding meaningful stories about race and identity written for younger audiences American Ace is a treasure I m sure to promote in the schools Marilyn Nelson plots the story Devil Versus Alpha The Millennium Wolves of the journey in Spieserye one page Feral of verse The language is both simple and profound and deceptively easy Krismis van Map Jacobs on the eye It begins in the weeks after his grandmother s funeral watching in impotent sorrow and his father withdraws from the family and life in apparent grief and confusion The family s support pull the father Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods out Crust From Sourdough Spelt and Rye Bread to Ciabatta Bagels and Brioche of his depression and he tells his son Til Death Do Us Part (Vows, of their new hereditary legacy a secret his grandmother had revealed in a letter after her deathWhat follows is a light mystery the wonder Mensa Riddles Conundrums of who Connor really is Themes Julie of the Wolves of identity family and race make this book a wonderful addition to The Right Swipe our diverse reads It would also make for a great elementary age book club title Touched or a Howard County Library System s Battle Dark Prophet The Chronicles of Koa of the Books title

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It’s funny to think about identity I wonder how much of us we inherit and how much we createConnor’s grandmother leaves his dad a letter when she dies and the letter’s confession shakes their tight knit Italian American family The man who raised Dad is not his. FTC Disclosure I received an advance galley of this book for review consideration This did not sway my thoughts on the books in any way Initial Thoughts Oh boy If I ever get my own classroom I m teaching this bookThis review can also be found on my blog The Hardcover LoverAmerican Ace is the first book that I ve read by National Book Award Finalist Marilyn Nelson and I m pretty sure that it won t be my last I didn t know what to expect when this book showed up on my doorstep but what I got was a book that I know will stick with me for the rest of my life because it s full of life and historyTold in a poetic like prose American Ace tells the story of a teenager named Connor Bianchini Connor has grown up believing that he s half Italian American and half Irish America He s very close to his father s side of the family and they all help run the family owned Italian restaurant Connor s world changes after his grandmother passes away He notices changes in his father and he doesn t think that it s just grief He soon finds out that his grandfather the man who raised his father is not a blood relative His father was adopted and he now has clues a class ring and a pair of pilot s wings to help figure out their new genetic identityI loved how Ms Nelson approached identity in American Ace Following Connor s journey is an interesting ride and it s one that readers will remember for a long time to come It s full of uestions but it s also full of answers Not only will readers find out about Connor and his father s journey to discover who they are but they will learn a great deal about history particularly the Tuskegee AirmenThe most important part of the book is how Connor feels To him it doesn t matter that things in his life are changing He embraces the change and wants to learn as much as he can I loved that I m sure that we all want to know who we are and where we come from and Connor takes it upon himself to find that out for his father In the end he finds out a lot about a whole group of people instead of the one person who gave him his DNAThemes included in this book are family racial identity and personal identity There are moments that show you just how strong the bond of a family is and there are moments in the book that show you how just one new piece of information can change your whole outlook on lifeAmerican Ace isn t a book I would have picked up on my own and I m very grateful that Penguin sent it to me I enjoyed the historical aspects and I also enjoyed Connor s story I would recommend American Ace to middle grade and YA readers I would also recommend this title to teachers and school librarians I think it would be a great book for kids to read to learn about WWII and the Tuskegee Airmen


10 thoughts on “American Ace

  1. says:

    Review can also be found in my blog Nelson is an award winning poet author of the moving A Wreath for Emmett Till and the terrific How I Discovered Poetry She writes elouently about issues of race African American civil rights history and history in general Unfortunately American Ace falls short as a novel in verse The narrative is far too slim and the individual poems are not substantive enough to make it a s

  2. says:

    American Ace is a fascinating book I’m not done reading it but I can just tell it’s going to be amazing all around American Ace tells the reader about a dad and a daughter living a life where the dads mom die aka the daughters aunt It takes

  3. says:

    FTC Disclosure I received an advance galley of this book for review consideration This did not sway my thoughts on the books in any way Initial Thoughts Oh boy If I ever get my own classroom I'm teaching this bookThis review can also be found on my blog The Hardcover LoverAmerican Ace is the first book that I've read by National Book Award Finalist Marilyn Nelson and I'm pretty sure that it won't be my last I didn't know what to expect w

  4. says:

    It's kind of hard to write a review so It's an ok story about an Italian family and their heritage connected to World War II Just read it

  5. says:

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineAfter Connor's grandmother dies his father is not himself He mopes around and seems extraordinarily depressed It turns out that the grandmother has left a letter indicating that Connor's grandfather was actually a WWII pilot There are a few clues and Connor and his father try to fo

  6. says:

    I liked it but it feels a little thin and entirely too purposeful which it was see author's note I feel annoyed at the editor who said it had to be for those who don't know who the Tuskegee Airmen were; I believe N

  7. says:

    A young Italian American teen discovers he is 14th African American and as his father searches for information of his birth father discovers the Tuskegee Airmen and their heroic tale

  8. says:

    I love finding meaningful stories about race and identity written for younger audiences American Ace is a treasure I'm sure to promote in the schools Marilyn Nelson plots the story of what happens when a young Italian Amer

  9. says:

    Love the author's explanation at the end How This Book Came to Be and Why an Older African American Woman Ended Up Writing as a Young White Man Nelson is such a good story teller I like the juxtaposition of the titles on the left hand page showing the progress of Conner's father's recovery with the poem on the right hand page tell

  10. says:

    Okay once I got to the end and read the author's note about why she structured the book the way she did I was a little on board I think the book reads like it's two books The first part is Connor's dad discovering that his heritage is different than he thought and the family exploring that and coming to grips

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