February Book of the Month: The Darkest Child

“In an extraordinary fictional debut, Delores Phillips delivers a narrative with the kind of brutal force that renders a reader breathless…. A captivating and emotional tale, The Darkest Child is a narrative as much about hate as it is about love.”  —Noir! African-American Book Review

After all the books nominations and over 150 votes cast…Mocha Girls Read February book selection winner is The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips.  Take a minute to see what this book and the author are all about.

Synopsis

Rozelle Quinn is so fair-skinned that she can pass for white. Yet everyone in her small Georgia town knows. Rozelle’s ten children (by ten different daddies) are mostly light, too. They sleep on the floor in her drafty, rickety three-room shack and live in fear of her moods and temper. But they are all vital to her. They occupy the only world she rules and controls. They multiply her power in an otherwise cruel and uncaring universe.

Rozelle favors her light-skinned kids, but insists that they all love and obey her unquestioningly. Tangy Mae, thirteen, is her brightest but darkest-complected child. Tangy wants desperately to continue with her education. Shockingly, the highest court in the land has just ruled that Negroes may go to school with whites. Her mother, however, has other plans.

Rozelle wants her daughter to work, cleaning houses for whites, like she does, and accompany her to the “Farmhouse,” where Rozelle earns extra money bedding men. Tangy Mae, she’s decided, is of age.

Author Biography

Delores Phillips was born in Georgia. She is a graduate of Cleveland State University and works as a nurse in a facility for abused women and children in Cleveland. This is her first novel.

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Congratulations to Mocha Girl Delores for becoming Mocha Girls Read book for the month for February 2012.

Feel free to leave comments and thoughts here as you are reading the book. I’m looking forward to reading this book and hearing what everyone thinks of it.

Keep the pages turning!

♥Mocha Girl Alysia♥

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The Hunger Games Readalong: Progress Report 3

Now I am hooked to this book.  It took me a minute to REALLY get into it and now that I am…I am hooked.

How are you doing with the book of the month?  Are you reading along with Kris?  If so, you should be done with Chapter 18.  What do think of the first 18 chapters so far?  If you haven’t made it to this check points yet, no worries!  Here is a recap for you.

  • January 1st: Reading begins!
  • January 7th: Progress Report #1 – End of Chapter 6
  • January 14th: Progress Report #2 – End of Chapter 12
  • January 21st: Progress Report #3 – End of Chapter 18
  • January 28th: Progress Report #4 – End of Chapter 24
  • January 31st: Final Report – End of Chapter 27

Progress Report 1 (Chapter 1 to 6): Take a look and see what these bloggers thought of the first 6 chapters.

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Book Snob Wannabe

Hint of Sunshine

Pop Quiz at Mocha Girls Read

Progress Report 2 (Chapter 7 to 12): Take a look and see what these bloggers thought of the first 12 chapters.

Words That Fly

Book Snob Wannabe

Hint of Sunshine

Essay Question at Mocha Girls Read

If you haven’t made it to Chapter 18… Don’t read further!!

SPOILER ALERT!!  SPOILER ALERT!!  SPOILER ALERT!!  SPOILER ALERT!!

Chapter 12 to 18  Test Questions

1.  How many tributes can you name from the Hunger Games?

2.  What is Haymitch’s advice to Katniss before the Hunger games begin?

3.  Where are the weapons located at the beginning of the Hunger Games?

4.  What does Katniss get?

5.  What are the most important skills she has for staying alive?  What qualities of her personality keep her going?

6.  What do you think will happen next?

What do you win if you get all of the answers right?  The satisfaction of knowing you are… RIGHT!  It’s not to late to join Kris in the Read Along.  Click on the owl and it will take you right to her Read Along.  Keep the pages turning!

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The Hunger Games: Read Along

After 7 days of nominations and 98 votes we are going to read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins for January right before the movie comes out.  Must of us need a little help getting through books.  Maybe not help but a little motivation.  So…Mocha Girl Kris from Words That Fly is going to host our read along!

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How To Participate

Go to Words That Fly read along post.  Write a post and sign up using Mr. Linky at the bottom. Be sure to link to the blog post declaring your intent to take part.  For non-bloggers, simply comment on the relevant progress report posts on Words That Fly website.

Read Along Schedule for The Hunger Games

  • January 1st: Reading begins!
  • January 7th: Progress Report #1 – End of Chapter 6
  • January 14th: Progress Report #2 – End of Chapter 12
  • January 21st: Progress Report #3 – End of Chapter 18
  • January 28th: Progress Report #4 – End of Chapter 24
  • January 31st: Final Report – End of Chapter 27

Welcome to Mocha Girls Read Kris.  Can you tell us a little about yourself and your blog?

Mocha Girl Kris PictureI’m Kris and I’m a 20-year old writer/ finance student/ voracious reader/ enthusiastic blogger/ very tired after thinking about all these things. I’m the kind of person, who always has a million thoughts going through her head and can never decipher any of them. I’m likely to ramble (a lot) and sometimes I trip over my own sentences. The most important thing is that I love books and stories. I love to read them and I love to write them and it was out of this passion that my blog, Words That Fly was born.

Why are you doing this read along?

Do you remember The Hunger Games challenge I suggest a while back? Well due to inspiration from Lisa over at Baffled Books, I’ve decided to turn it into a read along. Basically, I’m proposing that we all pick up our copies and read them over the course of February in preparation for The Hunger Games movie.

Thank you so much for hosting our first Read Along Mocha Girl Kris. 

So get your books out ladies and let’s start reading. ♥ Mocha Girl Alysia♥

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Monday’s Memory for December 26, 2011

Happy Day After Christmas!  And happy first day of Kwanzaa!!  Today is Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.  Today we are going to talk about books we have read that celebrate the meaning of Umoja. 

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When I put umoja with a book title, the one that sticks out the most is The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  The young journalist, Skeeter would not have had the story for the book without the help of the other women.  One womans voice could not tell the full and complete story.  She needed the unity of a community of black women agreeing to tell their stories to make the book complete.

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Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who’s always taken orders quietly, but lately she’s unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She’s full of ambition, but without a husband, she’s considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town…

That is umoja!!

For this Monday tell me…What book have you read that celebrates maintaining unity in the family, community, nation or the race?

Happy Kwanzaa!

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Monday’s Memory for December 12, 2011

Happy Monday Ladies!  Wheewww!!! What a weekend?  Uncle’s b-day dinner, Philly’s first book club meeting, Gift Card Hop (I entered all 113 of them), completing the website outline for the month of December and February.  And I did some reading of course.  My personal goal for December is to finish all the books on my “not finished reading list.”  I have a bad habit of not finishing books if I lose interest.  Currently, I am reading three books at the moment.  Then when I jump on the plan to visit the family for Christmas I will have just the book of the month with me and on my mind.

So this Monday’s Memory is a book we allllll know well.  A children’s holiday book that was made into a movie.  The title alone says it all.  Check out this Monday’s Memory. 

Did you ever read this book?  Do you have a story about this book you would like to share?  Let us know in the comments section below?  Give us your review, thoughts and memories on this Monday’s book.  If you have a recommendation for a Monday’s Memory feel free to contact us at mochagirl@email.com

♥Happy Monday!♥

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