Twice as Perfect

Onomé, L.
Seventeen-year-old Nigerian-Canadian Adanna is surrounded by pressure: from her parents to succeed in their chosen career for her; not being ostracized by her family if she rebels as did her brother six years earlier; being in her cousin’s celebrity wedding; and fitting into her Canadian school life and the debating team. A chance encounter with her brother makes Adanna realize that her happiness is as important as her parents’ expectations. This engaging novel can be used for a read-aloud, literature circle, or independent novel and focuses on personal and cultural identity, the differing mindsets of immigrant parents and their children, and challenges children of immigrants can face.
English Language Arts
  • 10-12