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Monday, December 21, 2015

The Two Levels by Jonathan R. Miller


Summary on Goodreads.

Available on Amazon.

"When a possible outbreak leads to the quarantine of an urban shopping mall, its inhabitants quickly divide themselves into two opposing camps.

One on the first level. One on the second.

As each group scrambles to gather resources to ensure its own safety and comfort, seven-year-old Jasmine — a mixed-race girl — finds herself trapped in an unfamiliar place in every sense of the word, searching for allies in a conflict she doesn’t fully understand. With her mother injured and without a safe haven to call her own, Jasmine is forced to navigate the two levels alone until outside help arrives..." [+ More]

Lovely, really, even if at times I was exasperated with Jasmine's rambling.

How do children manage racism? When you tell a child "you are not one of us," do they have any idea what you mean? Jasmine is half black and half white.

I enjoyed seeing the way we take sides with people of our own color through Jasmine's eyes. I could feel her hesitations and not being sure of what to do, who to trust in the situation she was.

Lovely voice and portray of a seven-year old.

As you know from the summary, Jasmine and her parents were coming back from Africa when in the airport was discovered that an African sick passenger (with what I later assumed was Ebola) made it to the US.

So all hell break lose and people start running and police shooting. Jasmine and her mom ended up sheltered in a mall. The problem was that the first floor of the mall was occupied by white people and the second floor by blacks. So the mall was quarantined because they could not let contaminated people out.

It is in this mall that Jasmine goes back and forth between the first and second floor and comes to face what it means being half white and half black.

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this title.