Color Struck received the Flamingnet Top Choice Award - July 28, 2011. Click HERE to read the 10 out of 10 review!

Color Struck made the 20 Must Read Books for Young Readers List in the May/June 2011 issue of Conversations Magazine.

Color Struck was chosen to be added to North Pitt High School's class set of books (April 2011). Click Here to see what the students and teachers are saying.

Color Struck was one of the March 2011 book selections for the National Black Home Educators Book Club. Click Here for details.

Color Struck made the TOP 100 BOOKS OF 2010 List in Conversations Magazine. Click Here for details. 

Color Struck made BOOK NEWS in the Daily Reflector. Read the article by clicking Here

Written Reviews

Color Struck is the story of Bell, a young African-American woman who runs off to marry Buck Steele in secret because their fathers do not get along. Due to lack of money, the young couple has to live with Silas and Emma Steele, Buck's parents, who are less than thrilled to have Bell in the family. Living with Silas and Emma is hard enough for Bell, but soon she realizes that something about her stirs up a Steele family secret. The book is narrated by Bell herself as she uses her past to teach her granddaughters the lessons she learned because "A deathbed shouldn't be the peacemaker in this family."

I loved "Color Struck." Bell and her granddaughters are lovable and believable, showing realistic emotion and making hard decisions. The other characters, including Buck, Silas, and Emma, were well thought out and described. While their actions were sometimes horrible, they always fit with their personalities perfectly. The storyline itself was almost addicting, and I couldn't wait to find out what horrible thing Emma would do to Bell next. The very best thing about "Color Struck" was the lesson of love and acceptance, a theme that came out in a wonderful resolution that tied up all of my questions and left me feeling full. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes family secrets, strong young women, and realistic fiction.

-Vbat, Flamingnet Teen Reviewer

  Like family reunions, storytelling answers many questions. When children have a
storyteller in the family, it helps them to understand their importance, similarities and
differences between their siblings and other family members. When a family
member tells a story of how their parents met and where they came from, it gives
the child more knowledge of who they are  and where they come from. Grandma
Bell leaves fingerprints for her three granddaughters after she notices some tension
between them, and she asks "What ails you?"

Pat proceeds to tell Grandma that since her cousin Cherie started attending honor
classes and hanging out with her "light-skinned friends," she has been acting uppity.
She also mentions how Cherie disowned her and Renee and even made Renee cry.
After confirming with Renee that what Pat was saying was the truth, grandma
comes to two conclusions; 1) Renee has a color problem and 2) its about time the
family secret is told. It is a secret that she kept while her husband Buck was alive
out of respect for him. From this point on in the story, we are privileged to partake
on a journey which begins  in 1947, a journey of family, in-laws and secrets
surrounding light-skinned and dark-skinned folks.

Color Struck takes the reader to Greenville, North Carolina to a house that William
"Buck" Steele built with hands of love and filled it with even more love and family.
Grandma Bell was Buck's baby doll, and his love for her was long, which is more
than we can say about his mother or father Emma and Silas Steele. They were
both bitter and just plain ole mean. They treated Bell less than human for years
because of the color of her skin. By the grace of God, He kept her and her
obedience granted her favor.

I wish I could've read Color Struck by a fireplace because you escape right into the
book when "listening" to Grandma Bell  tell her story. This was one of the most
emotionally-charged books I've read. Page 59 of the book starts the chapter with a
reflection quote: "A family is where you're supposed to be nourished and grow, isn't
it? How did Grandma become the beautiful person she was with such strong roots?
Especially with little sunshine and all rain." How Bell lived with her abuse  is
discussed in the book, and Grandma Bell tells each of her granddaughters so that
they don't repeat this color cycle.
Color Struck by Pamela and Joel Tuck is an excellent read.
-Missy, Urban Reviews

We have all made decisions in life based on what we see moreso than what we
might really know. It's hard to admit sometimes, but we are quick to judge things by
appearance. In Pamela and Joel Tuck's COLOR STRUCK we see the effects of
judging on the outward appearance moreso than who a person is.

The characters bring out the best and worst of all of us, showcasing how even today
we praise and criticize based on the
shape and size of things and people around us.

The book should spark a conversation that still needs to be addressed today, and I
think if given a chance, it can do just that.

Definitely an excellent read.

-Cyrus Webb, Conversations Magazine

Grandma Bell refuses to allow her granddaughters to distance themselves based on
prejudice. Renee Steele is caught in the middle of her two cousins, Cherie and Pat's
growing battle. Cherie has been ignoring her cousins at school and hanging with only
light-skinned girls, thinking that because Pat and Renee are darker that they would
be nothing and go nowhere in life. Grandma Bell decides to take the girls down
memory lane by telling them of their family history. She begins with the story of how
she met and married Pa Pa Steele, William "Buck" Steele. Buck courted Bell and
convinced her to marry him. After they elope, Bell finds out that Buck has no money
and they have to live with his parents. The Steeles wanted their son to marry well.
And by that they meant marry a nice light-skinned woman. When Buck brings Bell
home and she is just as dark as Father Steele, the beginning of her nightmare
begins. Secrets are revealed and past hurts are healed in COLOR STRUCK.

The Tucks have brought a story of healing and forgiving. I recommend this book for
young adults. They will get to learn a
little of how African Americans struggled within
their own community. And see how far we have come and hopefully not repeat the
same mistakes.
-Donnica Copeland, APOOO BookClub

I could not put this book down. Once I started, I had to finish see what
happened in the end. Would the 'color issue' continue to hurt and distroy this family?
Would the cycle continue or would it end? This topic of 'color' exists in many African
American and Hispanic cultures today. I feel this book will touch your heart and
cause you to look deeper than the skin you  see. It takes you deep into the soul and
heart of a strong matriarch who (by the life she lived) refused to let the 'color issue'
tear her family apart. What is on the outside does not is only what is
inside of a person that matters. I really  enjoyed this book. Great job on dealing with
an issue that still exists today!

I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. When I read the first chapter from the
authors' website, I knew I had to buy the
  book. The beginning was so captivating
that it left one's curiosity wondering what would happen next. The authors did not
 disappoint, at least not for me. I look forward for the next piece of work from the

I loved it, read the book in 4 days. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. The way
the author writes, you feel like you are there
   with the family. It is a wonderful book.
-Jeanine Albiges

I am an almost 11 years old boy and I usually do not like books that are written with
1940's settings, but Color Struck is the best Fiction book that I have read which took place in the 1940's. I did not get bored with the book. My favorite character was Grandma Bell. This book has a
great ending. My mom and I read the book together and we both enjoyed the book
and the discussions we had throughout reading it.

I would definitely recommend this book to some of my friends.

Once I started reading this book I knew it would be difficult to put it down. It's very
touching and has a great moral. Excellent story! I highly recommend this book.
-Damaris Outterbridge

Reading this book took me back into time. The authors did a great job of describing
the characters and making you feel apart of the story. After reading the first chapter,
I was hooked and could not put the book down. There were moments where I
laughed and cried. The character Grandma Bell was a courageous woman and I
will value the lessons learned in this book always.

Color Struck is a wonderful book with a powerful message. Prejudice of any kind is
horrible but within a family it can be devastating as in Color Struck. Not all families
are so fortunate to have a Grandma Bell (loved her). I highly recommend this book
to young adults and not so young adults. I'm looking forward to more great,
heartwarming stories from the Tucks. A sequel?
-Ms. Higginbotham

Color Struck is one-of-a-kind, an African-American novel. It tells of three teenage
girls, who are cousins that had trouble  getting along after entering into their high
school years. Renee Steele who tried to be neutral, sometimes got her feelings
hurt through this drastic change Cheri had made. Bad remarks were made that
caused grandma Bell to focus her attention on these girls. This forced grandma
Bell to reveal the family's pass history. Grandma Bell's Story tells of how she got
married, and all that it took her through. It can bring tears to your eyes, and
sometimes make you laugh. She was a very strong woman, and also had the grace
of God to keep her going.

I love those stories that take you back into the past!

A good read for young teens and up!

This book was very real. I could almost put myself in the room with each scene.
Once i started reading there was noway possible I could put it down. Every middle
school should assigned this book as part of their curriculum. Life itself is brought
to life off the pages of Color Struck as it teaches you that their is such a thin line
when it comes to prejudice. This book most definitely needs to be on every reader
list and definitely apart of the Oprah book club by all means.

Color Struck is a book after reading you will never want to forget. It is a real way of
life portrayed along with plenty of reading enjoyment. I read this book twice and it
unfolds itself as you continue to read. Very well put together. I recommend
purchasing this book if you are looking for reading pleasure on how life was spent
in early years. Looking forward to another exciting book from the authors.
-Tamlin Outterbridge

Color Struck is an amazing book. I finished it in only a couple of days because once
I picked it up I couldn't put it down.
-Sarah Elphick


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