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
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
We have all made decisions in life based on what we see moreso than what we
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
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
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
-Donnica Copeland, APOOO BookClub
I could not put this book down. Once I started, I had to finish it...to 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 matter.....it 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!