Lu, better known as Lightning, is fast, super fast and he knows it. But now his coach wants him to try hurdles, and for some reason, those hurdles seem to be insurmountable to him. With the end of the season championship looming large, Lu can’t seem to shake the feeling that these hurdles can’t be jumped. Then, on top of that, his parents drop a bit of a bomb on him. Something has happened that he thought couldn’t and it makes him wonder if he is as special as he thinks he is.
After all, he has had to deal with a lot growing up – due to the fact that he is albino, which means he has no pigmentation in his skin. Everyone around him is brown, but he isn’t and he often wonders what he would look like if he were brown, like his parents and friends.
Lu by Jason Reynolds is a story about realizing that no one is perfect, even the people that you always thought were, and how do you reconcile learning that with moving on and still valuing those people for what and who they are now. Often times that person is yourself.
Recommended for grades 6 and up.