Hm, black person (not from Africa) talking to animals . . Nutty Professor haha. I didn't think of it the first time I read it but for some reason did while reading the comments.

But really that doesn't sound the same as this story! I had a fear, not of writing PoC, but PoC main characters because I was afraid of getting it wrong, but I wrote a book with mostly multi-racial people, and tried to walk the fine line between not making stereotypes and "whitewashing", hopefully with good results.

I agree with katci13 though. . . where was her aunt before?