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Check out my latest interview with The Brown Bookshelf
The Brown Bookshelf is a blog designed to push awareness of African American voices writing for young readers. In celebration of Black History Month, they feature 28 African American authors and illustrators each day to highlight, their journey, writing process and recent books.
What an honor for me to be featured on Day 9: take a peek right, HERE!
Feel free to read a little about our books
2007 New Voices Award Winner
Published by Lee & Low Books
Illustrated by award-winning illustrator,
"This well-crafted tale would be an excellent complement to overviews of the Civil Rights Movement." (School Library Journal)
"Told from a personal viewpoint and appended with a powerful author's note, this is a story to share across generations." (Booklist)
AS FAST AS WORDS COULD FLY
Book Summary: Fourteen-year-old Mason Steele takes pride in turning his Pa's excited ramblings about the latest civil rights incidents into handwritten business letters. One day Pa brings Mason a gift from his civil rights group: an old manual typewriter that Mason cherishes.
When the civil rights group wins a school desegregation case, Mason discovers that he will attend a formerly all-white high school. Facing his fears and adversity from students and faculty, Mason excels in school -- particularly typing. Mason decides to bravely take a stand at the county typing tournament, using his typing talent to break racial barriers.
This story is based on the life of Pamela's father, Moses Teel, Jr.
Moses Teel Jr. around the same age as Mason in
As Fast As Words Could Fly
Want to find out the "truths" behind the character, Mason?
Click Here to read a moving interview with my dad, Moses Teel, Jr.
(A voice from the Civil Rights Movement)
Book Summary: "A deathbed shouldn't be the peacemaker in this family." Fifteen-year-old Renee Steele never understood what PaPa's words meant, until she's caught in the middle of a growing battle between her two older cousins. Their clashing attitudes regarding skin tone, trigger a sensitive nerve in their Grandma Bell.
As tension mounts
between the three girls, Grandma Bell detects trouble returning from the grave.
She’s determined to stop it, and takes the girls on a quest back in time to do
Her narrative begins with her secret courtship and eloping with Pa-Pa, “Buck
Steele”, because their fathers are archenemies. Due to a lack of money, the newlyweds
are forced to live with Buck’s parents, Silas and Emma. Grandma Bell's newlywed dreams turn into her worst nightmare, as she begins her married life as the despised dark-skinned daughter-in-law. Her presence does more than anger her in-laws…it
Book Summary: Sheldon
is a tall, lonely mushroom surrounded by beautiful flowers. He is often
teased because he is so plain and doesn't have a pleasant aroma.
Because of his quiet nature and different appearance, he is ignored by
the bugs and flowers as they enjoy themselves dancing and singing. To
everyone's surprise, Sheldon is needed in a life-saving emergency,
and his significance is discovered when he turns into the hero of the
day. The rhyming songs are extra tools used to express the valuable
lessons of being kind, being humble, and helping others.