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QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS FROM READERS
I enjoyed your new book, "As Fast As Words Could Fly"! I hated when I turned that last page. If I could tip my hat to Mason and his brothers for their bravery in entering into an all white high school, I would, also Mason for his excellency in his typing skills. It was wonderful how he stayed focused even with all the tension. I am amazed that his skills were acknowledged, and that he was given the opportunity to enter into the contest. Some would have overlooked him and accepted the next best. I can imagine how they felt, since I experienced similar situations in my school days, only it was a different scenario.
Joann (Dover, DE)
As Fast As Words Could Fly is a wonderful and heartwarming story of courage and triumph. At 14 Mason had experience writing business letters for his father's Civil Rights group, but no experience when he had to live some of what he wrote about. He didn't give in to his fears. Confidence in himself and his ability kept Mason focused on the challenges ahead. Eric Velasquez's dramatic illustrations add a powerful impact to the story. I loved this book and recommend it highly. Pamela Tuck is truly a great, inspirational writer and storyteller. I look forward (anxiously) to more from her.
A few minutes ago I read the last page of "Color Struck". I did not stop
until I finished reading. I had to take a moment to exhale and wipe away
tears. What a powerful piece of writing! There were [reflections] of my early
childhood with a sister who was a few shades lighter than me. My mother's
death, when I was 22 months, began my journey wrapped in dark skin. My
caregiver, my mother's former stepmother, took the two of us when my mother
died. She decided to give my sister away to a couple, light skin wife &
dark skin husband, in our rural community. I suffered a second loss. None of
this stings as much as being told a few days later, "I shoulda gave you away
and kept your sister cause you too dark." I was four years old. That night I
sat in that number three tub and tried to scrub the black off my skin. It
didn't work. Your book is timely and I am thankful to have found it in
my search for literature for African American children.
Thank you for addressing an issue that still impacts some children (and adult) lives. I look forward to reading more of your books. Please consider sending notification and if possible, a copy for us to share in our column. I teach a children's literature course at Marygrove College where I'm Coordinator of the Graduate Reading Program. Your book will be required reading this Fall!
Vivian (Detroit, MI)
Greetings! I am a fellow Author myself & have recently read your book Color Struck.......WOW!!! The amount of Real Knowledge one can gain by reading this Novel is Amazing! I looked forward to reading it every night until I finished it. You have reflected on a subject that has been "hushed" in today's modern society but does still sadly exist. I liked the way you told the story thru the eyes of different people to reflect the Complete Story. I also find your Website to be very well organized & informative. These Young Children these days NEED to read & hear stories like these to let them get a better understanding of Prejudice in our communities. This book should be offered as Standard Fare in Every Schools List of Must-Read Books! God Bless you & your Husband to achieve Great Success!!!
Jay Brown, Author of "Heaven or Hell: Growing Up as a Youth in America
Katie age 6, visits us from time to time with her grandparents. I gave her "The Adventure of Sheldon the Mushroom" to read, but at that time she was too young and could not read, so I let her listen to the CD and look at the pictures in the book. Now almost every time Katie visits, she asks me to play the CD of "The Adventure of Sheldon the Mushroom". She just loves it!!!
Joann (Dover, DE)
I purchased your book [Color Struck] at the Philadelphia Free Library Festival in April 2011. I just finished reading it. It only took me a few days, although it was on my shelf for over a month. Your story was great and I truly could relate. I gave you an A+ again -- WHAT A GREAT STORY!!!!!!!!
Lynette (Philadelphia, PA)
I am Pat and met you in Collingswood at the book festival, and bought your book. I loved reading it and will read it again after my husband finishes it, as I am sure there are things I missed. You mentioned if I'd write, you would respond with the parts that are true and what is not. Also, are you Renee???? Looking forward to hearing from you.
A little slow start, but finally got to read your book [Color Struck]. It was good, wonderful and incredible. I loved it. Many blessings to you.
Ann (Philadelphia, PA)
Therol (Harleysville, PA)