You Don’t Even Know Me: Short Stories and Poems About Boys

You Don’t Even Know Me: Short Stories and Poems About Boys

They fall in love, plot revenge, seek to be understood. They sit in class, show their colors, date your daughter and dream of making it big.  But do you know them, these brazen, brilliant, bold young men walking among us? In my new novel, young men celebrate love, mentor younger boys, wrestle with HIV and comtemplate suicide. They dodge adults, brag about becoming president and wonder if they’ll be alive in the morning.   Boys: Do we know ‘em?

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The Skin I’m In

The Skin I’m In

Thirteen-year old Maleeka Madison is tall, skinny, and dark-skinned.  That's a problem for her, because it's such a problem for everyone else at school, it seems.  To make her life easier, Maleeka befriends the toughest girl in school.  Only bullies force you to pay more than you’d like, so life for Maleeka just gets harder, until she learns to stand up for herself and love the skin she's in.

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Begging for Change

Begging for Change

Raspberry’s mother gets attacked and her estranged father returns. Sato is looking at Raspberry differently now—like maybe he’d like her to be his girlfriend.  Raspberry's girls Zora, Ja’nae and Mai, always stand by her. But it's different now.  Life's not so simple.   Zora doesn't want her father dating Raspberry's mom.  Mai is struggling with being bi-racial, and can't understand why her father wants her Korean cousins to spend the summer with them.   Raspberry’s world is never boring. Read the novel and find out why.

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Money Hungry

Money Hungry

Raspberry Hill loves money. Her friends know this—which is why they are always caught up in one of her hair-brain schemes. But when Raspberry and her mother face homeless again, friendships begin to strain and money begins to mean more to her than ever. Will she choose money over friendship? Cash over common sense?  Would you?

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Who Am I Without Him

Who Am I Without Him

In the game of love, young men and women weigh what they need from the opposite sex against what they need to find in themselves. This popular short-story collection gives twelve unique trysts. As relationships go either right or wrong, with surprising, often funny, always on-point results,  readers will appreciate the warning signs and perhaps save themselves from the same fate as these fictional characters. A great read for teens in class or for parents and teens, or grown ups who are still young at heart.

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Bang!

Bang!

When bullets fly, people die and families suffer and sometimes never recover. That’s what thirteen-year-old Mann realizes two years after his six year old brother is shot and killed. As the violence continues in his community, Mann’s grieving father takes extraordinary measures to save his remaining son’s life. Only Mann, a gifted painter who is fond of Leonardo DiVinci and riding horses, isn’t prepared for the world his father ushers him into. As a result, he learns some hard lessons and has to make some difficult choices in order to set his life right.  Themes explored in this book include family and community, art, animals and healing, violence, grief and forgiveness.

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The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street

The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street

Queens, castles and princely gents don’t just exist in fairy tales. They’re in the inner city as well. In this novel, readers meet a little queen who learns about friendship and kindness from a prince who wears tattered clothing, and an elderly man who speaks in riddles, and keeps elephants in his study.

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Awards & Recognitions

  • Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent
  • Publishers Weekly Author to Watch
  • New York Public Library Top Ten Book for the Teen Age
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adult Readers
  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers
  • Texas Lonestar Reading List
  • Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year
  • YWCA Racial Justice Award
  • Detroit Free Library Author of the Year Award
  • Starred Review in Publishers Weekly

Awards & Recognitions

  • International Reading Association Young Adults’ Choices
  • Booklist
  • YALA Quick Picks For Young Adult Readers
  • Texas Lonestar Reading List
  • CCBC Choices
  • Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year

 

  • Starred Review in Publisher’s Weekly

Awards & Recognitions

  • Coretta Scott King Honor Award
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh One Community One Book
  • Starred review in Booklist Magazine
  • New York Public Library Top Ten Books for the Teen Age
  • LA Times Recommended Books for Teens
  • Carolyn Field Honor Book

Awards & Recognitions

  • Coretta Scott King Honor Award
  • Chicago Best of the Best Books
  • Booklist Editor’s Choice Award
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adult Readers
  • Booklist Top 10 Romance Novels for Youth
  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers
  • New York City Library Top Ten Books for the Teen Age
  • CCBC Choices
  • Missouri Gateway Readers Award Nominee
  • Georgia Peach Book Nominee
  • Florida Association for Media Education Nominee

 

Awards & Recognitions

  • Detroit Free Library’s Author of the Year Award
  • Voya’s Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers
  • CCBC Choices Best of the Best
  • Book Sense Children’s Picks

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Awards & Recognitions

Starred review in Publishers Weekly Magazine

Discussion Guide

Download the guide (PDF)

Audio

Listen to a sample of the book.