Diaries of a Light-Skinned Colored Boy

Overview

Fourteen-year-old Hammond Dewayne Jeter -- called "Ham Bone" by his friends -- isn't into sports like everyone else in his school. Football and cheerleading just aren't his thing, even though his best friend, superathlete Elijah Lee Davis, dreams of life in the sports lane. What Ham Bone wants to do is be a wrier. And living through the first real wave of integration in Arkansas's public schools in the 1970s, he's got plenty to write about.

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Overview

Fourteen-year-old Hammond Dewayne Jeter -- called "Ham Bone" by his friends -- isn't into sports like everyone else in his school. Football and cheerleading just aren't his thing, even though his best friend, superathlete Elijah Lee Davis, dreams of life in the sports lane. What Ham Bone wants to do is be a wrier. And living through the first real wave of integration in Arkansas's public schools in the 1970s, he's got plenty to write about.

Told through private entries from Hammond's secret journal, Diaries of a Light-Skinned Colored Boy is at once a poignant, funny, and unforgettable portrait of growing up black and male during one of the most controversial times in America's history. This is the first book in a trilogy by bestselling author E. Lynn Harris, and his first novel for young adults.

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Bestselling author E. Lynn Harris tells of one boy's struggle growing up in Arkansas in the 1970s. Integration in schools is just beginning, and this 14-year-old has more on his mind than sports. Determined to be a writer, he keeps a journal to document all his experiences.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786806324
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Publication date: 9/1/2020
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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