Taneesha Never Disparaging

Taneesha Never Disparaging

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by M. LaVora Perry, Floyd Cooper
     
 

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Fifth grade isn't exactly easy for 11-year-old Taneesha Bey-Ross. For one thing, she’s getting tired of being her best friend Carli Flanagan’s personal bodyguard. Carli wears a leg brace and she’s white, and when Taneesha does stand up for Carli in the face of a local bully — a giant of a girl with big fists and army boots — she’s

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Fifth grade isn't exactly easy for 11-year-old Taneesha Bey-Ross. For one thing, she’s getting tired of being her best friend Carli Flanagan’s personal bodyguard. Carli wears a leg brace and she’s white, and when Taneesha does stand up for Carli in the face of a local bully — a giant of a girl with big fists and army boots — she’s told to expect revenge. Taneesha's also running a loser’s race for class president, and her love-hate interest Rayshaun has learned that Taneesha is a Buddhist, so now he’s taunting her, saying that she’s going to hell. Her mom may have told her that Taneesha’s got heaven in her heart, but it doesn't feel that way. And just in case she forgets it, there’s always Evella, Taneesha’s evil imaginary twin, to remind her that she’s a total failure. This beautifully written novel presents vivid characters and a timely story about the big issues that every child faces.

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Editorial Reviews

Mandala Magazine
...fun, sassy, and profound.
Teaching for Change
Simply superb. Perry has given us a snappy, funny text and a story that includes diverse characters, friendship between children across ethnicities, diverse body types and children with disabilities...a true to life depiction of growing up. A must-read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780861715503
Publisher:
Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Chapter 1: GUARANTEED PUBLIC HUMILIATION

There I was, scribbling, "Taneesha Bey-Ross, Monday, January 7, 2008," across the top of a fresh page in my writing notebook, without a clue that chaos was just minutes away. I looked through a classroom window at the freezing outside-cloudy, like it was all the time lately, with snow on the ground and everything. But you'd never have known it in Room 509 of North Cleveland's Jane Hunter Elementary School. Toasty. Just the way I like it. So toasty that even though I'd forgotten to wear a sweater, I stayed warm in my flimsy, "dress-code" get-up-white blouse, navy blue pants, black shoes.

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David Richardson
" . . . beautifully and skillfully written . . . "--(David Richardson, Reviewer for Reading Today)
Jeannine Garsee
A sweet, insightful story about friendship and self-discovery (Jeannine Garsee, Author)
Yana V. Rodgers
...a strong protagonist whose honesty and stubbornness can invoke trouble as well as a satisfying resolution. (Yana V. Rodgers, Rutgers University Department of Women's and Gender Studies)
Kelly Easton
" . . . a warm and welcome read amidst a sea of cynicism . . . "--(Kelly Easton, Author)
Magnolia Walker
...invaluable as a discussion starter...Ms.. Perry captures the true essence of an eleven-year-old...I will definitely use this novel as a "Book of the Month" in my classroom. (Magnolia Walker, Reading Teacher)
Julie M. Prince
"will resonate with its target audience..."--(Julie M. Prince, Reviewer for YABooksCentral.com)
Kathe Koja
"Taneesha's voice [is] brave and scared, funny, defiant, and bold . . . "--(Kathe Koja, Author)
Jennifer MacKay
"...pointed, relevant treatment of complicated social issues and universal human struggles..."--(Jennifer MacKay, Reviewer for BookPleasures.com)
Karen Yingling
...much to recommend it for elementary library collections... The characters are well-developed and engaging. (Karen Yingling, School Librarian)
Charlise Lyles
"...breaks new ground in introducing the colorful, textured and complex landscape of diversity that is truly America ."--(Charlise Lyles, Author)

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Meet the Author

M. LaVora Perry is a writer and the author of children's book A History of the Civil Rights Movement (Mason Crest, 2012). She is also a photojournalist, website editor, and videographer for Greater University Circle Neighborhood Voice and Neighborhood-Voice.com, a print and online publication in Cleveland, Ohio. Each monthly print edition features her front-page column. Visit her website, mlavoraperry.com.

Floyd Cooper received a Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations in The Blacker the Berry and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his illustrations in Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea and I Have Heard of a Land. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. Cooper received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma and, after graduating, worked as an artist for a major greeting card company. In 1984 he came to New York City to pursue a career as an illustrator of books and now lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, with his wife and children.

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