Ashley and Tiana

Ashley and Tiana

by Jessica R. Dreistadt


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ISBN-13: 9781535339964
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/18/2016
Pages: 86
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.21(d)

About the Author

Jessica R. Dreistadt is a writer, scholar, and activist. She is the founding director of The Fruition Coalition and the author of ten books about leadership and social change.

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Ashley and Tiana 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
jb70 More than 1 year ago
I read this book online for free at This is the first non-picture book that I have read entirely on the computer. With my children I don't often get the chance to sit down for long in front of the computer during the day, and by the time I do get a break at night I have too many other things that need my attention. I wasn't sure if I would like seeing it on the screen rather than being able to hold it but it wasn't as issue. This book is written for young adults and is less than 100 pages long, so it read fairly quickly. Ashley and Tiana are two 12-year-old girls from New York who meet at a summer science camp in Pennsylvania. Tiana is African American and from the Bronx while Ashley is Jewish and from the Village. They become roommates and friends and teach each other about rap and punk music in 1981. Both girls have lost a parent and feel alone. They maintain their friendship even after they return to the city but aren't sure how their parents react to their being friends. I'm not really all that familiar with what music was being made or listened to in the early eighties, so many of the bands mentioned weren't ones I could bring to mind songs for. It was neat how the characters had records to listen to and a boom box which added to the feeling of the 1980's. While I can see this book opening children's eyes about both the differences and similarities we all share, I am not sure if current 12 year olds would relate well to the time references. While I like music, it has never been my passion so I wonder if I had been more into music if it would have added another element to my enjoyment . Part of what made me decide to read this book is that they author is someone I went to school with. I think many of us dream of one day writing and publishing a book and I very happy for her that she has made this dream happen. It is inspiring to me to see her success. She has mentioned that she is working on another book and it will be interesting to see what the next one will be about.