Delana has never known her parents. She’s been raised by Grandpa, who doesn’t say much, and Aunt Tilley, who says plenty—just not the things Delana wants to hear. Aunt Tilley’s family stories are wild and not to be trusted, while her Book of Bewares—including boys, fairs, even peeling a potato—keeps Delana from doing much of anything …
Rites of Passage by Tonya Bolden presents a rich assortment of 17 short stories by black writers from around the world sharing what is was like growing up.
Owen and Tammy Bradley are a mischievous brother and sister who one day race playfully away from home in search of fun and adventure. And they find it—only not where they expected. In a bookstore? It’s the shop of the mysterious Loona, who bedazzles them with tidbits about peoples lives—famous African Americans from a long-ago time . . .
Doris Winter’s life centers around Mt. Calvary Church, where her father is the preacher and her mother sings in the choir. When the Minister of Music asks Doris to join the adult choir—even though she is only eleven—she and her family are happy and proud.
Beryl Nelson was ten that 1960s summer, and what could be better than July when the carnival came to her Harlem street? She would have to go with her older sister, Randy, but mostly she and Randy got along. They were planning a surprise dinner party for their parents’ wedding anniversary. Everything was fine in Beryl’s life until . . .