How to Be Down/Double ACT/The Summer She Learned to Dance
Publication Date: September 2007
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How To Be Down by Felicia Pride
When Nina Parker decides to straighten her Afro, lose her valley-girl accent and get a total makeover for her new school in the hood, the cutest guy notices--"yes " But so does the meanest girl, Vivica, queen bee of her crew, who wants Jeffrey for herself.
Double Act by Debbie Rigaud
In the hood, Mia Chambers is 'the smart girl, ' but at her prestigious new prep school she hardly stands out. So Mia does what it takes-- only to be accused of selling out by her old friends
The Summer She Learned To Dance by Karen Valentin
At first, Giselle Johnson hates spending the summer with her cousin from the Dominican Republic. But she soon starts loving the island and even learns to dance to her own rhythm. That is, until her cousin attracts Giselle's high school crush...
YA author Debbie M. Rigaud began her writing career covering news and entertainment for magazines. She's interviewed celebs, politicians, social figures and "real" girls. Her writing has appeared in Seventeen, CosmoGIRL!, Essence, J-14, Trace, Heart &Soul and VIBE VIXEN, to name a few. Her first YA fiction writing is published in the omnibus HALLWAY DIARIES/KimaniTru Press/September 2007. She currently lives in Bermuda.
Karen Valentin, the author of What Did Abuela Say?, is a Puerto Rican-American writer who has authored several books including The Flavor of Our Hispanic Faith and Hallway Dairies. A graduate of Fordham University with a B.A. in English Literature, she is also a contributor to Guideposts Books. Karen lives in New York City with her husband and children.