Deshawn Days

Deshawn Days

By Tony Medina; R. Gregory Christie; R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)

Lee & Low Books, Hardcover, 9781584300229, 1pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2001

Description

I'm DeShawn WilliamsI'm ten years oldcome see who I live with --who I love

From this inviting opening, we are swept into ten-year-old DeShawn's world where we meet his family, his friends, and learn about his hopes and dreams. DeShawn lives in the projects, where "You don't just hear music / you hear sirens too /cop cars and ambulances /screaming all the time /real loud at you." This is also a place where neighbors gather for barbecues, and where DeShawn and his cousin build a snowman in the winter. We experience the death of DeShawn's grandmother, deeply feeling his sadness and loss. And we share the hope as he and his mother turn to each other for comfort. Readers from all backgrounds will be charmed by this upbeat, compassionate, and creative young boy.

In his first children's book, author Tony Medina draws from his experiences growing up in the projects to create this dynamic character. Award-winning artist R. Gregory Christie beautifully captures the emotion, humor, and strength of the story through his powerful illustrations. An afterword from the author expands on his connection to the story and explains how he was inspired to become a writer.



About the Author
Tony Medina, two-time winner of the Paterson Prize, was born in the South Bronx and raised in the Throgs Neck Housing Projects. He served in the United States Army and earned a BA in English at Baruch College, CUNY, on the G.I. Bill. He has taught at Long Island University's Brooklyn campus and Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. The author of several books for adults and young readers, his poetry, fiction, and essays appear in over forty anthologies. Medina, whose most recent books are MY OLD MAN WAS ALWAYS ON THE LAM (NYQ Books, 2011), BROKE ON ICE (Aquarius Press/Willow Books, 2011), and I and I, Bob Marley (Lee & Low Books, 2009), earned an MA and PhD in English from Binghamton University, SUNY, and is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Howard University.

R. Gregory Christie is a Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winner and a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award recipient. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Please visit his website to learn more: www.gas-art.com.

R. Gregory Christie is a Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winner and a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award recipient. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Please visit his website to learn more: www.gas-art.com.