Themes & Characters

Themes and Characters

Readers of the picture books and contemporary and historical fiction I’ve written will encounter the themes that preoccupy me:

literacy, racial harmony, identity, poverty, contemporary families, bullying, resilience, African American history, American history, the search for beauty and the strength found in community

My characters are ordinary children who demonstrate resilience in the face of adversity. I believe in cultivating optimism. I believe in the positive power of story.

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