Deshawn Days by Tony Medina

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Based on the author's own experiences as a child growing up in the projects, a delightful picture book follows DeShawn Williams, who wants to be a rap star and who is terrified that the graffiti in his neighborhood will come alive.

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Tony Medina is a key figure in the current spoken-word poetry scene. He is the author of several collections of poems. He lives in New York City. R. Gregory Christie received his fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and has illustrated several books for LEE & LOW (see titles to the right). A three time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award, Christie lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can see more of his work at
Published April 1, 2001 by Lee & Low Books. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Told in the oh-so-childlike voice of 10-year-old DeShawn, they cover such topics as “What Is Life Like in the ’Hood,” “Watching the News,” “I Hate Graffiti,” and “I Love My Block.” The loosely linked poems present snapshots of DeShawn’s life and the important people in it, showing how he confront...

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