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DeShawn Days (2003)

Author: Medina, Tony Illustrator: Christie, R. G.
Publisher: Lee and Low
Number of pages: 32 pages

"I'm DeShawn Williams/ I'm ten years old/ come 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.

ISBN 13: 978-1584302285
Reading Level (grade): 4.2
Reading Level (A-Z): Q