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Children’s Author and Her Young Son Die in New Jersey House Fire

A children’s author died while reportedly trying to save her 8-year-old son from an overnight house fire in New Jersey Sunday which tragically took both their lives.

Tanji Dewberry, 37, a vice president at a New York investment firm whose first book was inspired by her son, Evan Soler, perished in the flames at her Orange home around 11:30 p.m.

Investigators told the station that it appeared Dewberry died while trying to rescue her young son in his bedroom where the fire, not declared suspicious, may have started.

In addition to Dewberry publishing her first book called “Oh Fiddlesticks!" last year, the 37-year-old served as vice president at the WL Ross Investment film.

The single, working mom had said she was inspired to write after her son was diagnosed with ADHD in 2011.

Her book aimed at teaching children how to manage negative emotions and overcome anger.

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Today, April 15th, is Jackie Robinson Day

Books:

Jackie Robinson: American Hero

As the first black man to play major league baseball, his progress monumentally influenced the desegregation of baseball. Because of this, Robinson became an icon for not only the sport of baseball, but also for the civil -rights movement. Featuring photos throughout, this biography will be a sports tale and a history lesson.

Jackie’s Nine: Jackie Robinson’s Values to Live By

To millions of people, Jackie Robinson is a sports and civil rights hero. To Sharon Robinson, he’s all that and Dad. From the unique perspective that only a daughter could have, she guides readers through the nine heart-felt, hard-won values that helped Jackie achieve his goals. Included are compelling autobiographical passages by both Robinsons, as well as powerful profiles of people like Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan who carry on Robinson’s legacy.

Testing the Ice: A True Story about Jackie Robinson

Sharon Robinson, the daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, has crafted a heartwarming, true story about growing up with her father.

When Jackie Robinson retires from baseball and moves his family to Connecticut, the beautiful lake on their property is the center of everyone’s fun. The neighborhood children join the Robinson kids for swimming and boating. But oddly, Jackie never goes near the water.

In a dramatic episode that first winter, the children beg to go ice skating on the lake. Jackie says they can go—but only after he tests the ice to make sure it’s safe. The children prod and push to get Jackie outside, until hesitantly, he finally goes. Like a blind man with a stick…

Sharon Robinson…

Sharon Robinson is the educational consultant for Major League Baseball. She manages Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life a baseball-themed national character education curriculum that helps empower students to face obstacles in their lives. The program includes a national essay contest for students in grades 4-9 and throughout MLB’s RBI program…Ms. Robinson is also the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction. She has written several widely praised books about her father, baseball legend Jackie Robinson…

Read more about Sharon Robinson: http://www.sharonrobinsonink.com/index.htm

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Jackie Ormes (August 1, 1911 – December 26, 1985) is known as the first African American female cartoonist. Her strips, featuring the lovable characters Torchy Brown, Candy, Patty-Jo, and Ginger, appeared in the Chicago Defender and Pittsburgh Courier in the 1930s - 1950s. 

Jackie Ormes said, “No more…Sambos…Just KIDS!” and she transformed her attractive, spunky Patty-Jo cartoon character into the first upscale American black doll. At long last, here was an African American doll with all the play features children desired: playable hair, and the finest and most extensive wardrobe on the market, with all manner of dresses, formals, shoes, hats, nightgowns, robes, skating and cowgirl costumes, and spring and winter coat sets, to name a few. (Jackie Ormes Online)

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Pemba’s Song: A Ghost Story

Marilyn Nelson & Tonya C. Hegamin 
 Pemba knows she’s not crazy. But who is that looking out at her through her mirror’s eye? And why does the apparition call her “friend?” Her real friends are back home in Brooklyn, not in the old colonial house in Colchester, Connecticut, where none of this would have happened if Daddy were still alive. But now all Pemba has is Mom and that strange old man, Abraham. Maybe he’s the crazy one. Thank goodness for Pemba’s playlist and the journal she keeps. There are so many answers deep inside that music. And so much is revealed in Pemba’s poetry — the hops she writes and those coming through her iPod. Phyllys, an eighteenth-century slave girl, has answers, too. They billow out from her ghostly visits to Pemba, visits that transform both girls in ways neither expected. In this supernatural tale, the voices of these two characters entwine to put a new spin on a paranormal story of friendship.

Pemba’s Song: A Ghost Story

Marilyn Nelson & Tonya C. Hegamin


Pemba knows she’s not crazy. But who is that looking out at her through her mirror’s eye? And why does the apparition call her “friend?” Her real friends are back home in Brooklyn, not in the old colonial house in Colchester, Connecticut, where none of this would have happened if Daddy were still alive. But now all Pemba has is Mom and that strange old man, Abraham. Maybe he’s the crazy one.

Thank goodness for Pemba’s playlist and the journal she keeps. There are so many answers deep inside that music. And so much is revealed in Pemba’s poetry — the hops she writes and those coming through her iPod. Phyllys, an eighteenth-century slave girl, has answers, too. They billow out from her ghostly visits to Pemba, visits that transform both girls in ways neither expected.

In this supernatural tale, the voices of these two characters entwine to put a new spin on a paranormal story of friendship.

(Source: goodreads.com)

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Lottie Paris Lives Here

Lottie Paris may be precocious, but she still knows how to act like a kid. She dresses up, she plays on the slide, she eats cookies instead of vegetables. She has a great imagination and sees the possibilities in the simplest pleasures. Plus, she’s sassy, so there’s no chance of getting bored.

Join Lottie Paris in her world and you’ll never look at yours the same again!

Lottie Paris and the Best Place

The charming and spirited Lottie Paris is back—and she loves the library!

Lottie Paris has a favorite place. The library! She loves to go there and read about space. She knows there are rules at the library, but sometimes they are not so easy to follow.

The library is Carl’s favorite place, too. And he loves to read about dinosaurs. When Lottie and Carl meet, they become fast friends. Now Lottie reads about dinosaurs, and Carl loves space!

After joyously introducing Lottie Paris in Lottie Paris Lives Here, Angela Johnson and Scott Fischer have created a brand-new world for Lottie to dream in—alongside a brand-new friend.

Angela Johnson…

is an award winning American children’s book and poetry author with over 40 books to her credit. She began her writing career in 1989 with the publication of a picture book called “Tell Me a Story, Mama” which won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award in 1991. She has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, one each for her novels The First Part Last (2004),” “Heaven (1999),” and “Toning the Sweep” (1994).”The First Part Last” was also the recipient of the Michael L Printz Award. “When I Am Old with You” was an Honor Book in 1990 and named an American Library Association Notable Book. “The Other Side, The Shorter Poems” was also selected as a Coretta Scott King Honor book in 1998. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. Born in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1961, she grew up in Alabama and Ohio. She lives in Kent, Ohio.

Visit author Angela Johnson’s website for more children and YA books: http://www.ajohnsonauthor.com/

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Google doodle honors the 115th birthday of Percy Lavon Julian

Book:  Percy Lavon Julian: Pioneering Chemist (Signature Lives: Modern America)

Author:  Darlene R. Stille

Growing up in the South at a time when discrimination against African Americans was at its peak, Percy Lavon Julian was fascinated by his father’s writings about various plants. After going to college to study various sciences, he was denied several jobs because of his race. Through his persistence, he received his chance to do research in his field. After he created a medical breakthrough, he was hired to head a research laboratory, where he continued to create new advancements in medicine and chemistry. Julian’s accomplishments made him one of the greatest chemists of the 20th century.

Book Source: http://www.amazon.com/Percy-Lavon-Julian-Pioneering-Signature/dp/0756540895/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1397235093&sr=8-2&keywords=percy+julian

Learn more about Percy Julian: http://www.myhero.com/go/hero.asp?hero=PercyJulian_07

 

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Cambion Chronicles:

Living Violet

Samara is intrigued by her flirtatious co-worker, Caleb, but his secrets draw Samara into a world that places her loved ones in danger.

Burning Emerald

Struggling to maintain control over her inner demon with the help of her Cambion boyfriend, Samara is astonished when the most popular boy in school begins pursuing her.

Fading Amber

Finding your soul mate is the ultimate dream come true. But for Samara Marshall, it’s a matter of life and death… After falling for a Cambion and then turning into one herself, Samara never thought her senior year could get more complicated.

Jamie Reed…

is a YA writer and a former art student at Virginia Commonwealth University. After…three years of soul-searching in NYC, returned to her hometown in VA and rediscovered her childhood love: writing. And…never looked back.

(Source: jaimereedbooks.com)