Traveling Like the Light by VV Brown
She stayed in school, studied music, and was accepted at Oxford and the London School of Economics. This young British woman of Jamaican and Puerto Rican descent is no Lindsay Lohan. She has her head on straight and at 28 years-old it looks like the sky is the limit for her and her amazing voice. The LA Times and the Independent have both named her as an artist to watch. She describes herself as pop-alternative, but I think the label is too limiting for someone with her diverse talent. – RebelMom
“I found the artist personal story kind of refreshing. The two hits are “Leave” and “Sharks in the Water” – you might recognize some Lou Reed musical inspiration – and both clips are cool.” – Philippe Bellos, father of two young adults – Currently living on a boat in Caribbean waters
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow
The story is about an 11 year-old biracial girl struggling with her identity and a tragic family event. The novel is hard to digest at times as her traumatic family history is played out in graphic detail, but what makes the story interesting is how this young girl grapples with her dual identity. You live through her turmoil as she recognizes that she is neither black or white.
“…although there’s a plot twist at the end, the novel isn’t driven by suspense. Instead, its energy comes from its vividly realized characters, from how they perceive one another. Durrow has a terrific ear for dialogue, an ability to summon a wealth of hopes and fears in a single line.” – Louisa Thomas, NY Times Book Review
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