Coleman is a thriller and children's book author living in Atlanta,
Georgia. She is originally from Burlington, North Carolina. Evelyn is
presently working on her next Patricia Conley novel that will follow a stand-alone
Visit Ms. Coleman's Web site at: http://www.evelyncoleman.com
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Mystery of the Dark Tower
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Format: Paperback, 149pp.
When Bessie's family is whisked away to New York City from North Carolina in the middle of the night-without her mother-Bessie must try to make sense of the changes in her life. Her search for answers leads her into the midst of the exciting Harlem Renaissance period of the late 1920s. She encounters artists, musicians, writers-and a woman rumored to have magical powers!
in Sin |
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Format: Hardcover, 240pp.
"Come on Betty...Can't nobody stop us from winning, 'cause we fish," Keisha whispers fiercely to her friend. "I want you to swim. Come on...You and me, the first black girls going to the Olympics. Remember?"
For Betty, winning now means swimming upward from the depths of near-death. In the cold hum of the hospital, only Keisha can remember their dreams from earlier that summer, when she was to attend a premed vacation school at nearby Avery University. She had the grades for it. And her mama was determined to make it happen, no matter what. Keisha dreamed of being a doctor. Betty dreamed desperately of having a friend.
They were both at risk at least that's the label Keisha gets slapped with when, instead of to Avery, she is sent to a high-minded, white-hearted urban rescue program for teens in poverty, or, as she figures it, born in sin. She is outraged to be thrown together with Clarissa, Phyllis, and Kimberly, but turns anger to something just as powerful the will to prove her doubters wrong. For this she has friends beyond the family she knows one ally especially. Plus Malik, Betty's watchful brother, who wants beauty to be there for everyone. Like the sky.
Born in Sin, which Keisha tells with straight-forward, often funny frankness, is part gritty drama, part victory lap, and all heart.
A Woman's Gotta Do
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Format: Hardcover, 319pp.
"Girl Friend Gets Deep!
Atlanta journalist Patricia Conley's take on men has always been in reaction to a childhood of neglect: "There is an old saying that if you love a man, let him go, and if he loves you, he'll come back to you. I say hunt him down and kill him." Just when she'd thought she found someone who accepted her for the intelligent, fiercely independent martial artist that she is, her fiance disappears. But before Patricia can get her hands on him, someone else does - or so it seems. As she sets out to uncover just why Kenneth Lawson did her wrong (and who did him in), she encounters more than what she bargained for and finds herself on a treacherous path that leads to death for anyone who dares take it. In What a Woman's Gotta Do, Patricia, stumbles upon a plot that could devastate humanity. And if that isn't enough, she's hunted by the police for murder, by a crazed geneticist who thinks she knows too much, and by undercover cop Jeff Samuels, who claims to love her. Torn between his affection and the memory of Kenneth, Patricia awakens to realizations about what it means to be alone, and what it means to be independent.
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To Be A Drum
Illustrated beautifully by Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson
White Socks Only (Read Reviews)
WHITE SOCKS ONLY, Albert Whitman --illustrated by Tyrone Geter. This is a story about a little girl who thinks that the Whites Only sign means she needs to have on all white clothing. The black community, including the old Chicken man, who still knows things from African, come to her rescue when a man starts trouble.
The Glass Bottle Tree
THE GLASS BOTTLE TREE, Orchard Books -- illustrated by Gail Gordon Carter. This is a story about a little girl being raised by her grandmother. But because the grandmother doesn't fit the traditional mold, the states folk try to take the little girl away. However, the grandmother calls on the spirits of their ancestors, who live in the glass bottles stuck on the old tree, to rescue them.
The Foot Warmer and the Crow