Alvin L. A. Horn’s young adult novel speaks to the heart of coming-of-age urban youth experiences. It is filled with adventure, wit, moral contemplation as it transports a young teen to a world of wonder.
Marley time travels and finds himself at the crossroads of humanity’s most challenging moral and ethical crossroads. The story is set in urban Seattle and captures the dawning of young Black teens who have multiple options in life and must successfully negotiate cross-cultural relationships.
Marley is a star hooper, a good student. Like many middle schoolers, that combination of character makes him popular and highly regarded, but one day it puts Marley in the company of friends who make a poor choice. That choice impacts him and leads him to a summer of maturity.
This book identifies themes of peer pressure, friendship exploration, identity examination, talent identification and the power of imagination, and how to be a leader. The book explores the history of moral and ethical decision-making. As a life-long educator, I encourage every student and adult to read this book.
The novel Journey to Love is a people’s history told through the eyes of a Black woman who has a year to live. She has chosen to live in the care of a high-end health care residence designed for wealthier residents who may not have a family connection to help care for their current status in life.
The Proprietor who created the facility is a Jamaican-born Black American named Blunile Rivers, Aka Blu. He is a forty-year-old man, with two years of med school, but turned into a businessman and converted a retired hospital into a charming facility. He makes each resident live as close to the life they had. Each room is designed to house the clothing and furniture, and ambiance of each person's past life. Blu never falls short on his delivery.
Serene May is an almost 90-year-old whose beauty is par with a fifty-year-old Lena Horne. She was the author of highly acclaimed fictional books where she described history through fictional tales as if they came from people's lives. She traveled the world and taught at universities. Now with a brain tumor limiting her speech and soon her memory, the African and Black anthropology professor kept a diary of her personal life, stories in which history is taught. Serene May feels safe talking to Blu and sharing her past through her journal. Often at the bedside of Serene May, Blu reads history within the love stories of her life and feels the kind of love he wants in his life.
Hidden in the stories come surprises of her past, tying history to the present. Journey to love is an entertaining way for readers to see and feel the emotions of those who lived through nearly 10 decades of life.
Written by Alvin L.A Horn & Lorraine Elzia