On Wednesday August 12th at the University City Public Library author DuEwa Frazier introduced her young adult novel “Deanne in the Middle”. The novel transports its audience to the drama filled world of High School, a fun yet often frightening time, when teenagers are identifying who they are. Deanne is a freshmen attending a new school. The high school is outside of her neighborhood and therefore allows her the opportunity to meet some new people. She’s forced to make important decisions and doesn’t realize how these decisions will affect the friends from her neighborhood. Frazier tackles; bullying, choosing wisely when it comes to your friends and how to handle being teased. It’s a wonderful novel and I really enjoyed reading along as Deanne figures out her path. According to Frazier there isn’t much of a variety when it comes to the young adult fiction genre. If we want kids to read more we have to give them characters that they can relate to.
DuEwa Frazier is a poet, author, speaker, educator and literacy advocate. She’s also the author of a book of poems titled “Goddess Under the Bridge”. Frazier was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in St. Louis, Mo. As an educator she’s spent many years as a public school teacher and literacy specialist. She’s served students in Charter Schools, library and Adult Basic Education programs as well as nonprofit organizations. Frazier earned her B.A degree in English at Hampton University, M.Ed. degree in Curriculum and Teaching at Fordham University, M.F.A in Creative Writing at The New School and Ed. M. degree in Educational Leadership at Columbia University.
I’m looking forward to future projects from this brilliant and talented artist. For more information on this author please visit her website at http://www.duewaworld.com/