Teffanie Thompson Launches New Novel, Aims to Fill Diversity Void among Middle Grade Readers

Feb 23, 2016, 08:35 ET from Teffanie Thompson

MIDLAND, Texas, Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Dirt, a middle grade novel, authored by Teffanie Thompson with Brown Girls Publishing releases today.

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With diversity hashtags recently trending on social media platforms, Dirt fills many diversity voids in middle grade literature as an African - American contemporary time travel novella with its pre- teen male protagonist, Washington.

Washington would rather be playing basketball in the tournament instead of traveling to East Texas for a family reunion. He hates to read, but takes off on his own with a book to satisfy his parents.

Washington travels back to the past where he encounters his ancestor Square and witnesses the brutal punishment of a slave who is found reading.

When Washington steps out of the protecting circle of dirt, Washington fears he may never be able to return to the present or see his family again.

"Once while listening to public radio, I heard first person accounts of the slave narratives, Remembering Slavery. I realized that every single ancestral win was also a win for me. This is a thought that resonated with me, and I wanted to share that with young Americans. Reading, in its own way, is a beautiful legacy," Thompson said.

The author, Teffanie Thompson grew up in Killeen, Texas where she spent many years playing with words on Gaynor Drive in Sugar Loaf. Today she lives in Midland, Texas, without her angelic oldest daughter and creative genius son. Teffanie does reside with her farmer husband, Ginger puppy and brilliant youngest daughter, working in education. A Master's graduate of Seton Hill University's esteemed Writing Popular Fiction program Teffanie has written several pictureless stories for children, teens, and ballerinas. When not writing, she enjoys working, hula hooping, road tripping, attending concerts and, yes, watching marathon reality television.

She can be contacted at: teffanie at gmail dot com, or at teffanie on Twitter.

Dirt is currently being featured under the Black Lives Banner on iBooks.

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