Toning the Sweep


Winner of the 1994 Coretta Scott King Author Award

Terminal cancer.   Fourteen-year-old Emily and her mother, Diane, have gotten the bad news that Ola, Diane's mother and Emily's grandmother has a diagnosis of terminal cancer and she doesn't want to go through treatment. Instead she wants to pack up her worldly goods and to Cleveland away from the California desert where she has spent the last decades of her life.

For the next two weeks Emily will help her grandmother pack and bring closure to her life.  Emily's friend David, a sixteen-year old Native American foster child, visits Emily there and encourages her to find out more about her grandmother's life.

The stories of the lives of these African American women spanning three generations include murder, racial hatred and resilience.  Emily uses a borrowed video camera to document her grandmother's life as she learns about the strength and courage of the women who have made her life possible.

112 pages             978-0590481427          Ages 13 and up

Keywords: African American, African American author, Black Lives Matter, diversity, diverse books, family, cancer, girls and women, multigenerational, grandmother, courage, resilience, 13 year old, 14 year old, 15 year old, Coretta Scott King Author Award

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,

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