J’yona is very athletic. She dances, sings, plays basketball, softball and tackle football. Her experience as a football player on a boys team was very fun and terrifying at the same time and she would do it all again. She went to DC Prep Edgewood Middle Campus when she authored her book. She likes to eat fries and bacon (separately). Her favorite colors are purple, blue, and pink. She wants this book to inform kids around the world that don't experience these events to know what is going on in our world.
BOOKS BY J'YONA
By the Teen Writers of Beacon House
2017 INDIES Winner for Young Author (17 and Under)
2018 Top Fiction Winner - In the Margins Book Awards
Named "10 Books to Read After The Hate U Give" by School Library Journal.
Tajon is sixteen and black. He's tall and skinny, and he has dreadlocks. Tajon works hard and tries his best to be good. He does O.K. in school. He has plans. He's determined.
Tajon is the kind of son who cares about his family. He's the kind of brother who stands up for his sister. He's the kind of kid who dreams big dreams to get himself and those he loves up and out of the hood.
Tajon is the one who gets shot.
Meet the Authors
In March 2015, ten teen girls from Beacon House in Washington, DC started writing a novel during the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. They began with one central question: What really happens in a community when a black youth is the victim of violence by police? How are those lives affected? Each writer takes on the perspective of a central character – the victim, the police officer, the witness, the parent, the friend, the officer's kids – and examines how it feels to be a human being on all sides of this event. Their stories thoughtfully explore issues of race, violence, loyalty, and justice in a community torn apart but seeking connection.
Beacon House is an after-school education and youth development organization serving children and families in the greater Edgewood neighborhood of Northeast Washington, DC. Beacon House’s mission is to provide children in and around Edgewood with a safe, nurturing, life expanding community in which to increase their academic achievement, discover their talents, and grow into healthy adults who achieve their greatest potential. Its programs focus on closing the education achievement gap - and thus improving the economic trajectories - of children in Ward 5 for whom generational poverty is most persistent. Learn more.
These young women wrote a hell of a story. It's powerful and incredibly well written. (Warning: You will probably cry, but you need to read it either way)
So glad I came across this book. Loved reading the various aspects of each of the characters.
My struggling/reluctant readers LOVE this book! Writing is simple, which is great for them, but the first chapter gets RIGHT into the plot.
To be written by teenagers girls, this story tells a lot. Accurately portrays what unfortunately happens when a person of color gets shot in this country, These girls capture the emotion of all parties involved.
To think that a group of 12-14 year-old girls wrote this is mind-blowing! The way they so beautifully illustrated The ripples created in the community—from every angle, including the cop and his family—after Tajon gets shot is astute, important, and haunting.
I read this book this morning. Really amazing that a group of teens—mostly middle schoolers—wrote it. I hope it is widely read and that these ten girls can have a big effect of using their voices. Wishing there was an opportunity for my students like this.
Really well done. Written by a group of teen age girls, it looks at the problem of officer involved shootings from all perspectives including both the victim's family and the officer's family. The fact that a group of young women could adopt the various different perspectives and look at a complicated issue from different viewpoints is really remarkable. Good reading for middle school to high school.
Thank you for the work you do! I’m a Literary Coach in a middle school in the South Bronx. We read The Day Tajon Got Shot as a school-wide read in May. It was excellent! Students could not put the book down! There was a constant buzz throughout the building as students and adults read it.
I would recommend this book as required reading for teachers, students, parents, community leaders, or anyone who wants to foster a conversation about strengthening their communities.
I thought that The day Tajon got shot was inspiring because it was about justice for African-Americans