Teen Novels

Through weekly after-school writing workshops, Beacon House teens work with Shout Mouse story coaches and Shootback photo coaches to create collaborative novels from multiple perspectives. Our projects help these teen writers to capture, create, and reshape their own stories, imagining for themselves and for their characters the futures they deserve.


The Day Tajon Got Shot

The Day Tajon Got Shot has won two national awards in 2018 --the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year (Young Author) and “In the Margins” Book of the Year (for books appealing to at-risk teens)-- and was featured in School Library Journal as one of “10 Books to Read After The Hate U Give,” the most-lauded young adult novel of 2017. As well as being placed locally in every DC public middle and high school, this national attention has prompted over 1,300 educators, librarians, and booksellers across the country to order copies. Teen authors have been profiled on TV, radio, and in print, and are in demand as speakers, representing the youth voice in discussions about gun violence and #BlackLivesMatter. 

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Writing this story was a way of telling people what is going on in my life without people knowing it is really me.
— Beacon House Author
This book is for all the kids who have had bad experiences, like when they don’t realize how much they need someone until they’re gone.
— Dedication for Trinitoga