Novels by Beacon House Teens
The Shout Mouse collaboration with Beacon House gives young people from DC’s Edgewood neighborhood a chance to write fiction inspired by their own experiences. During a series of after-school workshops over several years, these teenage girls wrote their novels Trinitoga and The Day Tajon Got Shot . Their stories explore the issues affecting their communities from multiple angles and aim to make readers understand what it’s like to be young and black in their neighborhood.
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.