After seeing her in concert, Amanda Ray (16) loves all things Kendra Star! Like Kendra, Amanda is determined to get a record deal. However, an altercation with a neighbor over her notebook lands her in the Albany Detention Center.
Still feeling a connection to Kendra Star and taking the advice of her counselor, Amanda takes a break from writing rhymes to write Kendra. Weeks pass and not only doesn’t Amanda receive mail from Kendra Star, she doesn’t receive a single letter from anyone; disappointment sets in.
Amanda’s behavior, like her high hopes of getting a letter from Kendra, starts spiraling downwards fast! Amanda spends more time in trouble than writing in her notebook. Eventually, Kendra writes back. In the letters Amanda finds out that she and Kendra are two of a kind. However, more importantly, Kendra Star encourages Amanda to look within herself for strength and energy.
Amanda’s Ray, an inspirational hip hop novel is great for schools, churches, youth groups, youth detention centers and book clubs.
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Amanda's Ray has taken me from the Brownsville Recreation Center in Brooklyn to Lawrence Academy in Miami, Florida -- the book has gotten not only gotten rave reviews, it has touched many lives. Here's what some of the young people who read Amanda's Ray had to say...
"I think the book was excellent. The story is very interesting and young people can relate to the events that take place in the life of Amanda."
"I liked the book a lot because it is based on something that happens very often among us young people. It shows you or teaches the outcome of a bad situation."
"It’s legit and many people can relate to it."
"It had real life situations."
"It was very interesting and they’re books I can enjoy and actually pay attention to."
"I liked the book Amanda’s Ray. It revolves around teenagers and youth of our community."
"It is a very interesting and exciting book."
"It was entertaining. It kept me wanting to read more."
"I liked the book very much because Amanda passed through a very hard time and she was a very brave girl. Her life was very interesting."
"I really enjoyed the book. I think I enjoyed it even more than I usually would because it was not what I expected. I never expected it to be so well written."
"I loved the book because when I read it I felt like I was in the story. I like visualize scenes in my head. It was really cool."