You get seven short stories! Included in this collection are:EBONY MEANS BLACK: a lone Black girl in a class of White childrenIt was Ebony. Ebony in the cornflower blue dress. Ebony with the braided hair and neon barrettes. She was the only blackMoreYou get seven short stories!
Included in this collection are:EBONY MEANS BLACK: a lone Black girl in a class of White childrenIt was Ebony. Ebony in the cornflower blue dress. Ebony with the braided hair and neon barrettes. She was the only black person in their class and was always alone during recess and during lunch. During class activities the teacher had to talk someone into partnering up with her, sometimes pulling them aside and bribing them with an extra glimmering star sticker for the Good Behavior board.
Sometimes Ebony looked like she wanted to cry but she never did. Maybe if she ever did cry, her tears would be angry tears, not tears of sadness.THE CHEAT: the new girl is caught cheating, only she wasnt cheating!After the test, Ms. Pea whispered in Ellen’s ear that she saw what had happened and was proud of her for not cheating. Ellen smiled sweetly, glad to know Ms. Pea saw the dilemma she was in and had overcome.The next test came and things turned out very differently. DETENTION: the same girl from The Cheat unfairly gets detention“It’s Bethany and Karla!” someone shouted from inside the buzzing mass of children, hands clapping and fists pumping up in the air in pure excitement.
Shadenfreude. “Hit her! Hit her again! Harder!” Ellen heard ecstatic shouts from those close to the center of it all. The nucleus of bloodshed.MEETING FLOYD: The smile that ended it all...B-A-D: a nerd gets the ultimate revenge on the popular kids at the end of senior yearJaws was what the Pops called Clay due to the size of his jaws.
It sounded vicious and even cool, like the shark. But they meant it as an insult, so it became an insult.VERA HOPED HARD: a heartbreaking story about how a misunderstanding from high school leads to an eternal, one-sided grudge that ends tragicallyVera would take her sweet time, only to leave him a flippant uncaring response. The way he acted towards her in high school all those times. Turning his back to her to talk to everyone else and ignore her until she wandered away.
Walking faster and faster with his freakishly long legs so her short stumpy legs could not keep up, leaving her breathless in a trail of dust.ROAD TO NOWHERE: this is an extra story added to this collection Jones wrote for a creative writing class in college (circa 2005-2006)********************************************************************FORMER PUBLIC SCHOOL INMATE is the second short story collection by T. K. Jones. The first short story collection is titled Anomie. Other titles by T. K. Jones include Project Spiralbound, Fire Boy, and The Lacertilian Ling-longs.Find out more about the author and other projects at www.tkjones.net