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ISBN: 9781988286525

Afraid of the Dark

  Author:   Guyleigh Johnson    
  Publisher:  Pottersfield Press

Through prose and poetry, Guyleigh Johnson tells the story of sixteen-year-old Kahlua Thomas. An absent father and an alcoholic mother leave Kahlua feeling neglected, but her real pain stems from being black. She finds it hard surviving in a poor neighbourhood and even tougher society. Trapped by her own insecurities, she cannot relate to the person in the mirror. She believes that if she doesn’t acknowledge her thick hair, big lips, and dark skin maybe, just maybe, she’ll be able to blend in. Yet the lack of diversity, equality, and heritage in her world makes her more intrigued about the black roots she tries to stray away from. With a hard life at home, on the streets, and in school she finds an escape during her grade ten history class through writing poetry. Hiding in the back of the class, she writes, passionately expressing and releasing emotions about identity, home, community, culture, and forgiveness. All Kahlua wants is freedom, whatever that really means.

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ISBN associated with this title: 9781988286525
Item PC0283
PublisherPottersfield Press
PublisherPottersfield Press
Published on December 10 2018
Language eng
Pages 128
Format Paperback
Dimensions9(in) x 6(in)
Shipping weight196(g)
Status ACTIVE TITLE
Guyleigh Johnson is a young spoken word artist born and raised in North End Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, who has been passionate about writing since the age of four. This is her first book.