Someone asked me, what motivated me to write children's books? I could only come up with two reasons: first and foremost the children, last and not least my unfortunate circumstances. You see when a judge sentence you to thirty years and you have to do fifteen of them, then you are put into a cell no bigger than the average bathroom, you do two things: first you hunger for your departure, craving your freedom, second you wonder what it is, or what happen for you to be in this situation. I could not help but to reflect back, and trace the steps of my life to this point. What I realized was that it was my environment. Most people say that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. I personally feel I grew up in the wrong place at the wrong time. ln this environment, there were only two things you could do, die trying to get out or live trying to survive the environment. The role model was obsolete for me. I had no father figure to show me how to become a man. The men that were in my life had no morals. Their lives were dedicated to one thing, investing their way of life on children, to give them a means of finance, without being in the forefront. Like anyone with a desire to have more than they already have, I fell victim to that lifestyle. So, I started asking myself whose fault is this? What would I do if I found out whose fault it really was? lnside, l formed a pain, a hate, and I felt as if vengeance was mine. lt was too late to stop what had already had happened in my life. So I wondered, and asked myself, how can I help the innocent children who are having their rights of innocence stripped away from them? The only thing I could think of was what would hold a child's undivided attention? What would be there for a child when he/she had nothing else? Three things came to mind: laughter, love, and an imagination. With those thoughts in mind, I began to write books for children. I felt that not only would the books hold their attention, but it will cause them to laugh, as well as imagine. I was once told that energy never disappears, but transforms from one form to another. So today I dedicate all of my energy to the greatest vision a man could ever have that is in our children. This vision will keep them safe and innocent. That's why I write books for children. ln closing I would like to thank our heavenly father. BY: VERNON T. BATEMAN
Moving, honest, and deeply personal, Red Scarf Girl is the incredible true story of one girl’s courage and determination during one of the most terrifying eras of the twentieth century.
It's 1966, and twelve-year-old Ji-li Jiang has everything a girl could want: brains, popularity, and a bright future in Communist China. But it's also the year that China's leader, Mao Ze-dong, launches the Cultural Revolution—and Ji-li's world begins to fall apart. Over the next few years, people who were once her friends and neighbors turn on her and her family, forcing them to live in constant terror of arrest. And when Ji-li's father is finally imprisoned, she faces the most difficult dilemma of her life.
Written in an accessible and engaging style, this page-turning autobiography will appeal to readers of all ages, and it includes a detailed glossary and a pronunciation guide.
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Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what's going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father.
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