Lisa Moore Ramee
Eleven-year-old Shay knows all about suffering.
Having a five-head instead of a forehead? Suffering.
Falling flat on your face at your first track meet—in front of everybody? Suffering.
Your best friend deserting you for an all-Asian group? Suffering.
Proving you’re black enough, or get dog-piled if you can’t? Major suffering.
All Shay wants is to make it through the sixth grade without embarrassing herself, and maybe, just maybe, have a cute boy see past her ginormous forehead. Face-planting at a track meet was not the plan. But when the track coach asks Shay to be part of the relay team, Shay must face her fears and join forces with the very girls who’ve been teasing her about not being black enough. If she doesn’t, she’ll risk forever tripping over the next hurdle. Talk about suffering.
HURDLES is a MG Contemporary, complete at 41,000 words.
As an African American author it is important to me that books featuring black main characters join the canon of stories about growing up and coming to terms with who you are, because the difference matters. My publishing credits include: The Little Mermaid Junior Graphic Novel (Disney Comics) and Kwanzaa, ABC and Me On Sesame Street and The Three Little Pigs (Best Personalized Books). I also have had short pieces published in online literary journals. (Tattoo Highway and 2nd Hand) I have a MA in English Literature and am a member of SCBWI.