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Devin C. Hughes was born in Washington D.C. in 1969 to a black father and white mother. Devin grew up in a mixed--and mixed up--world. His home life was chaotic, riddled with his parents' drug use and unconventional ways of educating; dyslexia made academic learning a seemingly insurmountable challenge; and his identity was beyond confusing--was he black because he felt black or white because he looked white? Devin knew one thing: he needed to escape his environment and get into college, beyond which he believed the world would open up to him. His memoir, Contrast, is his gift back to those who are looking for some inspiration and passion to move forward, not look back. A great life is measured by ones progress not perfection!
"Self Talk" helps kids learn that they can get through difficult situations. Parents or teachers should read this book with their children or students and then discuss the strategies that can be used when confronted by bullies. The goal is that kids will find positive trigger words that they connect with and can use whenever they need reassurance. The characters in this comic book are captivating and kids will find the story to be very engaging.
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