THE AUTHOR—Justin Scott Parr (Photos by Debbie Norrell)
The Little African Women meet the first Saturday of every month at the Homewood Library from 2 to 4 p.m. The participants of the group are young females between the ages of 9 and 11. On Oct. 5, they presented Justin Scott Parr, author of “Sage Carrington, Eighth-Grade Science Sleuth.” Parr has strong Pittsburgh roots; his mom Leslie was raised in Pittsburgh and Carrington is her maiden name. The sleuth’s first name means wise.
INSPIRATION—Author Justin Scott Parr with cousins, Natyaa Holmes and Destiny Carr
Parr says as a kid he liked to read Encyclopedia Brown and loved kid detective stories.
The author currently lives in Harlem, NY, but was born and raised in Greensboro, NC.
Prior to writing the book, Parr saved his money for 18 months and traveled to Central America, Cuba and Columbia, and experienced a new way of seeing the world.
His first international travel was to the Nile Valley of Egypt, where he said the voyage changed his life by awaking a deep historical curiosity.
An adventurer at heart, he imparts his love of “the journey” into each Sage Carrington tale. Parr feels it is important to have modern, contemporary stories about kids being kids.
Also, the characters are healthy children living with healthy adults. The book comes with a journal and gives the reader the opportunity to share their thoughts. The delightful illustrations feature young ladies of color with beautiful natural hairstyles.
Members of the Little African Women conducted a question and answer period, and a book signing while serving light refreshments.
Included in the program: Khaliya Jackson, Akiliann Bray, Aliyat Bisiriyu, Stacia Hawthorne, Indeerajh Ricketts, Jasmine Peterson, Daja Peterson and Fatimah Bisiriyu. Rena Amos-Brock serves as the group sponsor.
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