In the Absence of My Father

Grief. Grit. Gangs. Guts. Grace.

by Quebe Merritt Bradford


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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/7/2011

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 188
ISBN : 9781456739683
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 188
ISBN : 9781456740269
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 188
ISBN : 9781456739690

About the Book

The past two years have been life-altering for teenagers Chocolate and Mariner. Their mother died in a terrible accident, leaving the boys' father in shock and their anguished aunt to care for them. Chocolate fails miserably in school, and Mariner brushes off his pain with comedy. From the bittersweet memories of basketball games with his mother to the pressures from gangs, grown bullies, and an unrelenting aunt, Chocolate has to decide his own fate. Mariner watches his brother spiral into trouble, and he must decide if he will speak up or cover up. The boys must make each decision quickly….with or without their parents. "A thought-provoking, socially relevant academic masterpiece." --Zelda Kitt, educational leader and parent "I was so nervous as I neared the end of the book. I loved it. There are a lot of great messages throughout the whole book and especially towards the end. I have to put this in my collection of books for my son to read." ---Kristin Marvin, parent "I actually finished the book in one day. The suspense was so great that I couldn't put it down. It was an awesome book, and kids my age would definitely enjoy it." Kaitlin Ervin, 15


About the Author

Educating today’s youth is one of Quebe Merritt Bradford’s strongest passions. She teaches English to high school students in Montgomery, Alabama. Bradford embarked on the journey of writing for teens after her students complained that they could not find many books written on or above their grade level about urban-centralized topics. Bradford’s goal was to write a book that entertained students, introduced them to vocabulary terms, and helped them think about situations that they could encounter in their own lives. A second goal was for parents to read the book with their teens, discuss the issues, and become a closer family unit after the experience. Bradford nostalgically recalls writing her first short stories at age seven, while sprawled out on her bedroom floor. She also remembers the fluorescent light from the kitchen that spilled under her bedroom door, providing the luminosity necessary to finish a good book late at night. Now, Bradford juggles the honors of serving as a teen fiction writer, educator, and life-long learner. A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Bradford attended Booker T. Washington Magnet High School. She graduated summa cum laude from Alabama State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism. Bradford also holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in reading from Grand Canyon University and is pursuing her doctoral degree in education at Auburn University. She is married to Eric Bradford, and they have a cat and two dogs.