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Taneesha Never Disparaging [Kindle Edition]

M. LaVora Perry , Floyd Cooper

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Fifth grade isn't exactly easy for eleven-year-old Taneesha Bey-Ross. For one thing, she's getting tired of being her best friend Carli Flanagan's personal bodyguard. Carli wears a leg brace and she's white, and when Taneesha does stand up for Carli in the face of a local bully--a giant of a girl with big fists and army boots--she's told to expect revenge. Taneesha's also running a loser's race for class president, and her love-hate interest Rayshaun has learned that Taneesha is a Buddhist, so now he's taunting her, saying that she's going to hell. Her mom may have told her that Taneesha's got heaven in her heart, but it doesn't feel that way. And just in case she forgets it, there's always Evella, Taneesha's evil imaginary twin, to remind her that she's a total failure.

This beautifully written, fun, and instantly engaging novel presents vivid characters and a timely story about the big issues that every child faces.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 269 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (28 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861715500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861715503
  • ASIN: B004X85FFK
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A vote for Taneesha! 19 Aug. 2008
By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers - Published on
Instantly, she's hilarious! She's imaginative! She's stubborn! She's Taneesha Bey-Ross with a determination to do fifth-grade life her way. Never mind the local, enormous, army boot-sized bully and never mind Taneesha plans to thwart an election nomination by her physically challenged, best friend, Carli. M. Lavora Perry has "Buddha-fully" written TANEESHA: Never Disparaging. Perry lively brings religion and politics together in one classroom. Can religion conquer any of Taneesha's little trials? Can it transform her youthful rebellious tactics into juvenile triumph? Witness how Perry makes sure Taneesha will keep every young reader engaged and laughing hysterically to learn the answers!

But hold on to your little political spectator seats with this exciting and thrilling page-turner, kiddies. There are very strong real-life values intertwined in this story as well. From interrupting a juvenile beat-down, to revisiting history of the devastating Atomic Bomb, Taneesha will remind you to be compassionate and caring. She will remind you to stay on top of your game of respect, love, and obedience as a child. Throughout, Perry cleverly prepares young readers for superior language arts skills using powerful descriptive words, text fonts, and good ole' grammar! TANEESHA: Never Disparaging gets my vote! Go Taneesha!

Reviewed by Swaggie Coleman
for The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was miraculous 19 Oct. 2012
A Kid's Review - Published on
my name is kya and i'm nine years old my mother bought me this book and at first i did not want to read it,then i was in a handstand and i spotted it so i ,thought why not read it,anyways i thought the book was fantastic.all recess all lunch my nose was buried in the book i don't know what to talk about first so i will just say my favorite part i loved at the end where She made friends with that girl who just had a rough time and she helped kids with diabetes SO PLEASE PLEASE WRITE ANOTHER ONE I WILL BE WAITING!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Kristi's Book Nook 20 Aug. 2010
By Kristi Bernard - Published on
Taneesha Never Disparaging is a wonderful journey through the life of a teenager. Finding her way in regards to school, friendships, bullies and religion would be tough for anyone. Taneesha faces her fears and the reader will cheer her on all the way.
Taneesha Bay Ross is back to school after a long summer break. She is back to dealing with class bullies, homework assignments and worst of all school elections. And on top of all that everyone in the schools knows she is a Buddhist.
Her friend Carli has nominated her for class president. Taneesha, desperate in her attempt to stop Carli, chants but it doesn't seem to work. As a result, Taneesha is trying to figure out a way to withdrawal her name from the nomination. She wants to tell her friend Carli to take her out of the running, but she is finding that is easier said than done. Along the way Taneesha shares with Carli her Buddhist religion and teaches her chanting.
Taneesha walks us through her role as a Buddhist by showing the meaning of "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo" which translates to "I devote my life to the wonderful Law of the Lotus Flower Teaching of the Buddha." Taneesha turns to buddhism and chanting when she is feeling stressed. She and Carli are feeling the pressure of the school bully and everything seems to be escalating. As Taneesha faces her fears she finds that things are not always as bad as they seem.
5.0 out of 5 stars Standing Ovation 16 Nov. 2008
By OOSA Online Book Club - Published on
Taneesha Bey-Ross' life at the present moment is going miserably wrong. She feels neglected by her parents. No matter what, it seems as if they aren't able to understand what's going on in her life. To make things worse, her best friend, Carli, is a bully's dream. Finally fed up, Taneesha stands up and is now the bullied. Evella, the voice who lives inside of her head, is always, always putting her down. Friend Rayshaun learns of her religion and constantly has something negative to say. And thanks to Carli, again, she's involved in a no win election. Carli's quick solution is to let their parents know. However, Taneesha doesn't want her mom to interfere and believes she can handle things on her own.

"Taneesha: Never Disparaging" is about Taneesha's life, the ups and downs and happy and sad times. Overall I really enjoyed getting to know Taneesha Bey-Ross. While the read was very funny it was also sad. Taneesha is a girl that most girls can relate to.
5.0 out of 5 stars Skillful and Engaging 3 Mar. 2009
By Wendy Rountree - Published on
M. LaVora Perry's book is a delightful read that teaches children to accept self, to embrace difference, and to develop compassion for others. Taneesha, the young protagonist, possesses a strong voice that resonates with readers and struggles with issues such as self-confidence and bullying that many young readers experience as well. Perry has written a skillful, well-paced children's book that should be on all home, school, and library bookshelves.

Reviewed by Wendy Rountree, North Carolina Central University,
and author of Lost Soul and Just Us Girls: The Contemporary
African American Young Adult Novel
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