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Rest in Peace RaShawn Summary

"Rest in Peace RaShawn" is more than the story of an accidental shooting. It's the vivid story of a young man's life snuffed out too soon by police bullets – a narrative that, sadly, has become all too familiar in America.

The author, Ronnie Sidney, II, MSW, captures the emotional upheaval suffered by families and communities nationwide following the sudden, violent demise of black men. He presents the violence and suffering in a sensitive, easy-to-understand and age-appropriate format for kids. This book is a good way to broach the painful but necessary conversations families across the nation are having with their children, and provides thoughtful discussion points on how to heal the legacy of distrust between African- American communities and the police who are supposed to protect them.

"‘Rest in Peace RaShawn’ completes a trinity of quality young adult literature by Sidney, including the first books in his series, ‘Nelson Beats the Odds’ and ‘Tameka's New Dress.’ All three inspire confidence in children, especially children of color, and encourage a fondness for reading and a heightened level of social awareness; Sidney's stories equip kids with a broader understanding of America's current culture and climate.”

-Samantha Willis, Author of “The Little Adventures of Bella & DJ: Travels in Virginia”

Arts & Entertainment Editor, Richmond Magazine

Discounted book rates

Order 15 or more copies of Nelson Beats The Odds, Rest in Peace RaShawn, Tameka's New Dress or Nelson Beat's the Odds Activity Guide the cost per copy is reduced to $8.34 per copy. Order 15 or more copies of Nelson Beats the Odds: Compendium One and the Educator's Guide to the Nelson Beat's the Odds Series the cost per copy is reduced to $11 per copy. Please send inquiries to Ronnie@creative-medicine.com. Shipping rates and taxes will be applied based on your location and tax statusThank you for your support.

Tameka's New Dress Summary

When you’re the new girl in school it can be a little scary. It’s even tougher when your parents aren’t there to help. Some of the kids might be friendly but what about that mean girl who’s always picking on you? The author brings up the subjects of childhood trauma, parental substance abuse, kinship care and bullying with a gentle touch suitable for even the youngest children. Tameka’s New Dress shines a light on these tough things and lays them out on the table to talk about. He also presents us with a strong girl in Tameka, who not only finds adults who can and do support her, but also finds a way to confront her bullies without becoming a bully herself. Real tips for real life situations are presented here – just what real little children need - a great addition to the library shelves.

Nelson Beats the Odds Activity Guide Summary:


The Nelson Beats the Odds Activity Guide gives youth a colorful way to express their creativity. It includes easy and engaging activities to help students improve literacy and critical thinking skills. Students build critical thinking skills by completing puzzles, quizzes and discussion questions about the graphic novel. Youth can add their own personal touch to illustrations from Rest in Peace RaShawn, Nelson Beats the Odds, and Tameka’s New Dress. Rest in Peace RaShawn completes a series of quality young adult literature by Ronnie Sidney, II, LCSW and Traci Van Wagoner. The Nelson Beats the Odds Series inspires confidence in children and encourage a fondness for reading and a heightened level of social awareness. If you’re looking for an awesome digital experience, download our free “Nelson Beats The Odds Comic Creator” app for your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod). Our app gives young people an opportunity to place themselves in our books and read them free of charge. Please visit http://www.nelsonbeatstheodds.com for more information.ichmond Magazine

Nelson Beats The Odds

Inspiring Graphic Novel Series Explores Friendship and Resilience


Nelson Beats The Odds: Compendium One Summary

The Nelson Beats the Odds: Compendium One gives readers a chance to experience Nelson Beats the Odds and Tameka’s New Dress in one thrilling graphic novel. The compendium presents real tips for real life situations and is a great addition to library shelves. Nelson Beats the Odds features Nelson, a young man who used to think school was all about playing and talking with his friends. When Nelson learns that he’s been diagnosed as having a learning disability and ADHD, he is placed in special education and separated from his friends. Out of fear of being ridiculed and teased by classmates, Nelson attempts to keep his disability and struggles with learning a secret. With the encouragement of his parents and assistance from Mrs. T., his special education teacher, Nelson succeeds academically and reaches his full potential. Tameka’s New Dress presents sensitive issues, including childhood trauma, parental substance abuse, kinship care, and bullying in a way that’s gentle and suitable for children of all ages. In Tameka’s New Dress, a gifted middle school student faces the challenges and fears of being the new kid at school while dealing with the harsh reality of living in an abusive home. Throughout the short story, Tameka receives the encouragement she needs from her caregiver and other adults in the community to fight off the school’s bully without using violence.

Educator’s Guide to the Nelson Beats the Odds Series  Summary

Book Summary: In the United States, one in five students has a learning or attention issue, such as dyslexia and ADHD, and nearly 50 percent have been exposed to some sort of trauma. Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and award-winning author Ronnie Sidney, II provides recommendations to help vulnerable students thrive in the classroom. With over 70 pages of content, this guide equips educators with practical strategies to promote positive student outcomes and increased emotional well-being. The Educator’s Guide to the Nelson Beats the Odds Series is designed by Imagine That! Design.

This comprehensive educator’s guide also includes:

• Large workbook-style pages affording plenty of space to integrate the Nelson Beats the Odds Series into your school’s curriculum and culture

• Effective and practical strategies for educators working with diverse students who have learning disabilities, unresolved trauma, bullying tendencies, gang affiliation, and reading difficulties

• A special section dedicated to educator burnout and self-care

• Easy and engaging activities to help students improve literacy and critical thinking skills

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Nelson Beats The Odds Summary

Nelson used to think school was all about playing around and talking with his friends. When Nelson learns that he has been placed in Special Education, he fears being teased. Consequently, he keeps his learning disability and ADHD diagnosis a secret. With the encouragement of his parents and assistance from Mrs. T., his Special Education teacher, Nelson pushes the boundaries and discovers his potential. ”Nelson Beats The Odds” is an inspiring story that celebrates friendship, resilience and empowerment. The striking illustrations give life to ”Nelson Beats The Odds”, while the author’s story is perfect for students diagnosed with learning disabilities or mental health disorders.