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WRITING IS THE MOST LIBERATING FORM OF EXPRESSION, AND THE MOST VALUED."

Why I Wrote
"The Key"

  
" I was inspired to write The Key after seeing first hand the devestating state of our youth. I am a person who has always talked candidly to my students, inspiring them in any way I can. I also loved learning from them as well. But 16 years ago, when we were peparing for the next election, a random conversation with my students about politics, even dating far back as the 1800's, left them baffled. When I mentioned Abraham Lincoln for my example, the some of the kids responded with "who?"

    It was no pretense that these teens and preteens had no clue about history, their history, and the basic knowledge of education. I did further investigating and learned that most of our kids were barely learning, couldn't retain anything their teachers were "teaching," and the primary focus was on preparing kids to pass standardized testing.

    I found it odd that kids could retain what I taught, especially when it came to learning lines for plays, yet they couldn't retain their lessons. The answer, for me, was to create something they could relate to and build their interest in learnng.

  "I hope you all enjoy "The Key" and find it to be an easy and inspiring read, and a motivator for kids who find school somewhat challengeing. It's not. Just try, and one day all the pieces will fit.  In the meantime, read. Literacy and leadership are your best weapons of defense in life."

                                                     ~BYH

Why I Wrote
"The Key"

  
" I was inspired to write The Key after seeing first hand the devestating state of our youth. I am a person who has always talked candidly to my students, inspiring them in any way I can. I also loved learning from them as well. It was  years ago when we were peparing for the next election, a random conversation with my students about politics, even dating far back as the 1800's, left them baffled. When I mentioned Abraham Lincoln for my example, some of the kids responded with "who?"

    It was no pretense that these teens and preteens had no clue about history, their history, and the basic knowledge of education. I did further investigating and learned that most of our kids were barely learning, couldn't retain anything their teachers were "teaching," and the primary focus was on preparing kids to pass standardized testing.

    I found it odd that kids could retain what I taught, especially when it came to learning lines for plays, yet they couldn't retain their lessons. The answer, for me, was to create something they could relate to and build their interest in learnIng.

  "I hope you all enjoy "The Key" and find it to be an easy and inspiring read, and a motivational tool for kids who find school somewhat challengeing. It's not. Just try, and one day all the pieces will fit.  In the meantime, read. Literacy and leadership are your best weapons of defense in life."

                                                     ~BYH

 Brandy Yvonne Hambrick is an entrepreneur, author, playwright, and an arts and culture aficionado, who plans to change the world through her writings, one book at a time.  A graduate of Santa Clara University ( Business), and Stratford Career institute (Creative Writing & Literature), Brandy also has certifications in Theater, Artist Development, Speech and Management. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Brandy aspires to bring her literary works to the big screen and reach a broader audience world wide.




 THE KEY

 BOOKS

 By Brandy Yvonne Hambrick

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KNOWLEDGE OF THE PAST
IS THE KEY TO THE FUTURE

     ​ Thirteen year old Dominique Janay Hill hates school, especially her history class. She's not like her brainy big sister, Lana, or a scholar like her mother, Dorothy. Her only true happiness is her dog, Milo, whom she found as a puppy.

    When faced with the nearly impossible task of writing a great history paper, Dominique loses confidence in herself and accepts a failing grade without even trying. Her mother suggests she visits her old college Professor, who she promises will inspire her and guide her to writing the best history report. Not only is he a brilliant historian, he also owns a bookstore filled with ancient relics, fascinating books, and other historic treasures. Desperate for help, Dominique agrees to visit the professor and takes her dog, Milo, along.

        Clearly, a bookstore is no place for a young dog, and Milo breaks a rare artifact.

    Feeling guilty and ashamed, Dominique apologizes and offers to pay for the relic, but the Professor informs her that it is irreplaceable; however, he does offer her the chance to work off the damagas caused by her dog by helping him a few days after school in the bookstore. Dominique happily agrees. What she learns is that the bookstore is not your typical literary haven: It is a portal to the past!

    Through her many adventures to the past, Dominique discovers the truth about Africa, the truths and the lies of history's greatest mysteries, and learns of history's unsung heroes. More importatnly, she discovers the hero within herself.

   The Key  is suitable for all ages but specifically created for ages 10 and up. The book helps kids understand and retain history, as well as, improve their reading skills. It instills confidence, promotes leadership, literacy, and teaches kids how to end bullying and racism. The most important element of the book is to also teach kids the importance of communication, so healthy opinions can be fomed and profiling can be stopped. These are lessons that will help kids grow up to become confident leaders, and healthy minded people.

  
  This is not just a book about Black facts. Every race shines in this book and  every culture should be proud of their historic contributions to the world. Plenty of humor and a touch of fantasy makes this an exciting read that is sure to enlighten, excite, and empower young readers. Hopefully, kids will learn to take education more seriously than they do social media. Hopefully, they will discover their own power and realize they are the key to a better future for all. 


 


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​There is a mild use of two strong words that are used to really send a strong message to kids. The message is to instill the importance of self respect, to abide by respect, and to give respect.  100% of parents surveyed strongly agree that the language was mild, the message was powerful, and the lesson was necessary. Teachers also agree that the wording and the language was highly appropriate and relatable to kids. The test market readers agree the content is suitable for every reader which a strong educational premise and lessons that will resonate with this generation.

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Victim Proof: The Students Guide To End Bullying by Tom Thelen. There is also a teacher's guide available.

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TARA RATNEY
AUTHOR
"I May Not Know What I'm Tlaking About
But I'm Gonna Say It Anyway" is the newest book by this author whose observations and opinions of life, love, relationships and self worth is an enjoyable, inspirational  read.

​Website:
www.tratney.com
REBECCA BENSTON​
BHG PUBLISHING

Rebecca Benstorn,owner of BHG Publishing and Consultiing,
specializes in grants writing,
editing and other literary services.

Email:
lonestoryteller@yahoo.com

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REVIEWS

"I'm a parent who always instilled the value of education in my children. That's why I was so happy to see this book created. It is so good. It has everything kids would love. There are even things in there I didn't know. More importantly, it teaches kids important facts in a way they would be excited to learn them. Parents especially should read this book. Simply put, it's awesome."
Cynthia Carmichael, Parent
   " I pray that kids will read this book and learn how to communicate, how to keep an open mind about people and things, and truly learn how to take their education seriously. These are important lessons kids need to be healthy minded, happy and successful."

            ~Holly Williamson,  Parent

    
" You have to have a cannon, so the next generation can come along and explode it."

~ Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Host of Finding Your Roots
"To Get Ahead, you have to get started."

                    ~Mark Twain
"The Key is simply outstanding.  I highly recommend all kids should read it. I was so inspired after reading it, learning things in history, especially black history, that i never even knew. Kids will be amazed by the power of this book and will be much smarter in the end. I look forward to reading this with my son.""

Jamond Foree, YMCA Program Coordinator and Youth Advocate
   "The decisions you make today will affect you for the rest of your life. so think about those decisions. Remember to always have within you pride, dignity and respect."

             ~Freeman McNeal,

 Exeutive Director of Mount Auburn
   Community Housing Organization.
""I love anything educational that will empower kids to be strong and to live up to their inherent excellence. I'm glad this book inspires kids to read, learn more, and dream."

Shawn Scott, Educator & Author  

   "I'm excited that a book highlights successes of every culture, especially the heroes of Latin culture. Teaching kids to think beyond the norm and learn of other races is teaching tolerance, unity, and adding to them becominng well informed, well evolved and much smarter. This book teaches intelligence and values."

             ~ Missy Riga, Parent and
          Latin Dance  Teacher & Choreographer
   
"Do bigger than you dream!"

​~Deborah Williams, Author,
"Kids For President"
"Be who you are and say how you feel. Because those who mind dont matter, and those who matter don't mnd."
                   
                  ~Dr. Suess

KIDS ARE SAYING...

  "Wow is all i could say after I read the book. It was so exciting. I never heard of the things i read until I read the book. I loved it."​

   Chantel, Age 17
  "It was fun to read and had a lot of funny parts. I leaned a lot. The book is great."

  Braxton, Age 10 ​
  "I read it and reread it. It truly makes you learn and the characters were great, too."

   Clarence, Age 18
   "What I love about the book is how it celebrates differences and teaches racial harmony. A few years back in Sabbath school, the teacher did an exercise about differences. It really inspired my 5 year old daughter, Tiffany. Afterwards, she even asked how come she didn't have brown skin. The point was to show kids that no matter what color our skin is, or our hair, or what clothes we wear, we are all the same inside, and God made us to be exactly who were are. My child is
  "I love this book. It was so fun and full of good history facts. I also learned a lot of new words."

  Neairia, age 11 ​
  "It's important to know where you came from, how the world began, and why life is what it is now. History is real thats why I love it."

  Hazaiah, Age 17 ​
 
  "It's a great book! I know so many things about history, not just black and white history, but how everybody did something good."

           Maraya, Age 8
"Don't ever be afraid to dream and have the courage to reach your destiny."

             ~Branson Wright
                         Journalist,
             The Plain Dealer
It is our choices... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

           -J. K. Rowling

  "I love History, and this book made me love it even more."

  Connor, Age 15 ​
  "I love to read and this book had it all. I love the adventures they had going back to the past. The book was very exciting."

  Kalaya, Age 16 ​
  "I looked forward to reading the next chapter. I don't think history is boring anymore."

           Emily, Age 12
a little too young for the book, but she will read it when she's older. I truly hope parents encourage their kids to read and study the book. It has a lot of empowering lessons and will enhance their education"
                 ~Kelly, Parent
"Without education, your children can never really meet the callenges they will face. So it's very importatn ot give your children education and explain that they should playa  role for their country.'

          ~Nelson Mandela