Toni Green-Davenport/Upward Vizion
I write board books, picture books, and chapter books, as well as middle grade and young adult novels. I write whichever ideas stay long enough to become pests. I'm a prisoner of my own creative mind! Feel free to browse around, and do come back again soon. This website is a work in progress...just like me.
Pre-order Now: STRANDED (Middle Grade, Grades 3-7)
One storm. One winter. One girl's fight for survival.
A contemporary My Side of the Mountain, Stranded is the story of a wilderness-hungry Black girl from Manhattan whose journey in the Adirondack mountains becomes a nail-biting story of courage, independence, and survival.
Book Deal Announcement (11/29/22): Maya Marlette and Sam Palazzi at Scholastic have bought Nikki Shannon Smith's Stranded, pitched as a contemporary My Side of the Mountain, a middle grade survival story in which an 11-year-old girl must learn the skills needed to stay alive after a winter storm leaves her stranded alone in the Adirondack mountains. Publication is slated for fall 2024; Jennifer March Soloway at Andrea Brown Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.
In April 2023, Lena and the Burning of Greenwood: A Tulsa Race Massacre Survival Story was awarded the Oklahoma Book Award in the category of Children's and Young Adult Books.
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