15 April 2011

NEW! Priceless Inspirations by Toya Carter



Priceless Inspirations [Paperback]

Antonia Carter (Author), Lil Wayne (foreword)

Book Announcement
Lil Wayne recently posted to his Facebook that Antonia "Toya" Carter, his ex-wife and the mother of his child, has a new book about her experiences as a teenage mom (which features a foreword by Weezy himself), which comes out today, April 15, 2011. Farrah Gray Publishing doesn't seem to have gotten too much press in the standard review sources, so I wanted to pass along this potential "4P" title.

I can't say anything about its quality (I personally have no personal or professional connection to this publication beyond following Lil Wayne on Facebook and Twitter), but it's hard to argue against picking up this title for any teen or juvenile facility library collection.

Product Description
On her hit television show 'Tiny and Toya', Antonia 'Toya' Carter seems to be living the good life: she has a beautiful home, good friends, and is pursuing her dreams in fashion design. But hers has been a life of peaks and valleys. Abandoned by her parents as a child, she was passed from family member to family member as her mother sank deeper into her drug addiction. Feeling unloved and unwelcomed, Toya fell into the arms of a 15-year-old rising musical star—Dwayne Michael Carter, known these days as the rapper 'Lil Wayne'-- and ended up pregnant at the tender age of 14.

In Priceless Inspirations, Toya takes the reader through the pain of being a teenage mother struggling to raise a child while still a child herself—without the benefit of the guidance of her own mother. Using the words she recorded in the journals she kept as a teen—and the wisdom she has gained in the years since—Toya bares her own struggles, using them to offer young women real and heartfelt understanding and advice about sex, relationships, motherhood and growing up.

  *   Reading level: Ages 9-12
  *   Paperback: 240 pages
  *   Publisher: Farrah Gray Publishing, Inc. (April 15, 2011)
  *   Language: English
  *   ISBN-10: 0982702760
  *   ISBN-13: 978-0982702765

Joseph Wilk is a Teen Specialist with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA.

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