It's Time to Be Brave
It’s Time to Be Brave
Zana the Brave is the first in a series of children’s books capturing the story of a bright little girl taking children on a journey of her courageous methods for overcoming constant teasing, ridicule, bullying and fat shaming. This first book introduces children to the series’ main character and how she came to be known as Zana the Brave. It’s rhyming sequences makes Zana’s powerful accounts detailing her experience with the rising bullying and fat shaming epidemic easy and compelling to read.
Later books in the series will gradually familiarize children to Zana’s closest friends and members of The Brave Team. Facing their own struggles with being accepted for who they are, The Brave Team comes together with Zana to put an end to bullying at Voltron Elementary School.
Much like the main character of her book, L. K. Mason experienced being bullied as a child. In fact, the story borrows from her childhood. She felt it was important to write this book because she grew tired of seeing headlines of school shootings and teen suicides where in many of these cases, the root of the problem led back to bullying. Her love for writing and being gifted at it made writing this book a natural choice. She’d had the opportunity to dabble in this level of writing when she was tapped by singer and actor, Tyrese Gibson, to work alongside him and Chris Morrow on his New York Times best-selling book, Manology, co-authored with Rev Run. Working with such an accomplished writer as Mr. Morrow and being mentored by him sparked something in her that never turned off. There is no turning back now.