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Crunchy Life: The Series

Crunchy Life is an American series of children's books written by African American author Glen Mourning. The series consists of real life experiences and common hardships that many children and families face in cities across the country. The two main characters are Charles Anthony Thomas, a troublesome fifth-grade student who attends Elite Public Charter in Washington, D.C. and his teacher Mr. Tyron Leroy. Mr. Leroy is a former NFL superstar who decided to stop playing football at the height of his career to dedicate the rest of his life to working as a school teacher.  The series depicts the lives that young boys and girls of color experience in pursuit of education and better opportunities in life. Crunchy learns life lessons from his single mother as well as from his grandma who helps support and raise Crunchy and his two siblings. Finding a way to improve his attitude and to become a better student are among some of Crunchy’s everyday challenges. A typical life at the fictional Elite Public Charter School is nothing short of mesmerizing and amazing as Crunchy and his friends grow and learn from  crunchy situations. 



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Recess Detention: Book One-Order Today!

         

          No one ever said that life was easy for kids growing up in big cities. First, there's the big State Test. Then, there’s the violence that happens in the neighborhoods. To add onto that, there are the bullies that kids have to face on a regular basis. If that isn’t enough stress for a kid, there's the thought that at any moment your teacher might quit and leave you without ever saying goodbye.

         For ten-year-old Charles Anthony Thomas, it was only a matter of time before school became too overwhelming for him. Will he have what it takes to successfully navigate through the fifth-grade? Does he have what it takes to lead his sisters down a positive road? Or will life in the charter school system prove to be much more than Crunchy can handle?


Naughty or Nice for the Holidays: Book Two-Order Today!


           It’s been a tough year so far for the fifth-graders at Elite Public Charter School. Crunchy has been struggling with dealing with missing out on recess and he has yet to find himself on Mr. Leroy’s good side. With the Christmas break approaching, Crunchy may be missing out on a lot more than recess if he doesn’t get his act together.

          Now that Ms. Brown is officially out of the building and Mr. Leroy has taken over for good, there have been some positive changes taking place in room 227. However, Crunchy hasn’t been learning. His friendships have been in shambles and he continues to find himself in frustrating situations where he hasn’t been able to avoid any of the blame. Will things turn around for Crunchy or will he continue to head down the wrong road?

Tough Cookies: Book Three -Order Today         


Roses are red, violets are blue, we fight for justice, how about you? In Mr. Leroy’s fifth-grade classroom, students are asking some real life questions. As a former NFL superstar Mr. Leroy is going to have to use whatever tools that he can to encourage and motivate his students to continue learning.  

         In most classrooms, the month of February is celebrated with flowers and candy. But for this group of fifth-graders, they don’t have time for all of that fun and fluffy stuff if they are going to pass their end of the year state test. Crunchy and his classmates are finding out out the importance of why doing their best as African American kids is a very important role. They are tasked with uncovering why we even have a Black History month in the first place. The kids may be in for a big surprise. The students in room 227 are ready to lead by example and learn. Or are they?

One Piece at a Time: Book Four-Order Today 


          During Black History month Crunchy was able to meet his hero Colin Kaepernick. Among all of the craziness and excitement, Crunchy had also developed a new love for school. But now that the moment has come and gone, there seems to no longer be any reason for Crunchy to feel important.  

          April showers are supposed to bring May flowers. However, with the big state test only one month away, Crunchy is still behind with his grades and continues to struggle with school. Most of the kids in room 227 are ready to finish the Spring off strong with their annual Spring Dance. Except, there’s one major problem. Crunchy is pretty sure that he doesn’t have enough scholar dollar points to attend the festival. Is Crunchy finally turning his act around? Or will he have to continue putting the pieces to his life together one piece at a time?




Every Point Counts: Book 5-Available June 1st, 2018      


         Whoever said being a kid was fun couldn’t have been referring to life as a fifth-grader! For months now, the students in room 227 at Elite Public Charter School in Washington, D.C have been preparing for the big state tests. For some students, performing well on the tests will be the only way to prevent from being forced to attend a brutal month of summer school. And for one student in particular, doing well on his tests goes hand in hand with not staying back and repeating the fifth-grade.

          In a world full of challenges and difficult situations, Charles Anthony Thomas aka Crunchy will need to use every skill he has to make the most out of the month of May. Crunchy will be challenged with finding a way to come out on top as his teacher Mr. Leroy attempts to takes on a new role in Crunchy’s life.

          The weather in Washington, D.C may be warming up which has given the kids a reason to be excited. But if Crunchy is going to be able to enjoy any of the fun, he’ll  have to find a way to use all of his lessons from this school year to make the most out of every shot he takes at being successful.