Toni Eubanks

Book one in the Passage to Womanhood series.

Tamara Woodson, a young African American girl who lives in
the Black West in the 1880ís, is at a turning point in her life.
Her journey of self-discovery reveals important connections to
her ancestral past and uncertain future. Exposure to the Apache
Indian culture helps Tamara validate the values ad traditions of
others as well as her own. As she matures, Tamara learns to let go
of her own fears and to rely on her inner strength. The simplicity
and honesty of this story is guaranteed to appeal to young readers
coming of age in the 21st century.

This novel represents a method of using historical fiction with a coming of age theme to help young people understand and enjoy American history. In the process, like the characters about whom they read, young people can work out their own personal developmental issues.

The accompanying Journey Home Activity Guide presents resources for group and individual activities, and information on historical facts, biographies and events introduced in the novel.

Ms. Eubanks conducts a variety of workshops, lectures and presentations for educators, youth service workers and parents, on how historical fiction can be used to help young readers connect with their American heritage and examine the social, political and personal issues that affect their lives.

Her workshops for young people are activity-oriented and include the following topics:

Journey Home: Reading Historical Fiction On the
Journey Towards Onself

Coming of Age Activities for Girls

Journal Writing: Personal and Dialectic

Zora Neale Hurston: Her Life and Times

African American Literature and History

Passage to Womanhood:
Historical Fiction and Coming of Age Themes in Juvenile Literature

Author Toni Eubanks

Stories provide a way for us to understand and share our experiences. This is especially true of young people. The stories young people read and hear help them shape their relationships and understand their world.

I have created a series of historical fiction called Passage to Womanhood. The goal of the series is to introduce readers to the coming of age experiences of girls growing up in different eras of American history. In the process, I expose them to the history they don't experience in text books.

Of course the most important goal of the series is to provide young readers with a means of handling their own coming of age issues.

Passage to Womanhood: Journey Home is the first novel in the series. You can read more about it by visiting the My Works section of my website. Read more about me in the Biography section.

Thanks for visiting my website. Happy Reading!

Using Historical Fiction in a Core Curriculum

Workshops with Adult Audiences

In my workshops with adult audiences, I demonstrate techniques of using historical fiction to help young people understand their personal issues as they learn history in an enjoyable context. I also offer tips on designing classroom activities, and I introduce some basic methods of selecting historical fiction for young readers.

Workshops with Student Audiences

With student audiences, I engage young people in creating timelines for a particular era in history. I help them experiment with role-playing, journal writing, proverbs, timelines and character development. Eventually these techniques enable young people to make connections between the past and the present.

Middle school and high school teachers contact me to conduct classroom presentations or workshops, and to meet with faculty on curriculum development.

I am also available for Black History Month and Women's History Month presentations.

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Selected Works

Activity Guide with Historical References
Introduces activities that correspond to each chapter of the novel, as well as explanation of historical events and people who appear in fictional form.
Historical Fiction
The first official historical novel on the Girl Scout movement.
An historical novel about a young African American girl coming of age in the Black West of the 1880's.
An essay on my research experiences for my second Passage to Womanhood book on the Gullah culture of the Sea Islands of South Carolina.