The Promise of Friendship

Friendship is forever. Isn’t it…

by Jo Evans Lynn



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/20/2011

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 200
ISBN : 9781449719524
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 200
ISBN : 9781449719517
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 200
ISBN : 9781449719500

About the Book

They were children who had seen too much…

“You’ll be dead before you’re five,” those were the first words Joyce Ann could remember her grandmother saying to her and the fact that she was almost nine did not make living any easier…

Joyce Ann, Josephine, Kenny, and Janie-all the children had seen too much, been through too much, dealt with too many “grown-up things” to be considered children in more than age.

Josephine spent her days fighting to protect herself and her siblings from bigger kids who saw the undersized children of a woman barely more than four feet tall as fair game…

Janie’s days were spent cooking and caring for nine younger siblings and sleepless nights were spent wondering “when” rather than “if” one of her mother’s numerous male visitors would decide to do the unimaginable…

Kenny’s secrets were kept from even his closest friends. How could a child explain life with a mother who managed every detail of every day of his life from what he would wear to lessons that were not always about music…

It was only the “promise of friendship” that brought these four young people together in a story about the power of love and acceptance among friends.

About the Author

JO EVANS LYNN, a native of Greensboro, N.C., taught nearly every grade level and every form of English/language arts during her 37 years in education. She graduated from James B. Dudley High School in 1967 and from Shaw University in 1970. She also received a Masters Degree in Reading Education from North Carolina A&T State University. She began her teaching career teaching middle school in Charlotte Courthouse, Virginia in 1972, but spent most of the early years of her teaching career in the Alamance County Schools teaching Title I Reading at Clover Garden Elementary School (9 years) and Reading Competency/College Prep English at Eastern Alamance High School (5 years). In 1987, she transferred and continued teaching Title I Reading, English, Journalism, Drama, and Speech & Debate at various high schools in the Greensboro City & Guilford County Schools in Greensboro, North Carolina (Grimsley Senior High School-10 years, James B. Dudley Senior High School-8 years, & GTCC Early/Middle College at Jamestown –2 years).

Her diverse experiences as a language arts teacher reinforced her belief that even fiction should be based on real life experiences. In all of her books, the reader shares her experiences during the 1950s & 1960s as an African-American child growing up on the “Colored” side of town in the segregated South and as a teen searching for a place in the world around her in which the rules of life and social order are changing almost daily. Although her subjects are sometimes both serious and controversial, her sense of humor and spiritual faith always shine through as she “speaks” to her readers about the realities of growing up poor and as the second eldest of seven children. She is the divorced mother of three adult children- Janel L. Johnson, Clyde Lynn, III, and Gloria A. Lynn.