Ashley and Tiana is the story of two unlikely friends, Ashley Glazier and Tiana Thompson, who meet at summer camp in Pennsylvania during the summer of 1982. Tiana, who lives in the Bronx, is into Hip Hop and Ashley, who lives in Greenwich Village, is into punk rock. After an awkward meeting, they become best friends and learn that they, and their music, have a lot more in common than they first realized. Following a series of adventures, their summer culminates in the most highly anticipated and exciting event of their young lives. Ashley and Tiana is an inspirational, educational, and entertaining story for girls and boys of all ages about the value of friendship, persevering in the face of challenges, and embracing the everyday joys of life.
Ashley and Tiana was my second book. I wrote it while recovering from a sprained ankle, on the heels of a research project about the intertwined historical context of punk and Hip hop in the 1970s. While I originally thought this project would result in a very serious, quasi-academic nonfiction book, the result was this delightful book for young women (and others) instead.