Author of children's book and young adult novels whose book Bronx Masquerade earned the Coretta Scott King Award in 2002.
She read voraciously as a child, using books as a means of coping with life in Harlem.
She gained additional acclaim for her poetry and photography.
She was born in Harlem, New York.
Her 2000 book, Aneesa Lee and the Weaver's gift was illustrated by Ashley Bryan.