An Ode to the Fresh Cut

Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James


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  • One of the first books in the debut lineup of Denene Millner Books, the highly anticipated children’s book line of New York Times bestselling author Denene Millner, a contributing editor at Agate Publishing, where she is publishing children’s and YA literature dedicated to African American voices and stories.
  • Themes of confidence and self-esteem in looking good.
  • Lush, colorful, realistic imagery featuring various African American male characters.
  • Celebrates the humanity of young black boys.
  • An homage to the rituals of black barbershops.
  • Barnes is the author of multiple children’s books, including the popular Ruby and The Booker Boys series.
  • Barnes is the father of four sons, whom he writes about on his parenting blog, Raising the Mighty


Derrick Barnes:
Derrick Barnes, a graduate of Jackson State University, is the author of eight books, including the popular series Ruby and the Booker Boys. He also wrote bestselling copy for Hallmark as the first African American male staff writer for the company. Barnes resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife and four sons.

Gordon C. James, a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, is a nationally recognized, award-winning fine artist specializing in figurative drawing. He is the illustrator of the Scraps of Time children’s book series. He has worked for Hallmark as an illustrator and artist and has taught at the University of North Carolina. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.