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Young Adult Fiction Novel Depicts Real Life Teen Issues Amid Scandal, Murder And Intrigue

New young adult fiction thriller has early readers raving for more.


(Portland, OR) – Today’s teens sure ain’t naïve and that certainly holds true for the characters in The Diary of Tippy Ellis” Mama’s Daughter.” This first book – in an original new fiction series – by Boss Amanishakhete has readers guessing through many twists and turns as they follow the journey of 16-year-old African-American LaTonya Loretta Ellis nicknamed Tippy at age 4. Atlanta and Portland provide backdrops for this young protagonist whose father uproots her from Atlanta, Georgia and moves her to Portland, Oregon in the middle of her high school senior year.

Amanishakhete says her own colorful, adventurous and sometimes tragic life inspired her novel. “I wanted young adult readers to see themselves in this story,” says Amanishakhete. “That’s why I’ve created a vast range of characters who experience life in real time.”

Both mature teens and adults have enjoyed The Diary of Tippy Ellis. Many of these readers relate to Tippy who battles the pressure of drugs, alcohol and sex while coming to grips with family secrets that involve scandal, murder, violence and even romance.

Boss Amanishakhete has captured the essence of human nature in a novel that will make you laugh, cry and get angry, offering many teachable moments for Tippy and her readers as she’s challenged by a variety of events that drive her toward a shocking truth.

The Diary of Tippy Ellis “Mama’s Daughter” is on sale now at, Kindle eBook, Barnes & Noble, Createspace as well as other electronic formats to follow. Later this year Amanishakhete will present an inside look at Diary of Tippy Ellis (book 2) set for release spring 2014. For a media kit, to review a copy of the book, arrange an interview or book signing contact Amanishakhete at .

Diary of Tippy Ellis ISBN-13: 978-0615794815.

About the author: Boss Amanishakhete (Uh-ma-ni-sha-kete), although a new author to the world of young adult urban fiction, is no stranger to writing and authorship. She’s currently a Word-Soul artist. Amanishakhete’s mission is to “Inspire positive changes in the world through the heart and soul of a woman.”


 young adult fiction
 African Americans
 Mature teen books
 Suspense thriller
 young women

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