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Tiffany D. Jackson

Monday's Not Coming

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2018

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Introduction

Monday’s Not Coming

  • Genre: Fiction; young adult mystery
  • Originally Published: 2018
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile HL620L; grades 8-12
  • Structure/Length: 56 chapters; approximately 464 pages; approximately 10 hours, 6 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist/Central Conflict: The novel follows Claudia, a teenager whose best friend, Monday, has disappeared without a trace. The central conflict revolves around Claudia’s desperate search for her friend in a community that seems not to notice Monday’s absence, which leads to the discovery of horrifying secrets.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Disappearance of a teenager; child abuse; neglect; themes of violence and trauma; dyslexia; mature language; references to sex, drugs, and alcohol

Tiffany D. Jackson, Author

  • Bio: Born in the 1980s; American author of young adult fiction; holds a BA in film from Howard University; previously worked in television and film production; work often explores challenging social issues; known for her gripping narratives and multidimensional characters
  • Other Works: Allegedly (2017); Let Me Hear a Rhyme (2019); Grown (2020); Blackout (2021, co-authored)
  • Awards: Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent (2019)

CENTRAL THEMES  connected and noted throughout this Teaching Unit:

  • Perception Versus Reality
  • Racism and Gentrification
  • Coming of Age

STUDY OBJECTIVES: In accomplishing the components of this Unit, students will:

  • Gain an understanding of the physical and emotional effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and gentrification, which impact Claudia’s life.
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