Taneesha Never Disparaging
Author: M. LaVora Perry
Paperback or hardback: 202 pages
Publisher: Wisdom Publications and Release date 2008
Age: 8 – 12
Taneesha Never Disparaging is a wonderful journey through the life of a teenager. Finding her way in regards to school, friendships, bullies and religion would be tough for anyone. Taneesha faces her fears and the reader will cheer her on all the way.
Taneesha Bay Ross is back to school after a long summer break. She is back to dealing with class bullies, homework assignments and worst of all school elections. And on top of all that everyone in the schools knows she is a Buddhist.
Her friend Carli has nominated her for class president. Taneesha, desperate in her attempt to stop Carli, chants but it doesn’t seem to work. As a result, Taneesha is trying to figure out a way to withdrawal her name from the nomination. She wants to tell her friend Carli to take her out of the running, but she is finding that is easier said than done. Along the way Taneesha shares with Carli her Buddhist religion and teaches her chanting.
Taneesha walks us through her role as a Buddhist by showing the meaning of “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo” which translates to “I devote my life to the wonderful Law of the Lotus Flower Teaching of the Buddha.” Taneesha turns to buddhism and chanting when she is feeling stressed. She and Carli are feeling the pressure of the school bully and everything seems to be escalating. As Taneesha faces her fears she finds that things are not always as bad as they seem.
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