Alexis Powell

Writing for Children & Young Adults


In Carving Space—Alexis Powell’s Center supported novel—Logan is a thirteen-year-old Black boy who loves to sit on the shore and watch his talented older brother Dylan catch waves. Dylan is one of the best surfers in San Diego, and he wins competitions all over the country until he quits out of the blue and refuses to tell anyone why. Logan discovers it’s because of something white surfers said to Dylan during an altercation out on the water. Logan, who is generally clumsy and has no natural talent for surfing, practices to enter a fast-approaching surfing contest to inspire his brother to return to the waves where he belongs. Carving Space is meant to encourage Black kids to not only spend time in nature but also to continually stoke the fire of their passion no matter what anyone has to say.

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