Author; Maurice Broaddus; Mentorship
“I love watching middle-schoolers become young leaders,” said Maurice Broaddus, an author and teacher in Indianapolis, Indiana.
One minute he sees them in class at Oaks Academy Middle School, and the next they’re involved in protest marches, community betterment, positive change, he said.
That’s certainly true of Bella Fades, the 13-year-old protagonist of Broaddus’s new novel, “Unfadeable.” And it’s true of Bella Faidley, the former student who inspired the savvy character.
“She basically said, ‘Mr. Broaddus, write about me,’ ” he said with a laugh.
So he did, drawing on her personality and passion for activism.
By Mary Quattlebaum