Desiree Davenport: Welcome to Treeless Park
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Summary: Twelve-year-old Desiree Davenport, whose parents get divorced right before seventh grade, adjusts to life in a new city and a new school while fitting in as a cheerleader for USA Little League Football. Challenges arise when she befriends the stars of the football team, Rashad and Phil du Bois, who bully one of their teammates, Chauncey Willis. Desiree dives into the mystery of why the twins bully Chauncey, and must choose between holding onto the close relationship with her friends and standing up for what is right.
Chental Song Bembry is an author and motivational speaker from Somerset, NJ. As a proud alumna of the illustrious Hampton University, she holds a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Leadership Studies. She started playing tennis at the age of four and played competitively through high school. Since then, she has become a fan of football and basketball.
Chental is the author of Desiree Davenport: Welcome to Treeless Park, coming in March 2020. Prior to publishing Desiree Davenport, she wrote and illustrated “The Honey Bunch Kids” book series. Chental’s contributions to literacy have been recognized by Black Enterprise, Ebony Magazine, Essence Magazine, ESPN’s The Undefeated, BuzzFeed, USA Today, The Ringer, The Cheat Sheet TV, the National Urban League, and Black Entertainment Television. In 2015, she was recognized at the BET Honors as an “Early Riser” and at the Black Girls Rock! awards show, where the former FLOTUS, Michelle Obama, declared her a “Making a Difference Girl.” In May 2018, Chental was featured in LeBron James’ Always Believe campaign during the NBA Playoffs.
In her spare time, Chental enjoys visiting schools to deliver an original motivational speech called “Passion and Purpose,” in which she inspires children to identify their potential career paths through their interests.