The Long Way Home

Authors & Illustrator


Third Place Book Award

Third Place Award

Fiction > Urban
Honorable Mention Book Award

Honorable Mention

Fiction > YA - Literary & Coming of Age


As a teenager living in Southeast San Diego during the 1970s, Benji is hopeful for the promise of a brighter future. But there are no guarantees in life, and he must undergo numerous tests of judgment. Presented with five choices, Benji’s decisions have the power to transform the trajectory of his life and ultimately his destiny. Standing at a crossroads and staring down the unknown, Benji can embark on five different paths. But where will each decision lead, and can he live with the consequences? If only he had the insight to know which road to take. While the narrator serves as a spiritual guide to Benji, readers are compelled to consider their own life choices and confront the resulting circumstances. Offering a unique insight into the diversity of the African American experience, “Crossroads” speaks to people of all ages, genders and races, and reminds us that we are often only one decision away from a totally different life.