For Immediate Release: J. L. Woodson, author of Superwoman’s Child: Son of a Single Mother is a 38th NAACP Image Awards Nominee for Outstanding Literary Work — Youth/Teens


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J. L. Woodson, author of Superwoman’s Child: Son of a Single Mother

38th NAACP Image Awards Nominee for Outstanding Literary Work — Youth/Teens


January 9, 2007 – Los Angeles, CA The 38th NAACP Image Awards Nominations were announced on January 9, 2007 during a press conference at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. Vanessa L. Williams, Isaiah Washington, Chandra Wilson, Shaun Robinson and DB Woodside, joined Bruce S. Gordon, President and CEO of the NAACP along with NAACP Image Awards Committee Chairman, Clayola Brown, and Vicangelo Bulluck, Executive Producer, to announce the nominees for the 38th NAACP Image Awards

The NAACP Image Awards honors projects and individuals that promote diversity in the arts in television, recording, literature and motion pictures. The theme of this year’s show is “Youth Create Change. The 38th NAACP Image Awards will air live on Friday, March 2nd (8:00-10:00 .m. ET/PT) on FOX.

This year, over 1,200 entries were received. From those entries, a special committee of 300 industry professionals and NAACP leaders from across the country selected five nominees in each of 35 categories. Any artist, manager, publicist, production company, record label, studio, network or publishing house could submit an entry to the NAACP Image Awards. The final selections are voted.

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

“Copper Sun”—Sharon M. Draper (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)

“Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott”—Russell Freedman (Holiday House)

“Letters to a Young Brother”—Hill Harper (Gotham Books)

“Maya Angelou”—Donna Brown Agins (Enslow Publishers, Inc.)

“Superwoman’s Child”—J.L. Woodson (Strebor/Atria Books)


See the entire list of nominees:

About J. L. Woodson (

He is a student of Fisk University, the winner of the Coca-Cola, Clear Channel, State Farm Insurance and McDonald’s Youth Leadership Award; winner of the Chicago Urban League’s Youth Entrepreneur Award, recipient of Fisk University’s Talented Tenth Award and many other

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awards and distinctions including Who’s Who Among American High School Students and National Karate Champion. His first novel, The Things I Could Tell You! was published when he was sixteen, followed by How to Win the Publishing Game at seventeen, Breaking the Cycle award-winning anthology at eighteen, and Superwoman’s Child: Son of a Single Mother at nineteen. He resides in Nashville where he is working on his third novel, Circle Until You Land.

About Superwoman’s Child Son of a Single Mother

“What a wonderful tribute to single mothers. You are a true son of Fisk [University].”

Nikki Giovanni, author and poet

“Superwoman’s Child is a heart-warming tribute to all women and a wonderful account of the challenges single mothers face everyday.”

Mary B. Morrison, New York Times Best selling author“J. L. Woodson captures the heart and soul of teenagers today. This novel tells the story of a young man who draws on the wisdom of his loved ones as he struggles to get back on top. Recommended reading for parents and teenagers alike.”Helen Stanton Hawkins, principal

From a young author who has lived through what he writes about, Superwoman’s Child is an eye-opening novel chronicling one teenage son’s struggle with his trouble-filled life. Sure to resonate with parents and teenagers alike, Superwoman’s Child is by turns humorous and heart wrenching—a revealing story of the determined perseverance of one son and the unwavering encouragement of his mother.

Growing up the only male in a house full of women is no easy task. Sometimes the women can be “as sweet as pie,” while other days they turn into something he wouldn’t dare say out loud.

So is the life of Sean Morris, a teenager with an absent father and troubles many would recognize. Even though his father’s been practically missing in action for a while, Sean still wonders if he will ever be there for him, especially now, when he needs him most. Will Sean be able to handle new challenges without a male role model? Or will he come to terms with the fact that the only people he needs in his life are the ones who actually love him—the “superwomen” who are already there?

Available at Walmart, Borders, Barnes & Noble, and leading and specialty stores nationwide. Bulk purchases for elementary schools, high schools, libraries, colleges and universities libraries at Simon & Schuster (1-800-223-2336); 224 pages, ISBN: 978-1-59309-059-3, $13.00 paperback/$17.95 in Canada.

Publicist for J. L. Woodson, Macro Publishing Group – 888.854.8823 or

Contact for the NAACP Image Awards: 323.938.5268

Jennifer Price/The Lippin Group 323-965-1990

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