I found some wonderfully exciting news on Dee’s Christian Fiction blog–drum roll, please–Stephanie Perry Moore’s Payton Skyy series of teen novels is being made into a series of Direct-to-DVD movies by Tyler Perry! This is great news!
I’ve bought the Payton Skyy series several times over the years. I even bought it for my niece TWICE! She called me up and said, “Aunt Angela, you already gave me these books–years ago.” I admit to getting a little sheep-faced at that, but when I saw them in hardcover at Black Expressions, I had to buy them. Well, dIdn’t I?
I recently purchased (around Thanksgiving, I think) Stephanie’s pre-teen series, Carmen Browne, for a younger niece (the aforementioned niece’s sister). To make up for giving the older niece the duplicate Payton Skyy books, I tossed in the first books from the Perry Skyy Jr. series, figuring she’d love a series about a boy.
I realized today how long Stephanie Perry Moore has been writing young adult Christian fiction, particularly African-American young adult Christian fiction. She is truly the godmother of the genre. (Note she has at least one series, Laurel Shadrach, that stars a Caucasian pre-teen.) Come to think about it, Stephanie is a pioneer in African-American Christian fiction, in general, as her first book came out in 2000 when the genre was first starting.
Congratulations to Stephanie! Let’s all be on the look-out for the DVDs.