Books By Kenneth Rogers Jr.

The Diary of Oliver Lee

Rogers-Cover-WebThe Diary of Oliver Lee tells the tale of the last Liturian, cursed and blessed with the ability to “stream” stories from the minds of others and tell the tales they can’t.

As a young boy, Kevin is pulled toward a mysterious used bookstore that only he seems able to see. He enters and meets an eccentric sales clerk who gives him the diary of a man named Oliver Lee. The boy takes the book home and reads of the old man’s lifelong search for a couple he has never met, as well as his journey through the lives of the fantastic and the ordinary to find and save their lives.

After he finishes reading the diary, the boy races back to the bookstore, but finds that it is now empty. Begin the chronicle and understand the mystery, the lies, and the truth of Oliver Lee in this unforgettable, puzzling fantasy novel, which is the first book in the Liturian trilogy.

Sequence

Will Andrea and Thomas regain their full memories? What dangers will they encounter as their intense visits to the past cause a stunning affect? The riveting Sequence questions our reality, while taking the reader on a remarkable journey into the mind.

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Raped Black Male

Rogers-Cover-WebRaped Black Male tells my story of being homeless and struggling to overcome depression while coming to terms with being sexually assaulted by my sister at age eight. Beginning in my middle school years, the novel weaves its way through the ’90s to present day, as the stress of exceeding expectations of what it means to be a black male and the crippling unspoken belief that says (without saying) – it’s impossible for a man to be raped – has forced one mental breakdown after another, resulting in thoughts of suicide.

This memoir is filled with depth, humor, and honesty about the reality and myth of what it means to be a black male (not all of us can handle a basketball or football), while explaining the burden and responsibility each assigned title has had on my life, the way I prepare my seventh grade students to enter the world, and the way my shattered thoughts have forced me to interact. Using original journal entries written during my early life, each page is inspirational and told from the heart.

Chronicles of the Last Liturian: Love and Fear

Book two has arrived in the continuing story of the Chronicles of the Last Liturian.

Years have passed since Kevin first read the diary of Oliver Lee in book one of the series. The used bookstore still stands where he was given the diary by an eccentric sales clerk who then vanished, and now a little girl named Alex has wandered through its doors.

Mystified by tales her grandmother told her of her best friend, Kevin, who vanished after reading about Oliver Lee, Alex enters the abandoned bookstore and finds the same journal. After taking it home, her grandmother, GG, is furious that she broke into the store.

The story takes place as race relations and riots erupt over the summer of 1964. GG tells Alex the stories she read about Oliver Lee were fake and that he didn’t really exist. But when Alex leaves, GG begins to read the journal Alex found in Antique Books and realizes it’s the same diary from her past.

She finds Kevin has added the story of how he met GG, his ability to hear the music of crimson leaves as they sprout from the white oak near the school, and his search for Oliver Lee that can save two innocent people he believes will die if he doesn’t act.

As GG and Alex get sucked into Kevin’s world, Kevin explains his newfound ability to “stream” stories while searching for answers about Oliver Lee, Antique Books, and the deaths of the couple he’s trying to save. Is Kevin transforming into the living myth of Oliver Lee?

About the Author

Displaying author-photo.jpgKenneth Rogers, Jr. is an inner city teacher of humanities in Baltimore, Maryland, and the father of two girls.