Darius and the Vanilla Funk by Phil Wohl
Approx. 20,070 words.
Published on July 30, 2011.
Darius and the Vanilla Funk centers on the special relationship between fifth-grade teacher and student, and the strong bond they have formed. Darius Mitchell walks a bumpy road after leaving Mr. Cohen's class, hitting the streets as a gang member. It isn't until he is knocking on death's door, that Mr. C steps in to teach the final lessons.