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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0399246541
ISBN-13: 9780399246548
Sku: 205098381
Publish Date: 1/10/2008
Pages:  153
Age Range:  14 to UP
 
Listening to rap music and thinking they understand challenging times on the streets, Neeka and her best friends in their safe community in Queens come to realize differently after befriending D, a young girl with a hard past and numerous foster families, who begins to open up about her real life experiences and struggles. *Author: Woodson, Jacqueline *Publication Date: 2008/01/10 *Number of Pages: 153 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Grade Level: 7-9 *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.50
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D Foster showed up a few months before Tupac got shot that first time and left us the summer before he died.

The day D Foster enters Neeka and her best friendÂ's lives, the world opens up for them. D comes from a world vastly different from their safe Queens neighborhood, and through her, the girls see another side of life that includes loss, foster families and an amount of freedom that makes the girls envious. Although all of them are crazy about Tupac ShakurÂ's rap music, D is the one who truly understands the place where heÂ's coming from, and through knowing D, TupacÂ's lyrics become more personal for all of them.

The girls are thirteen when DÂ's mom swoops in to reclaim DÂ?and as magically as she appeared, she now disappears from their lives. Tupac is gone, too, after another shooting; this time fatal. As the narrator looks back, she sees lives suspended in time, and realizes that even all-too-brief connections can touch deeply.

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Book-ended by rapper Tupac Shakur's two shootings--one that he survived, the second fatal--the coming-of-age experiences of an unnamed narrator, her best friend Neeka, and a foster girl named D are detailed in master storyteller Jacqueline Woodson's stirring young adult novel set in suburban Queens. The girls' fascination with D's complex life, and their own coping skills, are overshadowed by the life and times of Tupac. A 2009 Newbery Honor Book.
Author Bio
Jacqueline Woodson
Though she started her working life at the tender age of two as an Ebony magazine model for Alaga syrup, Jacqueline Woodson's first love was always writing. Growing up in North Carolina and Brooklyn, Woodson worked as a drama therapist for teens in need, before taking up writing full-time. She's the author of over 20 books for children of all ages, from picture books to young adult titles, including SHOW WAY and FEATHERS.

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"The narrative mostly skips hip-hop's beats and rhymes for the lyrics and loudness of brusque girlhoods...." 5/11/2008

"Woodson delicately unfolds issues about race and less obvious forms of oppression as the narrator becomes aware of them; occasionally, the plot feel manipulated toward that purpose. Even so, the subtlety and depth with which the author conveys the girls' relationships lend this novel exceptional vividness and staying power." 12/10/2007

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   10
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0153
Product attributePublisher:   Putnam Publishing Group
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