After Tupac & D Foster (Hardcover)
|Author: Jacqueline Woodson|
|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|
From the Publisher:
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.
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.