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Publisher Comments:

Patrice Williams was happy living in Georgia with her grandmother, who called her “cocoa grandbaby.” Then her mother lured her to Chicago and ended up in jail. Now Patrice lives with her Auntie Mae, and her new nickname is “Puffy” - thanks to her giant poof of hair. But Patrices hair isnt the only reason she sticks out: she cares about her grades and strives for the best. Thats why Monty Freeman, another eighth grader who lives in the building, asks Patrice to tutor his little brother. Even though Montys friends make Patrice uneasy, Monty himself is friendly, confident, and surprisingly smart. When he becomes her guardian angel, Patrice begins to think something stronger than friendship might be growing between them. Still, nothing will stop her from applying for a scholarship at prestigious Dogwood Academy - her ticket out of the project and a school populated by gangs and drug runners.

 

In her debut novel, Traci L. Jones presents a girl with grit she never knew she had, and a boy so inspired by her that he begins to take pride in his own abilities.

 
Standing Against the Wind is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year and the winner of the 2007 Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe New Talent Award.

Review:

"Thirteen-year-old Patrice Williams isn't used to the dangers of Chicago. A year ago, she lived in Georgia with her grandmother-until her mother 'spirited her away.' But in less than three months' time, her mother is sent to jail. Now, Patrice lives with her Auntie Mae in a small apartment in the projects and is responsible for household chores, caring for her auntie's two children, while keeping up her excellent grades. When the principal at school encourages Patrice to apply for a scholarship at a prestigious African-American boarding school in Mississippi, Patrice knows this may be her only opportunity for a better life. There is one catch-Patrice needs her mother's signature. Patrice finds support in solving her problem through Monty, a one-time gang leader who, inspired by Patrice, now thinks school and learning are important. Readers will be delighted as their friendship evolves into romance, and things begin to look up for both of them. Though at times the writing can be uneven, and Patrice's living situation seems too comfortable, first-time novelist Jones gently and credibly exposes readers to the gritty side of city life-where gangs rule the streets, parents abandon their children for crime or drugs, and children find few opportunities to escape. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Patrice dreams of a first-class education, but right now shes just got to survive the walk to school.

Synopsis:

Patrice Williams was happy living in Georgia with her grandmother, then her mother lured her to Chicago and ended up in jail. Living in the projects, Patrice is an easy target for everyone. Not only wont she stand up for herself, she cares about her grades—unlike her classmates. But that draws the attention of Monty Freeman, another eighth grader who asks Patrice to tutor his little brother. When Monty becomes her guardian angel, Patrice begins to think something stronger than friendship might be growing between them. Still, nothing will stop her from applying for a scholarship at prestigious Dogwood Academy—except her mother.
 
Standing Against the Wind is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year and the winner of the 2007 Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe New Talent Award.

Synopsis:

In her debut novel, Traci L. Jones presents a girl with grit she never knew she had, and a boy so inspired by her that he begins to take pride in his own abilities.

About the Author

TRACI L. JONES lives with her husband and children in Denver, Colorado.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374371746
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Subject:
Family - General
Author:
Jones, Traci L.
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
Family problems
Subject:
Family/General (see also headings under Social Issues)
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Adolescence
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Family - Parents
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date:
20060905
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 7 up to 9
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.85 x 5.46 x 0.57 in
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

Related Subjects

Children's » Awards » Coretta Scott King Award Winners
Children's » General
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Adolescence
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Self-Esteem and Self-Reliance

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Product details 192 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374371746 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Thirteen-year-old Patrice Williams isn't used to the dangers of Chicago. A year ago, she lived in Georgia with her grandmother-until her mother 'spirited her away.' But in less than three months' time, her mother is sent to jail. Now, Patrice lives with her Auntie Mae in a small apartment in the projects and is responsible for household chores, caring for her auntie's two children, while keeping up her excellent grades. When the principal at school encourages Patrice to apply for a scholarship at a prestigious African-American boarding school in Mississippi, Patrice knows this may be her only opportunity for a better life. There is one catch-Patrice needs her mother's signature. Patrice finds support in solving her problem through Monty, a one-time gang leader who, inspired by Patrice, now thinks school and learning are important. Readers will be delighted as their friendship evolves into romance, and things begin to look up for both of them. Though at times the writing can be uneven, and Patrice's living situation seems too comfortable, first-time novelist Jones gently and credibly exposes readers to the gritty side of city life-where gangs rule the streets, parents abandon their children for crime or drugs, and children find few opportunities to escape. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Patrice dreams of a first-class education, but right now shes just got to survive the walk to school.
"Synopsis" by ,
Patrice Williams was happy living in Georgia with her grandmother, then her mother lured her to Chicago and ended up in jail. Living in the projects, Patrice is an easy target for everyone. Not only wont she stand up for herself, she cares about her grades—unlike her classmates. But that draws the attention of Monty Freeman, another eighth grader who asks Patrice to tutor his little brother. When Monty becomes her guardian angel, Patrice begins to think something stronger than friendship might be growing between them. Still, nothing will stop her from applying for a scholarship at prestigious Dogwood Academy—except her mother.
 
Standing Against the Wind is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year and the winner of the 2007 Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe New Talent Award.
"Synopsis" by , In her debut novel, Traci L. Jones presents a girl with grit she never knew she had, and a boy so inspired by her that he begins to take pride in his own abilities.

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