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Publisher Comments:

School, what school?

My name is X-Ray-X

So be careful how you flex

I used to freestyle in me bedroom

But me daddy got me vex

The teacher kicked me out of the classroom

Now I'm rapping in The Rex.

Ray has trouble at home and trouble at school. It's the last straw for everyone when Ray and his friends Prem and Tyrone are permanently suspended. But they know what they want, more than most, perhaps. Their headmaster decides to give them a second chance, a chance to live their dream of forming a rap group. Through a specialized social program, the boys are taught the business of the music industry, what it takes to record an album, and how to lay down a track. Within weeks they have become the Positive Negatives, and within a few months they have signed a record deal and are on their way to the top. But their dream soon becomes a nightmare as violence escalates around them. Suddenly, not only their careers but their very lives are at stake. The Positive Negatives are determined to prove that you don't need to be a gangster to be a great rapper.

Review:

"Zephaniah (Refugee Boy) paints a vivid picture of the hip-hop music scene and related gang warfare in London, but his message to readers is mixed. While attending an alternative school, three reputed trouble makers ('known for their confrontational behaviour') are given the opportunity to develop their music skills and voice their anger against their school system, their parents and other authority figures. Marga Man, the owner of a local music store, helps 15-year-old Ray and his buddies Tyrone and Prem form a band called the Positive Negatives; they release a hit single and the group is soon on the way to international stardom. The price of their success is high, however. Fans of a rival rap band grow vicious. Live concerts performed by the Positive Negatives become breeding grounds for fights, and the band members receive mysterious, recurring threats. On the one hand, the author clearly communicates the boys' commitment to their music and the ill effects of unleashed violence; on the other hand, his account of the three expelled students becoming overnight stars stretches credibility, and the expression of their anger seems to be the only purpose and goal for their music. Although the book features ultra-hip dialogue, romance and action, unfortunately, readers don't get a sense of the boys' characters or their relationships (to one another or to family members and other friends), and will likely remember the violence more than the author's message. Ages 14-up. (Aug.) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A performance poet delivers this groundbreaking new novel that explores the life of two troubled teens who dream to form a rap group. After joining a special social program at school, they and their new group land a record deal. But their dream soon becomes a nightmare as violence around them escalates.

Synopsis:

School, what school?
My name is X-Ray-X
So be careful how you flexBut me daddy got me vex
The teacher kicked me out of the classroom
Now I'm rapping in The Rex.
Ray has trouble at home and trouble at school. It's the last straw for everyone when Ray and his friends Prem and Tyrone are permanently suspended. But they know what they want, more than most, perhaps. Their headmaster decides to give them a second chance, a chance to live their dream of forming a rap group. Through a specialized social program, the boys are taught the business of the music industry, what it takes to record an album, and how to lay down a track. Within weeks they have become the Positive Negatives, and within a few months they have signed a record deal and are on their way to the top. But their dream soon becomes a nightmare as violence escalates around them. Suddenly, not only their careers but their very lives are at stake. The Positive Negatives are determined to prove that you don't need to be a gangster to be a great rapper.

About the Author

Benjamin Zephaniah is a performance poet who travels on literary world tours for the British Council. He is the author of Refugee Boy and Face. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781582348865
Author:
Zephaniah, Benjamin
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
England
Subject:
Rap
Subject:
Gangs
Subject:
Blacks
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Series Volume:
73
Publication Date:
20040831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9 up to 13
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
7.78 x 5.22 x 0.915 in
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 200 pages Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - English 9781582348865 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Zephaniah (Refugee Boy) paints a vivid picture of the hip-hop music scene and related gang warfare in London, but his message to readers is mixed. While attending an alternative school, three reputed trouble makers ('known for their confrontational behaviour') are given the opportunity to develop their music skills and voice their anger against their school system, their parents and other authority figures. Marga Man, the owner of a local music store, helps 15-year-old Ray and his buddies Tyrone and Prem form a band called the Positive Negatives; they release a hit single and the group is soon on the way to international stardom. The price of their success is high, however. Fans of a rival rap band grow vicious. Live concerts performed by the Positive Negatives become breeding grounds for fights, and the band members receive mysterious, recurring threats. On the one hand, the author clearly communicates the boys' commitment to their music and the ill effects of unleashed violence; on the other hand, his account of the three expelled students becoming overnight stars stretches credibility, and the expression of their anger seems to be the only purpose and goal for their music. Although the book features ultra-hip dialogue, romance and action, unfortunately, readers don't get a sense of the boys' characters or their relationships (to one another or to family members and other friends), and will likely remember the violence more than the author's message. Ages 14-up. (Aug.) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A performance poet delivers this groundbreaking new novel that explores the life of two troubled teens who dream to form a rap group. After joining a special social program at school, they and their new group land a record deal. But their dream soon becomes a nightmare as violence around them escalates.
"Synopsis" by , School, what school?
My name is X-Ray-X
So be careful how you flexBut me daddy got me vex
The teacher kicked me out of the classroom
Now I'm rapping in The Rex.
Ray has trouble at home and trouble at school. It's the last straw for everyone when Ray and his friends Prem and Tyrone are permanently suspended. But they know what they want, more than most, perhaps. Their headmaster decides to give them a second chance, a chance to live their dream of forming a rap group. Through a specialized social program, the boys are taught the business of the music industry, what it takes to record an album, and how to lay down a track. Within weeks they have become the Positive Negatives, and within a few months they have signed a record deal and are on their way to the top. But their dream soon becomes a nightmare as violence escalates around them. Suddenly, not only their careers but their very lives are at stake. The Positive Negatives are determined to prove that you don't need to be a gangster to be a great rapper.
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