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We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success

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Sampson, George, and Rameck could easily have followed their childhood friends into drugdealing, gangs, and prison. Like their peers, they came from poor, single-parent homes in urban neighborhoods where survival, not scholastic success, was the priority. When the three boys met in a magnet high school in Newark, they recognized each other as kindred spirits who wanted to overcome the incredible odds against them and reach for opportunity. They made a friendship pact, deciding together to take on the biggest challenge of their lives: attending college and then medical school. Along the way they made mistakes and faced disappointments, but by working hard, finding the right mentors, separating themselves from negative influences, and supporting each other, they achieved their goals—and more.

In We Beat the Street, award-winning YA author and teacher Sharon Draper brings the doctors' childhood, teenage, and young-adult anecdotes vividly to life. Brief “conversations” with the doctors at the end of each chapter provide context and advice in a friendly, nonintrusive way. Youngsters will be captivated by the men's honest accounts of the street life that threatened to swallow them up, and how they helped each other succeed beyond their wildest expectations.

Synopsis:

Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt discovered early in their friendship that they shared a disturbing trait: as children, they navigated dangerous inner-city life without a fathers guidance. In spite of this, they escaped delinquency and crime to form the Pact, dedicated to putting themselves on the road to success. Now, the Three Doctors make a new promise: to set aside their resentment, and rebuild the relationships with their fathers—men they barely recognize. Told in alternating voices between father and son, The Bond explores the hard lessons of growing up without a father and suggests ways to stem the tide of fatherlessness in communities across the country. Honest, brave, and poignant, The Bond is a book for every child and every family.

 

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Chosen by Essence to be among the forty most influential African Americans, the three doctors grew up in the streets of Newark, facing city life’s temptations, pitfalls, even jail. But one day these three young men made a pact. They promised each other they would all become doctors, and stick it out together through the long, difficult journey to attaining that dream. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt are not only friends to this day—they are all doctors.

This is a story about the power of friendship. Of joining forces and beating the odds. A story about changing your life, and the lives of those you love most...together.

About the Author

George Jenkins, Sampson Davis, and Rameck Hunt grew up together in Newark and graduated from Seton Hall University. Davis and Hunt received their medical degrees from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Jenkins received his dentistry degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry. The three doctors are the recipients of the Essence Lifetime Achievement Award. All three continue to live in Newark.

Table of Contents

TEST--->Introduction

1. Dreaming Big

2. Home

3. Ma

4. Common Ground

5. Caged

6. A Big Break

7. Hope

George on Peer Pressure

8. Summer Odyssey

9. Earth Angel

10. A Different World

Rameck on Giving Back

11. Rap

12. Lovesick

13. Access Med

14. Old Ties

15. D.W.B.

16. Becoming Doctors

Sam on Perseverance

17. Graduation

18. Goodbye

19. Home Again

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

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Renee Weitzner, October 16, 2010 (view all comments by Renee Weitzner)
We Beat the Street is a powerful book. It relates the lives of three very good friends who pledge that their friendship will survive no matter what and that they will succeed. True to their word, despite tremendous difficulties, it does. They each manage to go to college, medical school residency and have now become doctors. Each doctor relates each chapter, bringing the reader right along. We suffer along with the writer, and we applaud when all goes well. Their story is an inspiration to young people, especially, and a treasure to the rest of us!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142406274
Author:
Davis, Sampson
Publisher:
Puffin Books
Author:
Hunt, Rameck
Author:
Page, Lisa Frazier
Author:
Draper, Sharon
Author:
Jenkins, George
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Success
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Biography / Autobiography
Subject:
Biographical - United States
Subject:
Children s All Ages - Fiction - General
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Child Care
Subject:
General
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
7-9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.12x6.74x.63 in. .50 lbs.
Age Level:
09-12

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Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt discovered early in their friendship that they shared a disturbing trait: as children, they navigated dangerous inner-city life without a fathers guidance. In spite of this, they escaped delinquency and crime to form the Pact, dedicated to putting themselves on the road to success. Now, the Three Doctors make a new promise: to set aside their resentment, and rebuild the relationships with their fathers—men they barely recognize. Told in alternating voices between father and son, The Bond explores the hard lessons of growing up without a father and suggests ways to stem the tide of fatherlessness in communities across the country. Honest, brave, and poignant, The Bond is a book for every child and every family.

 

"Synopsis" by ,

Chosen by Essence to be among the forty most influential African Americans, the three doctors grew up in the streets of Newark, facing city life’s temptations, pitfalls, even jail. But one day these three young men made a pact. They promised each other they would all become doctors, and stick it out together through the long, difficult journey to attaining that dream. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt are not only friends to this day—they are all doctors.

This is a story about the power of friendship. Of joining forces and beating the odds. A story about changing your life, and the lives of those you love most...together.

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