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andlt;bandgt; "WHEN YOU GREW UP IN THE PROJECTS, THERE WERE NO CHOICES. NO GOOD ONES, AT LEAST." andlt;/bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; In the Frederick Douglass Project where DeShawn lives, daily life is ruled by drugs and gang violence. Many teenagers drop out of school and join gangs, and every kid knows someone who died. Gunshots ring out on a regular basis. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; DeShawn is smart enough to know he should stay in school and keep away from the gangs. But while his friends have drug money to buy fancy sneakers and big-screen TVs, DeShawn's family can barely afford food for the month. How can he stick to his principles when his family is hungry? andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; In this gritty novel about growing up in the inner city, award-winning author Todd Strasser opens a window into the life of a teenager struggling with right and wrong under the ever-present shadow of gangs.

Review:

"In this superficially compelling but heavy-handed book about gang culture, narrator DeShawn faces tough circumstances and limited choices. Readers first meet DeShawn as a smart 12-year-old with potential; four years later, he is a gang member in charge of operations at his housing project. While the story has a Law and Order — type drama, it also runs on clich: the determined grandmother, the star-crossed love, the jealous second-in-command, the concerned cop and the teacher who reaches out knowing his offer will be rejected. The plot serves the author's agenda, which Strasser (Give a Boy a Gun) puts in plain sight: he opens each section with a statistic plus a rap lyric, and his foreword and last chapter argue that 'significant numbers of American citizens — mostly minorities, and many living in impoverished inner-city areas — are doomed to fail.' Given that Strasser's foreword explicitly defines himself and his audience as more privileged than his characters ('we forget that millions of inner-city denizens are just like us'), it's hard to escape the feeling that his story is more well-meaning than authentic. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

An award-winning author looks at the gang life in the projects in this gripping, powerful novel that focuses on a growing issue affecting the lives of thousands of teens every day. An Author's Note provides information on gang-prevention Web sites and resources.

Synopsis:

"WHEN YOU GREW UP IN THE PROJECTS, THERE WERE NO CHOICES. NO GOOD ONES, AT LEAST."

In the Frederick Douglass Project where DeShawn lives, daily life is ruled by drugs and gang violence. Many teenagers drop out of school and join gangs, and every kid knows someone who died. Gunshots ring out on a regular basis.

DeShawn is smart enough to know he should stay in school and keep away from the gangs. But while his friends have drug money to buy fancy sneakers and big-screen TVs, DeShawn's family can barely afford food for the month. How can he stick to his principles when his family is hungry?

In this gritty novel about growing up in the inner city, award-winning author Todd Strasser opens a window into the life of a teenager struggling with right and wrong under the ever-present shadow of gangs.

About the Author

Todd Strasser has written many award-winning novels, including Boot Camp, Can't Get There from Here, Give a Boy a Gun, How I Changed My Life, and How I Created My Perfect Prom Date, which was adapted for the Fox feature film Drive Me Crazy. He decided to write If I Grow Up after visiting several inner-city schools and reading about the growing problem of gangs. Strasser frequently speaks at schools about the craft of writing and conducts writing workshops for young people. He lives in a suburb of New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416925231
Author:
Strasser, Todd
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Subject:
Gangs
Subject:
Poverty
Subject:
Social Issues - Violence
Subject:
Social Issues - Drugs, Alcohol, & Substance Abuse
Subject:
Lifestyles - City & Town Life
Subject:
Situations / Violence
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Violence
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f/c jacket
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
08-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this superficially compelling but heavy-handed book about gang culture, narrator DeShawn faces tough circumstances and limited choices. Readers first meet DeShawn as a smart 12-year-old with potential; four years later, he is a gang member in charge of operations at his housing project. While the story has a Law and Order — type drama, it also runs on clich: the determined grandmother, the star-crossed love, the jealous second-in-command, the concerned cop and the teacher who reaches out knowing his offer will be rejected. The plot serves the author's agenda, which Strasser (Give a Boy a Gun) puts in plain sight: he opens each section with a statistic plus a rap lyric, and his foreword and last chapter argue that 'significant numbers of American citizens — mostly minorities, and many living in impoverished inner-city areas — are doomed to fail.' Given that Strasser's foreword explicitly defines himself and his audience as more privileged than his characters ('we forget that millions of inner-city denizens are just like us'), it's hard to escape the feeling that his story is more well-meaning than authentic. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , An award-winning author looks at the gang life in the projects in this gripping, powerful novel that focuses on a growing issue affecting the lives of thousands of teens every day. An Author's Note provides information on gang-prevention Web sites and resources.
"Synopsis" by , "WHEN YOU GREW UP IN THE PROJECTS, THERE WERE NO CHOICES. NO GOOD ONES, AT LEAST."

In the Frederick Douglass Project where DeShawn lives, daily life is ruled by drugs and gang violence. Many teenagers drop out of school and join gangs, and every kid knows someone who died. Gunshots ring out on a regular basis.

DeShawn is smart enough to know he should stay in school and keep away from the gangs. But while his friends have drug money to buy fancy sneakers and big-screen TVs, DeShawn's family can barely afford food for the month. How can he stick to his principles when his family is hungry?

In this gritty novel about growing up in the inner city, award-winning author Todd Strasser opens a window into the life of a teenager struggling with right and wrong under the ever-present shadow of gangs.

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