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Harlem Hustle

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Hustles personal Harlem was sorely in need of a renaissance. For him, it was the place where a scared kid named Eric Samson had been ditched by druggy parents and dismissed by frustrated teachers.

 

Abandoned to the streets to raise himself, Eric Samson knows life wont be easy, beginning with the choices he must make. The fast cash of the streets still tempts him, but the threat of getting locked up – again – is daunting. Maybe Erics way out is as Harlem Hustle, the rapper he dreams of being. At his side is Manley “Ride” Freeman, surrogate brother and best friend. And Jeannette Simpson, the college-bound “round-the-way” girl he hopes will be more than a friend. But does Eric have the strength to leave the familiar street life behind and the courage to reach for his dream?

 

In her companion to Brother Hood, Janet McDonald once again captures the rhythms of Harlem in this fast, funny story of a restless teenager who uses the power of words to rise above it all.

Janet McDonald (1953-2007) was the author of three books set in the Brooklyn projects: Chill Wind, for which she received the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent; Spellbound, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Twists and Turns, an ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and lived in Paris, France.
Hustles personal Harlem was sorely in need of a renaissance. For him, it was the place where a scared kid named Eric Samson had been ditched by druggy parents and dismissed by frustrated teachers.

Abandoned to the streets to raise himself, Eric Samson knows life wont be easy, beginning with the choices he must make. The fast cash of the streets still tempts him, but the threat of getting locked up—again—is daunting. Maybe Erics way out is as Harlem Hustle, the rapper he dreams of being. At his side is Manley “Ride” Freeman, surrogate brother and best friend. And Jeannette Simpson, the college-bound “round-the-way” girl he hopes will be more than a friend. But does Eric have the strength to leave the familiar street life behind and the courage to reach for his dream?

In her companion to Brother Hood, Janet McDonald once again captures the rhythms of Harlem in this fast, funny story of a restless teenager who uses the power of words to rise above it all.

"In this wonderful novel about the hip-hop lifestyle, both its savory and unsavory aspects, McDonald once again strikes gold. She takes readers on a journey with Eric Hustle Samson, 17, in his search for money and fame. Abandoned by his druggy parents, not in school, on probation, taken in by a friend's family, and hustling for money by shoplifting, the teen dreams of becoming a successful rapper known as Harlem Hustle. True, he has talent, but what he doesn't have is a real sense of who he is. What he does have, though, is a couple of friends and some other people who care about him. The author nails the hip-hop lingo and the street slang, and her characters strike just the right attitude. Along the way, she throws in a cultural-history lesson or two and lets the story take off. Young adults will love this book."—Carol Jones Collins, Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ, School Library Journal (starred review)
 
"Can a hardworking round-the-way girl from Brooklyn become good friends with a street-smart dropout from uptown? Jeannette Simpson and Eric Samson have every intention of finding out. They're not ruling out romance either, despite their different backgrounds. Jeannette attends an exclusive prep school and spends nights studying under her grandmother's watchful eye. Eric, a.k.a. 'Hustle,' has been on his own since he was a little kid. He has just given up a shoplifting career and now dreams of life as a rap superstar. The language in Harlem Hustle can be rough at times, but the author lightens things up with jokes and characters who talk like real people. The action moves from Eric's humble home to the posh parlors of the Upper East Side as he pursues his dream—and Jeannette. In time he learns that he doesn't have to be a gangsta to get the girl, and his rhymes change from haunted to hopeful: 'What if her smile was the trigga to why you dig her?/ what if a book was the trigga that made you think bigger?'"—Jabari Asim, The Washington Post's Book World
 
"'I'm on my own, I got nothin'. No family, no schoolin', no skills . . . This is probably my one shot, the one chance I might ever get in this messed up life.' Abandoned by his family and living with a friend in Harlem, Hustle has two talents—stealing and rapping—and since he has already done time for stealing, he is committed to becoming the next great rap artist. He gets noticed by Tony Motta, a high-profile Mafioso music producer whose threats of violence force Hustle to sell his best rap for a pittance and all but destroy his dream. Enter Spencer Adams Sr., the power behind the production company, who also manipulates Hustle under the guise of helping him. While Hustle navigates the streets and the music industry, he explores a tender romance with a girl whose grandmother despises all things ghetto . . . the novel is also filled with energy and rhythm. Hustle's reality, relayed in urban dialect, will appeal to teen readers, including the reluctant."—Holly Koelling, Booklist
 
"Filled with energy and rhythm.  Hustle's reality, relayed in urban dialect, will appeal to teen readers, including the reluctant."—Booklist
 
"McDonald's prose incorporates dynamic, realistic, direct dialogue.  Readers will enjoy witnessing the supposedly street-smart Hustle discover how little he really knows about the world and himself."—VOYA
 
"An inspiring and uplifting, not to mention funny, read."The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Synopsis:

In her companion to "Brother Hood," McDonald once again captures the rhythms of Harlem in this fast, funny story of a restless teenager who uses the power of words to rise above it all.In her companion to "Brother Hood," McDonald once again captures the rhythms of Harlem in this fast, funny story of a restless teenager who uses the power of words to rise above it all.

Synopsis:

Hustle's personal Harlem was sorely in need of a renaissance. For him, it was the place where a scared kid named Eric Samson had been ditched by druggy parents and dismissed by frustrated teachers.

 

Abandoned to the streets to raise himself, Eric Samson knows life won't be easy, beginning with the choices he must make. The fast cash of the streets still tempts him, but the threat of getting locked up - again - is daunting. Maybe Eric's way out is as Harlem Hustle, the rapper he dreams of being. At his side is Manley "Ride" Freeman, surrogate brother and best friend. And Jeannette Simpson, the college-bound "round-the-way" girl he hopes will be more than a friend. But does Eric have the strength to leave the familiar street life behind and the courage to reach for his dream?

 

In her companion to Brother Hood, Janet McDonald once again captures the rhythms of Harlem in this fast, funny story of a restless teenager who uses the power of words to rise above it all.

About the Author

JANET MCDONALD (1953-2007) is the author of three books set in the Brooklyn projects: Chill Wind, for which she received the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent; Spellbound, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Twists and Turns, an ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and lived in Paris, France.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374371845
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Subject:
Harlem (new york, n.y.)
Author:
McDonald, Janet
Subject:
Rap (music)
Subject:
Performing Arts - General
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20121030
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.45 in
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

Related Subjects

Children's » General
Children's » Performing Arts » Music
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Adolescence
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Self-Esteem and Self-Reliance

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"Synopsis" by , In her companion to "Brother Hood," McDonald once again captures the rhythms of Harlem in this fast, funny story of a restless teenager who uses the power of words to rise above it all.In her companion to "Brother Hood," McDonald once again captures the rhythms of Harlem in this fast, funny story of a restless teenager who uses the power of words to rise above it all.
"Synopsis" by ,
Hustle's personal Harlem was sorely in need of a renaissance. For him, it was the place where a scared kid named Eric Samson had been ditched by druggy parents and dismissed by frustrated teachers.

 

Abandoned to the streets to raise himself, Eric Samson knows life won't be easy, beginning with the choices he must make. The fast cash of the streets still tempts him, but the threat of getting locked up - again - is daunting. Maybe Eric's way out is as Harlem Hustle, the rapper he dreams of being. At his side is Manley "Ride" Freeman, surrogate brother and best friend. And Jeannette Simpson, the college-bound "round-the-way" girl he hopes will be more than a friend. But does Eric have the strength to leave the familiar street life behind and the courage to reach for his dream?

 

In her companion to Brother Hood, Janet McDonald once again captures the rhythms of Harlem in this fast, funny story of a restless teenager who uses the power of words to rise above it all.

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