Synopses & Reviews
Growing up on the rough streets of Newark, New Jersey, Rameck, George,and Sampson could easily have followed their childhood friends into drug dealing, gangs, and prison. But when a presentation at their school made the three boys aware of the opportunities available to them in the medical and dental professions, they made a pact among themselves that they would become doctors. It took a lot of determination—and a lot of support from one another—but despite all the hardships along the way, the three succeeded. Retold with the help of an award-winning author, this younger adaptation of the adult hit novel The Pact is a hard-hitting, powerful, and inspirational book that will speak to young readers everywhere.
If you don't read any other book (besides mine), get this one! (Tavis Smiley)
A powerful message of hope. (Dallas Morning News)
Gripping, courageous, and inspiring. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"This is truly a life-changing book, one that shows that anything is possible...with a little help from our friends."James McBride, author of The Color of Water
and Miracle at St. Anna
"A powerful message of hope."Dallas Morning News
"Gripping, courageous, and inspiring."Philadelphia Inquirer
"After you've read it, pass it on...The Pact is a book that should never end up on a shelf because it is probably the most important book for African-American families that has been written since the protest era...Besides their personal stories, the doctors share practical steps that can be useful to a circle of friends in making their own pact...Get The Pact. It just may change a teen's future."Chicago Sun-Times
"They are an inspiration to young people everywhere, and their message is one that can transform the world."Billy Cosby
Great book! — Frank Rich, NY Times
The true story of how three young men join forces to beat the odds and become doctors.
The New York Times bestseller. The true story of three African-American men who made a pact to survive the streets of Newark-and become doctors.
Filled with drama, courage, temptation, and ultimately, triumph, this is the uplifting story of three teenaged boys from broken homes in Newark, New Jersey, who pledged to support one another in realizing their dreams. Despite tremendous difficulties they faced, today two are doctors and one is a dentist.
Follows the experiences of the authors, three friends who grew up in impoverished families in Newark, New Jersey, and who supported one another in their dreams of becoming doctors in spite of tremendous disadvantages.
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
Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt grew up in broken homes in Newark, New Jersey, and both Davis and Hunt served time in juvenile detention centers. They enrolled in Seton Hall University's pre-med program together, and today Hunt is a physician at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ, while Jenkins is a dentist at New Jersey's University of Medicine and Dentistry and Davis is an emergency medicine physician at Newark's Beth Israel Medical Center.
Table of Contents
1. Dreaming Big
4. Common Ground
6. A Big Break
George on Peer Pressure
8. Summer Odyssey
9. Earth Angel
10. A Different World
Rameck on Giving Back
13. Access Med
14. Old Ties
16. Becoming Doctors
Sam on Perseverance
19. Home Again