After Tupac and D Foster
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After Tupac and D Foster

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A Newbery Honor Book

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature The day D Foster enters Neeka and her best friend's lives, the world opens up for them. Suddenly they're keenly aware of things beyond their block in Queens, things that are happening in the world--like the shooting of Tupac Shakur--and in search of their Big Purpose in life. When--all too soon--D's mom swoops in to reclaim her, and Tupac dies, they are left with a sense of how quickly things can change and how even all-too-brief connections can touch deeply. Includes a Discussion Guide by Jacqueline Woodson "A slender, note-perfect novel."--The Washington Post "The subtlety and depth with which the author conveys the girls' relationships lend this novel exceptional vividness and staying power."--Publishers Weekly "Jacqueline Woodson has written another absorbing story that all readers--especially those who have felt the loss of a friendship--will identify with."--Children's Literature

"Woodson creates a thought-provoking story about the importance of acceptance and connections in life."--VOYA
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 153 pages
  • 137.16 x 205.74 x 12.7mm | 158.76g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142413992
  • 9780142413999
  • 575,429

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"A slender, note-perfect novel."--The Washington Post "The subtlety and depth with which the author conveys the girls' relationships lend this novel exceptional vividness and staying power."--Publishers Weekly "Jacqueline Woodson has written another absorbing story that all readers--especially those who have felt the loss of a friendship--will identify with."--Children's Literature "Woodson creates a thought-provoking story about the importance of acceptance and connections in life."--VOYA
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About Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson (www.jacquelinewoodson.com) is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, and she received the 2018 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. She is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir BROWN GIRL DREAMING, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP Image Award and the Sibert Honor Award. Woodson was recently named the Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Her recent adult book, Another Brooklyn, was a National Book Award finalist. Born on February 12th in Columbus, Ohio, Jacqueline Woodson grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York and graduated from college with a B.A. in English. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a four-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her books include THE OTHER SIDE, EACH KINDNESS, Caldecott Honor Book COMING ON HOME SOON; Newbery Honor winners FEATHERS, SHOW WAY, and AFTER TUPAC AND D FOSTER, and MIRACLE'S BOYS--which received the LA Times Book Prize and the Coretta Scott King Award and was adapted into a miniseries directed by Spike Lee. Jacqueline is also the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature, the winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and was the 2013 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.
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Woodson\'s engrossing story contains a lot of big issues, but the main theme is about friendship, and how unexpected changes come into our lives as we are touched by others. AFTER TUPAC & D FOSTER is a tension-filled story of how two twelve-year-old girls meet an outsider and become friends with her. \"D\" is a foster child, and has adopted \"Foster\" as her last name. Abandoned by her mother, D Foster is searching for something that is missing in her life...perhaps a sense of belonging and permanence. The other two girls begin to explore the city with her, all of them searching for their \"Big Purpose\" in life. All the girls have their own set of family issues, and their own approach to solving these problems. All three girls are great fans of the rapper, Tupac Shakur, and are dismayed when he is shot. They examine the meaning of his rap lyrics as they apply to their lives as African-Americans living in Queens, New York, and find that they have much in common with his ideas. When D\'s birth mother shows up to reclaim her daughter and take her out of the lives of the other two girls, you can\'t help but hope that her life will be better this time -- while fearing that it will be a rerun of her past history. Racism, homosexuality, and incarceration are touched upon in this slice-of-life story. Every teen can find something to relate to in this emotional story of how teens cope with life. There isn\'t a great deal of suspense, but Ms. Woodson\'s writing style is absorbing, and makes you wish the story was longer. It does give you cause to reflect on how your own friends and acquaintances have changed your life.show more
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