After Tupac and D Foster

After Tupac and D Foster

Book - 2008
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In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2008
ISBN: 9780399246548
0399246541
Branch Call Number: YA F WOO

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JCLBeckyC Apr 13, 2019

Woodson’s account of two years in the life of three tween girls from Queens feels more like an invitation to a block party than what it could have easily become in the hands of a less skillful writer: just another didactic issues novel written for young people. It’s fascinating and funny, universal and unique. This enjoyable read breaks racial stereotypes, focusing on the importance of friends, family, and community. Highly recommended.

LPL_RebeccaR Nov 11, 2018

This tiny Newbery award winning novel covers some serious ground! It is story about friendship that follows three girls coming of age in the Bronx at time when Tupac Shakur was all over the radio. In addition to weaving an emotional story contrasting unconditional love and abandonment, Woodson’s beautiful prose gives voice to important topics like the foster care system, prisons, homosexuality, fame, and the criminal justice system all through the lens of race and the experiences of three families of color. It is a quick read, but will leave you with so much to think about.

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anitalee6923
Feb 23, 2018

Very positive and sad at the same time.

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Starpoem
Nov 22, 2017

This book is very positive and inspiring, which you might not expect in light of the subject matter. The main character experiences a double-whammy loss: right around the time that her hero Tupac dies, her close friend D moves away. But as she reflects on these losses, she realizes that she has a lot of support from her family, friends, and community. And, come what may, she still feels that the future holds hope. It's a sweet, uplifting book.

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Jcameron_0
Jul 18, 2016

This book was very interesting.

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green_frog_1288
Jun 26, 2014

every good

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BradyRhys
Apr 26, 2013

This is a great book for students ages 12 and up. This is a great story that talks about family , friendship, and the importance of a strong community. Readers will be able to relate to this because of how relevant these issues still are today. And the use of Tupac is great as well.

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Nancy J Mata
Apr 23, 2013

I do not recommend this book for children under 13, the book reflects on the lives of two best friends whom life is change by the acquisition of a new friend name D Foster. The new friend will open the girl’s eyes to a world of rap music and Tupac Shakur a rapper from the nineties. Through music, the main characters will develop a new sense of their lives and how Tupac music relates to every struggle the girls go through in their personal lives. The book has references to crime, drugs, homosexuality and other topics that the parents need to study before reading it to children. This book has many life experiences making it a really good read, but not for young children.

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KLalala
Mar 19, 2013

I really enjoyed reading this book because it presents real life situations. This is a book that I feel teens should be introduced to and be required to read. It is a good read to let teens see what it is like to live in the real world without/with experience any of the situations.

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jazmjoh
Feb 24, 2013

I recommend this book for reading because of the realistic feeling that readers are able to get while connecting their real life situations to it. This literature allows readers to explore life that is different from their own. Tupac was a great legend, it is said that he caused several divisions in the real world, either you liked him and his creative art or either you despised him and didn't like what he stood for. Either way this book opens minds, possibilities and explores how to deal with difficult situations compared to the real world.This book addresses several real life issues that a lot of teens can relate to such as foster care, prison, racism and homophobic issues. It's an easy read piece of literature and there is so much life in this book.

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BradyRhys
Apr 26, 2013

BradyRhys thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 16

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Nancy J Mata
Apr 23, 2013

Nancy J Mata thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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KLalala
Mar 19, 2013

KLalala thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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jazmjoh
Feb 24, 2013

jazmjoh thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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BradyRhys
Apr 24, 2013

“Everyone’s got a purpose and it’s just that they gotta figure out what it is and then go have it.”

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Nancy J Mata
Apr 23, 2013

“She was our girl from the beginning”

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KLalala
Mar 19, 2013

"It's because we black and we kids and he's black and he's just a kid-even though he's twenty-three--and every single song he be singing is telling us a little bit more about what could happen to us and how the world really don't care..."

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jazmjoh
Feb 24, 2013

"And then it made sense to me - crazy-fast sense in a way it hadn't before. D walked out of her own life each time she stepped into one of those other places. She got off the bus or walked up out of the subway and her life disappeared, got replaced by that new place, those new strangers - like big pink erasers." pg 18

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BradyRhys
Apr 26, 2013

This is a compelling story about three 11 year old girls living in Queens, New York who experience a variety of changes in their lives as they progress from childhood to womanhood. The two girls, Neeka and the narrator, meet D Foster who changes their world as they listen to the lyrics of the motivational artist known as Tupac. Together these girls grow up together helping each other out just like all good friends do.

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KLalala
Mar 19, 2013

This book is an informative book for children to learn to be a follower before a leader. Three friends come a long way from following the strong influences Tupac had on their lives.

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jazmjoh
Feb 24, 2013

This book is about 3 young girls that become friends. D is a foster child who has different privileges than the other 2 girls such as being able to roam. These girls become closer as the books goes on because of their connection to Tupac. Tupac influences them to get things together and D finds peace within herself after Tupac surviving from a shooting. D soon leaves the girls to go back with her mother which is around the time Tupac is shot a second time and dies. The girls have lost their biggest idol.

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