After Tupac & D FosterBook - 2008
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. D comes from a world vastly different from their safe Queens neighborhood, and through her, the girls see another side of life that includes loss, foster families and an amount of freedom that makes the girls envious. Although all of them are crazy about Tupac Shakur's rap music, D is the one who truly understands the place where he's coming from, and through knowing D, Tupac's lyrics become more personal for all of them.
The girls are thirteen when D's mom swoops in to reclaim D--and as magically as she appeared, she now disappears from their lives. Tupac is gone, too, after another shooting; this time fatal. As the narrator looks back, she sees lives suspended in time, and realizes that even all-too-brief connections can touch deeply.
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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... Read More »
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“Everyone’s got a purpose and it’s just that they gotta figure out what it is and then go have it.”
"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..."
"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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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.
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.
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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