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After Tupac and D Foster


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Jacqueline Woodson (www.jacquelinewoodson.com) is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, and she received the 2018 Children's Literature Legacy 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.


Gr 6-10-Susan Spain's sensitive narration captures the strong emotional nature of Jacqueline Woodson's Newbery Honor book (Putnam, 2008) about the friendship between young girls and how their lives are affected by the music and life of rapper Tupac Shakur. The unnamed narrator reminisces about her life when D Foster was an important, if brief presence, and Spain conveys both the joy of that time and the sense of loss that it is now gone. D, a foster child who has seen it all, best understands Tupac Shakur's music-"he sings about what I'm living." While she resonates strength with her independence, she also longs for the stability that Neeka's family represent. The girls seem older than 12, but their lives have been full of tragedy. Neeka's brother is in jail, the narrator has no father, and D has often been abandoned by her mother. Spain captures Neeka's false sophistication, D's wistful longing combined with world weariness, and the narrator's affection for both friends. She even gets the false confidence of Tash, Neeka's gay brother who is trying to put a good face on his incarceration. Each disc begins with a bit of rap rhythm, giving a strong emotional beat to the narration. This is a compelling story about a time when three girls became friends and mourned the loss of a singer who seemed to understand their lives almost better than they did.-Edith Ching, Washington Latin Public Charter School, DC Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

"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 "Woodson [has] created moments of humanity that the girls respond to with whole hearts. They wear innocence like polished armor, and it shines."--New York Times

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