Wednesday, March 25, 2009

If I Grow Up

If I Grow Up by Todd Strasser
Growing up in the inner-city projects, DeShawn is reluctantly forced into the gang world by circumstances beyond his control. Strasser has a website here. Here's a comment about the book from Richie's Picks: "A hell of a story for all of us who have no clue as to what kind of daily lives these young people in the projects experience, and how their dreams are beaten down."


Booklist said...

...Tough, authentic. Startling true statistics, and the final pages are both hopeful and heartbreaking.

Readingjunky said...

I'm reading this one to my 8th graders right now. We are a tiny rural district in southeast Michigan, so they are hearing about a place far different than what they know. They are loving the book and asking for others like it. I know of some, but do you have any suggestions?