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."

2 comments:

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?