Book Read Standing Against the Wind by Traci L. Jones

Book Read Standing Against the Wind by Traci L. Jones

Standing Against the Wind

Patrice Williams was happy living in Georgia with her grandmother, who called her cocoa grandbaby Then her mother lured her to Chicago and ended up in jail Now Patrice lives with her Auntie Mae, and her new nickname is Puffy thanks to her giant poof of hair But Patrice s hair isn t the only reason she sticks out she cares about her grades and strives for the best Patrice Williams was happy living in Georgia with her grandmother, who called her cocoa grandbaby Then her mother lured her to Chicago and ended up in jail Now Patrice lives with her Auntie Mae, and her new nickname is Puffy thanks to her giant poof of hair But Patrice s hair isn t the only reason she sticks out she cares about her grades and strives for the best That s why Monty Freeman, another eighth grader who lives in the building, asks Patrice to tutor his little brother Even though Monty s friends make Patrice uneasy, Monty himself is friendly, confident, and surprisingly smart When he becomes her guardian angel, Patrice begins to think something stronger than friendship might be growing between them Still, nothing will stop her from applying for a scholarship at prestigious Dogwood Academy her ticket out of the project and a school populated by gangs and drug runners In her debut novel, Traci L Jones presents a girl with grit she never knew she had, and a boy so inspired by her that he begins to take pride in his own abilities Standing Against the Wind is a 2007 Bank Street Best Children s Book of the Year and the winner of the 2007 Coretta Scott King John Steptoe New Talent Award

Title : Standing Against the Wind
Author :  Traci L. Jones
Language : English
Isbn : 0374371741
Format : Hardcover
Pages : 192 pages

Rating: 4.8

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