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If I Grow Up

If I Grow Up

In his latest gripping novel with a plot pulled from the headlines, the acclaimed author of Give a Boy a Gun focuses on the pervasive but underreported problem of gang violence, in this eye-opening portrait of life in the projects.

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ISBN 9781416994435
Barcode 9781416994435
Published 23 February 2010 by Simon & Schuster
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Strasser, Todd
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ISBN-13 9781416994435
ISBN-10 1416994432
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Imprint Simon & Schuster Children's
Publication Date 23 February 2010
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Strasser, Todd
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Personal Awareness: Safety Matters
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 137mm
Height: 206mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 206g
Interest Age Children
Reading Age Children
Library of Congress Poverty, African Americans, Inner cities, Gangs, Violence
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 86351

Description of this Book

WHEN YOU GREW UP IN THE PROJECTS, THERE WERE NO CHOICES. NO GOOD ONES, AT LEAST. In the Frederick Douglass Project where DeShawn lives, daily life is ruled by drugs and gang violence. Many teenagers drop out of school and join gangs, and every kid knows someone who died. Gunshots ring out on a regular basis.DeShawn is smart enough to know he should stay in school and keep away from the gangs. But while his friends have drug money to buy fancy sneakers and big-screen TVs, DeShawn's family can barely afford food for the month. How can he stick to his principles when his family is hungry?In this gritty novel about growing up in the inner city, award-winning author Todd Strasser opens a window into the life of a teenager struggling with right and wrong under the ever-present shadow of gangs.

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Author's Bio

Todd Strasser has written many critically acclaimed novels for adults, teenagers, and children, including the award-winning Can't Get There from Here, Give a Boy a Gun, Boot Camp, If I Grow Up, Famous, and How I Created My Perfect Prom Date, which became the Fox feature film Drive Me Crazy. Todd lives in a suburb of New York and speaks frequently at schools. Visit him at ToddStrasser.com.

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