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We beat the street : how a friendship pact led to success
Davis, Sampson.
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Publication Information:
New York : Puffin Books, 2006.

Physical Description:
194 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Growing up on the rough streets of Newark, New Jersey, Rameck, George and Sampson could easily have followed their childhood friends into drug dealing, gangs, and prison. But when a presentation at their school made the three boys aware of the opportunities available to them in the medical and dental professions, they made a pact among themselves that they would become doctors. It took a lot of determination-and a lot of support from one another--but despite all the hardships along the way, the three succeeded. Retold with the help of an award-winning author, this younger adaptation of the adult hit novel The Pact is a hard-hitting, powerful and inspirational book that will speak to young readers everywhere.
General Note:
First published in USA by Dutton Children's Books, 2005.
You don't have to cut my foot off, do you? -- Oh, man, you're in trouble again! -- Isn't that school in the ghetto? -- We're gonna jack us some icees from Jack's! -- How much do you need? -- Are you godzilla or king kong? -- Yeah, man. They say the driver's dead -- I don't even know anybody who went to college -- You kids are gonna get yourself killed --- What's up with that? You think you better than us? -- Sticky web of bright pink silly string across the astonished teacher's face -- I think we could all do this-three of us-together! -- If he dies, you get charged with attempted murder -- How do you plead? judge asked. guilty, your honor -- Not only had their sons survived, but they were heading to college -- It feels good, man. It's like doing push-ups with my brain! -- Boy's neck bent in an odd way, and his body fell limp -- Yo, yo, yo! check it out! check it out! -- For the first time since high school, the three of us won't be together -- Driving while black -- Sometimes you gotta fail in order to succeed -- To friends -- Shout-outs!
Reading Level:
860 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.8 7.0 87557.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.2 11 Quiz: 39490 Guided reading level: W.

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