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Standing Against the Wind

by Traci L. Jones

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) | September 5, 2006 | Hardcover

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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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 192 pages, 3.4 × 2.23 × 0.3 in

Published: September 5, 2006

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0374371741

ISBN - 13: 9780374371746

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Standing Against the Wind

by Traci L. Jones

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 192 pages, 3.4 × 2.23 × 0.3 in

Published: September 5, 2006

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0374371741

ISBN - 13: 9780374371746

About the Book

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.

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From Standing Against the Wind Most days, Patrice Williams really didn''t know which she liked least: walking home or actually getting there.             "Just two more blocks," she whispered to herself as she stood waiting for the light.             During the bitterly cold days of winter, the thirteen-year-old had gotten into the habit of counting the blocks until she was safe at home--safe from the freezing cold wind, safe from the nasty comments made by girls who had cut school and were always hanging out in front of the local drugstore, safe from the gang of boys who had all but quit school and who hung out in the broken-down playground in front of her building. They all seemed to have something mean to say about her.             "One more block." Patrice''s quick steps slowed as she noticed the gang of boys from her middle school gathered at the foot of the stairs in front of her building. She had hoped that Chicago ''s frigid cold would have driven them inside. But even in this weather they were assembled at the only unlocked entrance, attempting to make everyone else''s life miserable. They were talking and laughing, looking like teen dragons as the puffs of warm air from their mouths mixed with the clouds of cigarette smoke they blew nonchalantly. Those not smoking blew on their hands and rocked back and
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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.

About the Author

TRACI L. JONES lives with her husband and children in Denver, Colorado.

Editorial Reviews

"The gripping story of a contemporary kid who wants to make her dreams come true."  --Booklist
 
"Patrice is a true hero, a child who has the inner strength to overcome roadblocks to success.  Moving and thought-provoking."  --Kirkus Reviews
 
"Stories of hope, loyalty, and success such as this one are valuable."   --School Library Journal
 
"Patrice and Monty emerge as likable kids; readers can plug into their story at multiple levels."  --The Bulletin of the Center for Children''s Books
 
"This excellent first novel is quite memorable, and readers will be drawn into Patrice''s quiet but determined quest for a more promising future. A  highly recommended purchase for libraries serving middle and high school students."  --VOYA
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