Fast Talk On A Slow Track

Mass Market Paperback | December 1, 1998

byRita Williams-garcia

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Denzel Watson is a fast talker with a system, and it's made him valedictorian. But when he goes to a summer program at Princeton, he takes a fall. How can he tell his proud family that he won't be able to cut it in the Ivy League? Instead, he spends the rest of the summer selling candy, up against "Top Man" Mello, a drop-out with a police record. For the first time, Denzel is forced to take a hard look at himself -- and how much further he could fall."Williams-Garcia confronts some crucial issues that are generally ignored in YA fiction: issues of class and race, friendship and competition, identity and failure." -- Booklist"Teens everywhere will be able to identify and commiserate with Denzel." School Library Journal, starred review

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Denzel Watson is a fast talker with a system, and it's made him valedictorian. But when he goes to a summer program at Princeton, he takes a fall How can he tell his proud family that he won't be able to cut it in the Ivy League? Instead, he spends the rest of the summer selling candy, up against "Top Man" Mello, a drop-out with a poli...

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Denzel Watson is a fast talker with a system, and it's made him valedictorian. But when he goes to a summer program at Princeton, he takes a fall. How can he tell his proud family that he won't be able to cut it in the Ivy League? Instead, he spends the rest of the summer selling candy, up against "Top Man" Mello, a drop-out with a po...

Rita Williams-Garcia (born 1957) is an American writer of young adult novels. She won the 2011 Newbery Honor Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction for her book, One Crazy Summer. She has also won the PEN/Norma Klein Award, and her book, P.S. Be Eleven, won the Coretta Scott King Award in...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.2 × 4.4 × 0.6 inPublished:December 1, 1998Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141302313

ISBN - 13:9780141302317

Appropriate for ages: 12 - 12

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Denzel Watson is a fast talker with a system, and it's made him valedictorian. But when he goes to a summer program at Princeton, he takes a fall How can he tell his proud family that he won't be able to cut it in the Ivy League? Instead, he spends the rest of the summer selling candy, up against "Top Man" Mello, a drop-out with a police record. For the first time, Denzel is forced to take a hard look at himself -- and how much further he could fall.