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Gr 8 Up-Wes Moore-two different people from the same area with the same name. One graduated with honors from military school and was the first African American graduate of Johns Hopkins to become a Rhodes Scholar. The other Wes Moore landed in prison; he is serving a life sentence for murder. Both men were children of single mothers who worked hard to keep their sons out of trouble and keep food on the table. Why and where did their paths diverge? In 2010, the author wrote of his experiences and successes in The Other Wes Moore (Spiegel & Grau, 2010), and he has now adapted that book for teen readers. He talks of his own accomplishments and life experiences as a kid who might have gone astray had his mother not sent him to Valley Forge. While he was at Oxford, his mother told him of the other young man, and he never quite forgot about him. He started writing him letters, and, surprisingly, Wes responded from prison. The two men struck up a rapport that continued through letters and visits to the prison. This book is well written and is an interesting and engaging story, although it is a bit rushed, at times. It's a thought-provoking read that will cause teens to question their own lives and decisions, and, hopefully, show how adults can lend help, even when they think it's not necessary.-Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library, ORα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The title of this memoir isn’t a metaphor; it’s an astonishing fact. In a poor Bronx 1980s neighborhood, Moore’s single-parent mom worked multiple jobs so that he could attend private school, and she raged about his low grades as he tried to fit into both worlds. (“I was ashamed of being embarrassed about my own home.”) After he narrowly escapes prison, she sends him to military school, and at 15, he becomes the youngest sergeant in the entire corps; at 16, a paratrooper. His hero is Colin Powell. But then Wes discovers, literally, another Wes Moore, who is like his double. This Wes, who grew up in the ’hood, dealt drugs, and spent time in juvie, wanted to quit dealing and support his kids, but he ended up shooting a cop and received a life sentence in prison, where the author visits him. The messages are loud and purposeful but never simple, and readers will recognize the scary truth: “his story could have been mine.” Great for group discussion, this includes a final resource list and photographs. Grades 7-12. --Hazel Rochman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ember; 8.11.2013 edition (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385741685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385741682
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcus on November 23, 2014
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As a 12 year old it was important to read that your environment does not define you. I found the book to be inspiring. I acknowledge that although one makes mistakes it takes wisdom to take responsibility and what follows is a call for action. My mother always says "with awareness comes action."
I enjoyed the book very much
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By boss man on July 16, 2013
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it was the best book i have ever read kuyrytiu7to87tlitliut ;oiu oy poy oiu o yp98y p8y i8y o78t o87 6
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane Steiner on November 30, 2014
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Beautiful and inspiring story that my classes loved.
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By lashawn on April 20, 2014
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This book was great! My 13 yr old joined a book club at her school and this was the 1st book the Principal introduced. After hearing from my daughter about the first 3 chapters, I became intrigued so downloaded the book myself, read it along with her and she and I discussed each chapter daily.
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By Jarett Jacobs on November 13, 2013
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I thought it gave a deep insight to the parts of society nobody really considers important. I definitely think more young people should read this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pauline on December 30, 2012
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'The Other Wes Moore' is an amazing novel. While meant for young adults, this version lost something without the juxtaposition of both Wes Moores. I think the older students, who would get the most from this novel, should read the original.
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By Michelle Jones on October 19, 2014
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A great book for any young person struggling to find their way. It speaks to the realities that many youth live.
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