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Hip-Hop High School Hardcover – April 2, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Jump At The Sun; First Edition, First Printing edition (April 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786855150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786855155
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,722,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up–In this sequel to The Hoopster (Hyperion, 2005), readers meet Andre's younger sister. As Theresa makes her way through the racial hotbed of her poverty-stricken L.A. high school, she keeps her eyes on her goal: admission to USC. Devon, a fellow academic in hip-hop clothing, takes her under his wing and they work like fiends to learn all they will need to know to ace their SATs. Then Devon's Harvard hopes are dashed when he is shot in a street fight before he is able to send in his application. With several improbable twists, both Devon and Theresa are admitted to the universities of their dreams. The language in this book is discomfiting. All of the words are familiar (dat, wuzzup, dang), but somehow the dialogue does not ring true. This is highlighted by the insulting lack of sophistication given to Theresa's inner dialogue. When compared to authors who use cultural dialect to great effect, such as Zora Neale Hurston or Janet McDonald, Sitomer's language seems contrived. McDonald, Sharon Flake, and Sharon Draper are better bets for inner-city kids conquering obstacles.–Morgan Johnson-Doyle, Sierra High School, Colorado Springs, CO
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From Booklist

Gr. 10-12. This sequel to The Hoopster (2005) is narrated by Theresa Anderson, the younger sister of that book's protagonist. Bright and ambitious, Theresa, known as Tee-Ay at her "hip-hop high school," also plays by the social rules, rapping in ghetto slang and trying hard not to "act white": "If you talk too proper, you might get jumped." Covering Tee-Ay's experiences from the start of tenth grade through graduation, the primary focus here is on Tee-Ay's academic life and on her friendships with selfish, mercurial Cee-Saw and thoughtful Sonia Rodriguez. A handful of young men also play parts, including Rickee Dunston, the low-integrity football god, and in greater measure, Devon Hampton, the school scholar. Although Sitomer explores the realities and challenges of urban African American adolescence, he strikes a fair balance between serious issues and more lighthearted fare, writing in a smart, conversational voice loaded with wit, rhythm, and energy. Some exaggerated characters and a fairly implausible ending do little to mar the pleasure of spending time with the dynamic and lovable Tee-Ay. Holly Koelling
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More About the Author

Alan Lawrence Sitomer is California's 2007 Teacher of the Year. In addition to being an inner-city high school English teacher and former professor in the Graduate School of Education at Loyola Marymount University, Mr. Sitomer is a nationally renowned speaker specializing in engaging reluctant readers who received the 2004 award for Classroom Excellence from the Southern California Teachers of English and the 2003 Teacher of the Year honor from California Literacy. In April 2007, Alan was named Educator of the Year by Loyola Marymount University and in February 2008 The Insight Education Group named Alan Lawrence Sitomer the Innovative Educator of the Year.

Mr. Sitomer has also authored four young adult novels published by Disney, which include The Hoopster, Hip-Hop High School, Homeboyz and The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez.

The American Library Association named Homeboyz a Top Ten Book of the Year 2008, receiving the prestigious ALA Quick Pick Recognition for young adult novel which best engages reluctant readers. The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez was also been nominated for the same award.

Alan is the author of Hip-Hop Poetry & the Classics, a text being used in classrooms across the United States to illuminate classic poetry through hip-hop in order to engage disengaged students in both poetry and academics.

Additionally, Mr. Sitomer has just written a teacher's methodology book for Scholastic titled Teaching Teens & Reaping Results: In a Wi-Fi, Hip-Hop, Where-Has-All-The-Sanity-Gone World.

Most recently, Mr. Sitomer has authored The Alan Sitomer BookJam.

BookJams have been designed to nail core language arts standards, raise test scores, and return teachers to a position of strength. By bringing real books back into the classroom through a student-centric approach to learning in order to achieve core curriculum objectives, teachers can utilize all the tools Alan utilizes in his own classroom each and every day. BookJams are literally "straight out of Alan's private filing cabinet" and include a host of core, standards-based activities and lesson plans as well as a dynamic spectrum of 21st-century, hands-on learning projects. Intelligent grading rubrics, differentiated assessments and award-winning literature are all included.

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He writes an engaging story, with realistic characters.
The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
Note: Although this is listed above as grades 9+, many of my 8th-grade students have read and enjoyed it.
TeensReadToo
Great sequel to Hoopster, not your traditional trashy young adult African American text.
Jeanine E. Rainey

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on January 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Meet Theresa Anderson, known to her friends as Tee-Ay. Alan Lawrence Sitomer has captured Tee-Ay's struggle to survive high school and make it to college, and at the same time deal with some serious issues -- drive-by shootings, discrimination, and poverty. HIP-HOP HIGH SCHOOL presents big-city teens with big-city problems in a realistic, yet positive and inspiring story.

As a sophomore, Tee-Ay is finding it difficult to measure up to her older brother, Andre. (His story is told in Sitomer's The Hoopster). He is attending Stanford, and Tee-Ay thinks it would be great to be accepted at USC someday so she could tease Andre when USC kicks Stanford in football. Attending a top-notch university seems like a pretty lofty goal, but Tee-Ay is willing to fight for it.

The story takes Tee-Ay and her fellow classmates through 10th, 11th, and 12th grade to graduation. Along the way she watches one friend, Cee-Saw, become pregnant and drop out, and another almost lose sight of her goals due to family obligations. One positive force in Tee-Ay's life is Devon, who helps her tap into her true potential as they study together for the dreaded SAT -- their ticket to a brighter future.

Sitomer uses hip-hop language to create vivid characters that grab the reader and carry them through right to the end. Big-city teens will be able to relate to the situations, and more sheltered teens will be transported to a world beyond their own.

Note: Although this is listed above as grades 9+, many of my 8th-grade students have read and enjoyed it. In fact, when several of them saw me reading it, they immediately commented about how much they liked it. So many other students are requesting it now, we will probably need to hold some sort of lottery to determine the next reader.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed reading this, but after finishing it, I couldn't help but feel like it was the book equivalent of an "After School Special".

There were all the stock types--the tough on the outside but caring teacher, the best friend who gets into trouble, the brainy, not so flashy guy who turns out to be the ideal boyfriend, etcetera, etcetera. And let's not forget the would be rap star who ends up bagging groceries, to teach the kids a good moral lesson about why they should stay in school!

And then of course, we have to have a happy, happy ending where Tee gets the guy, the car, the college acceptance AND her mother's approval.

Kids will enjoy this. But I've read far, far better stuff.
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As a teacher in a low performing school district in Miami forced to teach this tripe (to high-school students, mind you), I can honestly say that Mr. Sitomer's work is the worst thing to happen to urban education since No Child Left Behind. The dialogue is pathetically untrue and and feels like cleaned-up, after-school-special "ghetto dialogue." It also manages to teach children that you can maintain a low B average and somehow get into universities with acceptance rates in the single-digits/teens, and while this book may hook a few lower-level readers out of pure shock value, its misinformation (i.e. the college stuff) will ultimately make them less intelligent and less informed than before they opened the cover. Most mid-to-upper level readers in your classes will simply laugh at the 90's-style dialogue that feels straight out of a bad Spike Lee movie and no doubt feel the whole "you're trying too hard to appeal to a young black demographic you can never fully sympathize with" vibe any teacher would garner upon reading it.

This book is simply modern-day blacksploitation in the Foxy Brown, 70's jive-talkin' sense of the term, as are all of this man's books. Of particular umbrage I take at this book, is how he manages to embed his Latino characters and their families with every Mexican-American derogatory stereotype that is usually reserved for the intelligence level found in white supremacists websites. The whole, "that's a good word to know for the SAT" asides by the narrator interrupt the contrived plot with all the subtlety and usefulness of a freeway semi collision. I can go on and on but what's the point?
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By Stephanie on July 14, 2013
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The book was great! Especially the ending..! I don't want to spoil the book for anyone, but Tee-Ay should of slapped some sense into Cee-Saw.
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Great sequel to Hoopster, not your traditional trashy young adult African American text. Will be using this in the fall with my students. It's full of many themes and topics both black and latino youth face daily. Easy read and very inspiring.
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