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Standing Against the Wind Hardcover – September 5, 2006

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Grade 7-9–A housing project, an incarcerated parent, and other elements of inner-city life form the backdrop for this story about eighth-grader Patrice. She has been uprooted from Georgia and the beloved grandmother who raised her, and is struggling to accept her difficult life, handle the bitter Chicago winter, and stay ahead of the group of boys who taunt her when her principal asks her to apply for a scholarship to a prestigious African-American boarding school in Mississippi. Stories of hope, loyalty, and success such as this one are valuable for letting all kids see themselves in books and for fighting the endless stereotypes that surround them. It's unfortunate that the writing isn't more even and polished, rather than utilitarian with a tendency to tell, not show. Despite this, girls will appreciate the strength that underlies Patrice's quiet and unassuming exterior and will cheer for her and for Monty, the cool guy who is inspired by her willingness to be different. Decent characterization, together with a worthwhile topic, makes this a title to consider.–Faith Brautigam, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL
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Gr. 6-9. In the tradition of Janet McDonald, this moving first novel tells a hopeful story of Patrice, a shy, studious teen who beats the odds in her grim inner-city neighborhood. Patrice, who lives with her aunt, never knew her dad and barely met her mom, who is in jail. When she gets a chance to win a scholarship to a prestigious African American boarding school, pressures in her aunt's home and on the streets threaten to pull her down--until Monty, a gang leader, protects her and loves her. Monty is too saintly to be credible: tender with Patrice and with his little brother, totally supportive, and patient as he waits for her to kiss him. But the harshness of Patrice's daily life is always there--guys who try to fondle her, her promiscuous older sister, Monty's dad in jail, and so many classmates who are pregnant. Handled without obscenity, the lively street talk will draw readers to the gripping story of a contemporary kid who works to make her dreams come true. Link this to McDonald's Twists and Turns (2003) and to Rita Williams Garcia's Fast Talk on a Slow Track (1991). Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); First Edition edition (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374371741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374371746
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,099,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
What I mainly want to say is how great it would be if there were a sequel to this wonderful book. Because I came to care so much about Patrice, because I stayed up too late reading when things looked grim for her, because I wanted to know what she did next, with her new friendships, new strength, new achievements. A truly memorable read.
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This book is awesome. I am a 5th grade Reading teacher and my students and I read this book. Almost every student finished it over the weekend, they said they couldn't put the book down. During our "book talk" after we finished reading the book, every students wanted to participate, even the students who don't normally participate. My students and I are waiting for the next book by this talented author.
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Overall it wasn't that bad or that good, but the ending it's kind of expected. The writer should've added that Monty Freeman also accomplished the same as Patrice. That is, he should've gotten a Scholarship as well. Yo le doy tres estrellas.***
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Format: Hardcover
Traci L. Jones earns a well-deserved Coretta Scott King Award for her first novel Standing Against the Wind. Weaving the theme of hope with finding strength and courage in oneself, Jones invites her reader to share an emotional chapter in the life of protagonist Patrice Williams. Chapter 1 finds Patrice having been uprooted from the warmth of her grandmother's Georgian home and deposited with her Auntie Mae in winter-blasted Chicago while her mother serves time in prison. In Jones' modernized and urbanized Cinderella tale, Patrice feels she must ease the additional financial burden her presence adds by cooking, cleaning, and watching her young cousins for her aunt. Although Auntie Mae is no evil stepmother, she is far from nurturing and expects Patrice to earn her keep. Patrice's dream of escape appears in the form of an opportunity to attend the academically elite Dogwood Academy--one of the nation's finest predominantly African American boarding schools--if she can win one of the three coveted scholarships. Patrice must find the strength and courage to face challenges that threaten to crush her spirit--feeling displaced, ugly, small, overwhelmed, fearful, let-down, and helpless. Help unexpectedly comes in the form of Monty, an eighth-grade gang member turned prince charming.

The plot is captivating, the setting realistic, and Traci L. Jones' language is rich and full of imagery. The metaphorical pictures Jones paints, ranging from mythical dragons to junkyard dogs, are treats for the reader's imagination (and an imagery wonderland for reading teachers). Some young readers (5th or 6th graders), however, may find one chapter of the book in which Patrice is sexually harassed unsettling. Another unsettling issue involves both Patrice and Monty.
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This was a great read for my daughter and I. It's a very well written story about deterimination. Patrice was not letting anything get in her way, she wanted more for herself than fancy clothes, nice hair do and having a boyfriend like the other girls. Although she lived in a harsh environment, she was going to achieve her dream despite all the forces that tried to knock her down. I love the fact that Patrice was focus, and nothing was going to get in her way, she wanted desperatly to get out of her situation. A great message to send out to all young readers.
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