A Newbery Honor Book The day D Foster enters Neeka and her best friend's lives, the world opens up for them. Suddenly they re keenly aware of things beyond their block in Queens, things that are happening in the world like the shooting of Tupac Shakur and in search of their Big Purpose in life. When all too soon D's mom swoops in to reclaim her, and Tupac dies, they are left with a sense of how quickly things can change and how even all-too-brief connections can touch deeply. Includes a Discussion Guideby Jacqueline Woodson
"A slender, note-perfect novel." The Washington Post "The subtlety and depth with which the author conveys the girls' relationships lend this novel exceptional vividness and staying power." "Publishers Weekly" "Jacqueline Woodson has written another absorbing story that all readers especially those who have felt the loss of a friendship will identify with." "Children's Literature"
"Woodson creates a thought-provoking story about the importance of acceptance and connections in life." "VOYA.
About the Author
Born on February 12th in Columbus, Ohio, Jacqueline Woodson grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York and graduated from college with a B.A. in English. She now writes full-time and has recently received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. Her other awards include a Newbery Honor, two Coretta Scott King awards, two National Book Award finalists, and the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize. Although she spends most of her time writing, Woodson also enjoys reading the works of emerging writers and encouraging young people to write, spending time with her friends and her family, and sewing. Jacqueline Woodson currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.