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Nate Whitely's life at a prestigious prep school in upstate New York takes him far from his Harlem home but not so far as to sever the strong bond he has to his neighborhood. Like his prep school friends, Nate is doing well academically and has his sights set on college. But complications from one life intrude into the other. His childhood friend Hustle won't give up his s ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 13th 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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In Brother Hood, Janet McDonald tells the modern-day story of Nate, torn between his boarding school friends and the family and friends still home in Harlem. In the very beginning of the book, she makes this obvious when Nate slips into a train station bathroom to change out of his school blazer and into the uniform of his Harlem friends – baggy jeans and a do-rag. His friends from home give him a hard time about attending a prep school full of rich kids, while they work the streets to make mone ...more
Janet McDonald was an American writer of young adult novels as well as the author of 'Project Girl', a memoir about her early life in the Brooklyn projects and struggle to achieve an Ivy League education. Her best known children's book is Spellbound, which tells the story of a teenaged mother who wins a spelling competition and a college scholarship. The book was named as the American Library Asso ...moreMore about Janet McDonald...