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We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success

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Growing up on the rough streets of Newark, New Jersey, Rameck, George,and Sampson could easily have followed their childhood friends into drug dealing, gangs, and prison.  But when a presentation at their school made the three boys aware of the opportunities available to them in the medical and dental professions, they made a pact among themselves that they would become do ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 20th 2006 by Puffin Books (first published April 21st 2005)
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Mar 13, 2013 Sam rated it really liked it
    This book was called “We Beat the Street.” The writers were the three doctors, Dr. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt with Sharon M. Draper.  It was about three kids that grew up in the “hood.” A rough part of town where they saw killing, drugs, and all sorts of things that you usually do not see to often. These three kids were one of the smartest in his class but people told them that they were not suppose to show it because it made them look ‘dumb’. They had goals though once ...more
Heaven Griffin
Jun 29, 2009 Heaven Griffin rated it it was amazing
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Dimitra H.
Mar 16, 2013 Dimitra H. rated it liked it
We Beat the Street
The Three Doctors,
Sampson Davis
George Jenkins
Rameck Hunt
194 pages

Growing up on the rough streets of Newark, New Jersey, Rameck, George,and Sampson could easily have followed their childhood friends into drug dealing, gangs, and prison. But when a presentation at their school made the three boys aware of the opportunities available to them in the medical and dental feilds, they made a pact amongst themselves that they would go to collage and become doctors. It took a l
Apr 28, 2014 Godxkobe rated it it was amazing
The story We Beat the Streets by Sharon M. Draper is the remarkable true story of how three kids from bad neighborhoods that were just full of drugs, gangs, violence, and crime and how they banded together to overcome these disadvantages to become doctors. They made a pact to do well in school, get good grades, go to college, and become successful doctors. They did this by always being there for one another and supporting each other whenever they needed it the most. Without the support of one an ...more
May 08, 2012 Luisledezma rated it really liked it
The Book We Beat The Street is a book that shows what people have to live with and I liked how the authors wrote the book by showing the new problems.
Brooke B.
Mar 28, 2017 Brooke B. rated it it was amazing
We Beat the Street is a book about three boys who became friends and overcame challenges together. Sampson, Rameck and George grew up in the inner city surrounded by fighting and drugs. Living in the inner city meant only one future, selling drugs, but the boys wanted more than that. They wanted to be successful and show that no matter who you are or where you live anything is possible. So the boys formed a pack; stay together, work hard and become doctors and that's exactly what they did.
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mr talywacker
We beat the streets was a good and inspiring book to read. This was the first full book I have finished in a long time. The authors made it so I wanted to keep reading by making it interesting with clues and leads to what is going to happen next. The story was plotted in Newark, New Jersey in the projects. There were three kids named Sampson, George, and Remeck. They all face hard times in the streets with drugs and street violence everywhere. The three kids were all very smart and at the top o ...more
We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success is the moving story of three young African American men who overcome poverty, peer pressure, racism, and sometimes their own bad choices, to become doctors.

The book is narrated in the third person, interspersed with first hand narratives of each of the men. Each was a gifted student who nonetheless felt tremendous pressure from the world around them to stay where they are. Each also had experiences which showed them there was a better plac
Qalid Abdi
May 03, 2012 Qalid Abdi rated it it was amazing
i like beat the street because its tells you have
The book focuses on three friends: Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt. These three students all met at the “University of High School” during this time they made a friendship pact to get through life itself. All three kids grew up as members of low income families so it was very hard to get the things they wanted. Every time one of these kids were to get in trouble I would think positive for them because I like these characters. Their
Jaja Borja-Laure
Apr 17, 2011 Jaja Borja-Laure rated it really liked it
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I finished reading this book in a jiffy. This book is very straightforward, very easy to love and, most of all, very friendly to my almond-shaped peepers! Even a fourth grader will appreciate this!

It tells the story of three colored (hope I'm politically correct) kids living in a challenging environment in New Jersey. These things are common in their daily grind: drugs, peer pressure, street crimes, cop sirens and other things often found in gangster movies. While most kids their age lived in a
Feb 15, 2010 Nic rated it liked it
What a great book! I love how seriously it acknowledges the pressures and dangers of life in low-income urban neighborhoods, the temptation to get involved with drugs and crime, and the things that people sometimes do without thinking them through. It also shows good examples of people supporting teens, whether through encouragement, discipline, or forgiveness. I thought it a very strong point that Rameck could have had his dreams derailed at least twice if not for the understanding of people li ...more
May 11, 2011 Lisa rated it it was ok
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Mitchell DiStefano
Jan 05, 2016 Mitchell DiStefano rated it really liked it
I would highly recommend this book to teenagers. The book is an inspiring story about three boys from Newark, New Jersey who grew up to be doctors. This book can teach important life lessons to young adults who are still trying to find their place in life. The book is written in a way that is relatable to teenagers and is explained by the doctors at the end of each chapter.
This book shows how three friends grew up and overcame multiple struggles that they encountered while living in the tough
Joabany Carreto
Mar 07, 2013 Joabany Carreto rated it really liked it
I read this book called "We Beat the Streets" by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt. This book is about this three authors that become doctors. They grew up in a bad street in New Jersey called Newark. There was lots of violence where they lived, so they would have to support and depend on each other.

The characters are Sampson, George, and Rameck that struggled in their neighborhood because there were lots of drugs, poverty, and apathy and they could not deal with that anymore so tha
Angel Cortes
this book is about three kids named sampson remek and gearge. they beat the streets by becoming doctors. nd they did so by creating a pact that would lead them thru highschool and college and medical school. but mostly thru the years they had to spren living in the streets. they had overcome many challenges thru their first years but they had to do it for the rest of their lives. and that was the hardest part.
i can connect to this book because i am going thru what they are aswell. i live in a ki
Ahmed Farhan
Nov 03, 2016 Ahmed Farhan rated it it was amazing
This book is about 3 men: Sam, George, and Rameck, from Newark, New Jersey. They were all from the streets of Newark and they all had an early experience with doctors. As they grew up they were faced with lots of peer pressure and drugs and it was up to them what they were going to do. They heard about a pre-med college program and where their from nobody really goes to college. They decide to join it and it opens up a whole new world. But the question is do they make it?

Personally in this book
May 25, 2015 Nathan rated it it was amazing
In the Non-Fictional novel We Beat the Streets written by the three main characters in the book, Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt the main objective of the authors is to motivate the audience. I like this motivational text because it pushes me to keep going and fight on to achieve my goal, even through the hardest of times. Also I love how the authors start all the way back to their childhoods in the ghetto to give a clear understanding of what they had to go through as little kids ...more
Braden Jones
Sep 30, 2016 Braden Jones rated it it was amazing
I think that this is a good book and that it has heart because this is about 3 kids that grew up in Newark, New Jersey and there giving back to their home town because the people and place they grew up in and they know a lot of people that couldn't afford healthcare if they go injured or anything and they became doctors.

review by: Braden Jones 10/18/16
Nov 05, 2014 Aileen rated it it was ok
I gave this book 2 stars because it was good at the begging, but then when it started to get to the ending it was kinda predictable. But it was good and it gave you lessons of what you should try do do or don't do.
Aug 27, 2008 Mannie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: To everybody
Recommended to Mannie by: Ms Huff
This book is actually the book that has my mind focus on College. Its basically talking about 3 friends who grew up together in the inner streets of the ghetto. not all kids from the ghetto grow up to sell drugs. some become doctors all it takes is a little hard work!!
Oct 29, 2014 Itzel rated it really liked it
i liked this book,but i really did'nt enjoy it honestly. i liked the fact that they were explaining there stories just like if we were in the book. They were very descrpitive they were just really deltailed and organized with how they said their biographs.

May 05, 2009 Jasmine rated it it was amazing
I read this book when I was in 8th grade each and everyone of the authors told there life stories and how it all being.
Kenzie M
I really love this book!! It's very inspiring and it pushed me to work harder for the things I want!!!
Jamir Booker
Jan 08, 2016 Jamir Booker rated it it was amazing
This book is about three men who grew up in a violent neighborhood, But still led to success. They all grew up to be doctors.
Dec 17, 2014 Jhoana rated it really liked it
I thought this book was good because it made me think about my future and I liked this book because the story had a lot of intresting stories of their life when they were younger.
Emma Went
Jan 27, 2016 Emma Went rated it it was amazing
This is a good book because it tells you about their lives and it is a good book to just read.
Jan 24, 2013 Khadijah rated it liked it
this is a book i would recomand for students in middle or 5th to see that they can do better or do their best.
Autumn K
Jan 08, 2016 Autumn K rated it it was amazing
I love this book!
Shaliz Khanal
Dec 17, 2014 Shaliz Khanal rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was really good. I would suggest this book to a friend because it is non fiction and true stories are not always good but this book is really good.
Oct 29, 2014 Dalila rated it really liked it
I really liked this book even though i am not done reading it. Its a great book.I wish there was more action in it.
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