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Chill Wind

3.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  71 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
A tough and funny project girl manages to make that chill wind blow away

The good life, according to Aisha Ingram, is easy. It's hanging with friends, dancing, listening to music, whatever . . . but it doesn't include worrying about the future. Chilling out is her mantra until she receives a sixty-day termination-of-welfare-benefits notice. Without her monthly food stamps a
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 24th 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published 2002)
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Nov 09, 2012 Jasmineelam11 rated it really liked it
The novel, "Chill Wind," is about a young, African American, woman, named Aisha, who lives in the complete projects and has two kids with no job, education, or money and lives with her mother. She is surrounded by the project life of "chilling" while letting welfare, food stamps and etc, handle her responsibilities. The area she is surrounded in effects her dramatically. The only life style that surrounds her or that she only knows of is the "project life" and that's letting the government take ...more
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I didn't exactly like this book. I felt like the main character was too ghetto(haha) and careless to be likable. She really got on my nerves. The only nice part was the author's dedication or whatever that talked about 9/11 since the book was published in 2002 or something. That's it.
Apr 14, 2014 Hélène rated it it was ok
It was ok but not very original...and people who live with the money of other people and just doesn't want to work make me feel a little angry...also she finally managed to live like a star with no real effort... Real life is rarely like that...this is not a very good example for young people in her situation I think...
Jan 23, 2012 Alexia is currently reading it
Basically this book is about high school drop out Aiesha who has two children. While depending fully on her welfare check for both of her children aiesha feels as of she can be a sucessful single paren.But she is wrong one day while home aiesha recieves a 60 day suspension notice from the welfare company now with this aiesha is left with nothing to do and no support from her ex boyfriend. And little help from her mother who suffers from a life of failure and lost love,so throughout the story aie ...more
Nov 03, 2008 Niah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teenage girls
This book is the greatest. It's about a girl who's welfare checks is about to expire and she has to find a way to make money because her baby daddy, Kevin, isn't helping her and she isn't choosing welfare So she tries all kinds of ways to raise money like hairbraiding and babysitting. Then one day while watching tv she sees an ad fo rbig models so she decides to check it out. When she get's there she get's called names and get's into a fight. Will she ever find the right job, or will she be livi ...more
Mar 28, 2009 Jill added it
Shelves: teen
Aisha is like many of the girls in her neighborhood- a single mom on welfare with no high school diploma. This is fine with Aisha until she gets the letter from social service stating that her welfare benefits will end in two months. From ther, she has the option to join a workforce training program that she says she absolutely won't do. After trying to weasel her way around the system, Aisha finally makes her own destiny.
Jan 29, 2014 Anne rated it it was ok
I bought this last year thinking it would be a good YA book. However, the plot is kinda serious and I had to wade through a lot of emotional turmoil to finally get to the part when Aisha gets the modeling job and achieve some stability in her life. Good lessons in here but not my type of YA fiction though hence the two stars.
Feb 24, 2011 Jenny rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, realistic
Aisha Ingram has spent the last 5 years chillin on welfare with her two children. So much easier than staying in school. Now welfare is about to run out, and Aisha m ust figure out a way to support her family. None of her scams work, and her mom and siblings won't help. It's up to her to save the day.
Dec 02, 2010 Carolynne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Coretta Scott King New Talent Award. Abandoned, unwed mother Aisha goes off welfare and tries to make a good life for herself and her two children. Relatable heroine finds unlikely success. Unfortunately, in 2007 McDonald, who grew up in a Brooklyn project, died of cancer. She was only 53.
Sep 13, 2010 JazzyRacquel rated it it was ok
Good Book Don't Be A Lazy Hoodrat Is The Moral ! The Ending Sucked ! ...more
Sep 09, 2011 Winona added it
i had to read this book in school and i couldn't belivie it
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Companion novel to Spellbound.
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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 ...more
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