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Begging for Change (Raspberry Hill #2)

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Desperate to get her mother out of their rough situation, Raspberry steals money from a friend and now she must deal with the consequences and guilt, fearing that she may be going down the same path as her drug-addicted and thieving father. Reprint.
Paperback, 248 pages
Published May 31st 2004 by Jump At The Sun (first published 2003)
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Jessica Green.
Nov 07, 2008 Jessica Green. rated it liked it
This book so far is wonderful. Not confusing one bit. It makes me feel like it's my own life. Because of the things going on in this book. Amazingg READ fo sho!
Isabelle Sanchez
The book BEGGING FOR CHANGE, by Sharon G. Flake is about a fourteen year old girl named Raspberry. Raspberry is a girl who was living a normal life with her mom and dad, until the day that her parents separated. When her mom and dad separated from each other, Raspberry stayed living with her mother, while her father lived in the streets. There was a time when Raspberry and her mom were living in the streets and begged for change, but then finally her mom worked two jobs and got them out of ...more
Sep 18, 2007 Imani added it
Recommends it for: TEENS
Shelves: finished
Sharon G. Flake was one of the authors that i used to love reading books from. Her, Walter Dean Myers and Sharon M. Draper were probably my three favorite authors back in Junior High and in the beginning of my high school years. What i liked about all these authors was that they all wrote about a common theme, which was teen life and the issues that average teenagers have to go through. I have read lots of other Sharon G. Flake books such as Money Hungry and The Skin I'm In.
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Jun 08, 2010 Qian rated it liked it
The book Begging for Change by Sharon Flake is very interesting book that is different from other books I have read. The main character Raspberry have a tough life that teaches her security is all about money. With money she can do whatever she wants and nobody can hurt her and that is what she got out of her best friend Zora. When her mother Mrs. Hill got hit by a terrible neighbor Shiketa, her drug addicted father make his way back into the house. Raspberry have live a harsh life with her ...more
Gesha Corbin
Oct 30, 2007 Gesha Corbin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone from teen an older.
Begging for Change is an elegant book of overcoming the most arduous situations and moving away from them. Flake has captured through life of 1 teen and made it into everyday life for everyone. In Begging for Change, Raspberry Hill is a 14-year-old girl who refuses to be homeless anymore because her mom was brutally abused and is in the hospital. So in order for her not to be homeless, she will steal from anyone. Including her best friend, Zora. See but Karma kicks in and Raspberry's crack fiend ...more
Aug 28, 2008 AnnaBnana rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
I thought this book was really compelling. I haven't seen a lot of books for younger kids that deal with serious topics like this. With that said, even with the serious issues, I didn't feel like Flake was heavy-handed or trying to hard to teach lessons. The neighborhood descriptions and the characterizations felt real.

This kind of fiction is good to have around for a couple of reasons--first, there is an entire group of kids who will find that this book opens their mind to an alternate reality
Nov 27, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Raspberry is a girl living in modern-day first world poverty- in the projects, where violence is normal and neighbors go further than just complaining. I liked this book somewhat; the plot has a one-in-a-hundred chance of actually happening to someone (or maybe I'm just too sheltered =_=), but it's good enough for a book that has to show all the issues the author wants to cover in a limited amount of pages. The title is very appropriate, showing how much the character desires and is looking for ...more
Nov 22, 2008 Saraoxenfeld rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
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Dec 10, 2012 Gabriella rated it it was amazing
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Mar 04, 2010 Johanna rated it it was amazing
Johanna Garcia
Begging For Change by: Sharon G. Flack
Begging for Change is about a young teenager named Raspberry. Raspberry wasn’t the kind of partying girl; she was the type of teenager who worried about her lifestyle, especially when she is in a rowdy neighborhood where she is encountered by many problems. Once, she had to choose money over her best friend that she stole, and to top that her best friend (Zora) will soon be her sister because her dad and Raspberry’s mother are in a serious r
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Aug 24, 2009 Allison rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-2010
Raspberry Hill, the protagonist of this book, is a fourteen-years-old girl. Her father is addicted to drugs and her mother used to do drugs. However, she is badly beaten one time by one of the neighbors. Because of the misfortune in her family, Raspberry struggles to find security in her life and love from her parents. In order to keep herself from being homeless and fight for the survival of her family, she begins to steal money from her best friend, Zora. After all the effort she has put in ...more
Apr 08, 2010 Nikoleta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: grade-8-ir-book
Begging for Change is about Raspberry and her live in the Bronx. She and her mother live in the projects and were once on the streets. Raspberry is scared of the fact that she can be back on the streets so she is trying every possible way to make some money. Everywhere in there apartment there are stashed dollar bills and coins. But when Raspberry's mom and her best friend's dad fall in love, Zora's dad takes Rasp and Zora out. Unfortunately, hungry for money, Raspberry steals the money from ...more
Jun 11, 2009 Januario added it
Shelves: 2008-2009
Is it a sin to steal even if it is for your mother's survival? For Raspberry Hill, 14-year-old, begging for change and stealing her best friend's for money has become a necessity in order to keep herself from being homeless. Her mother used to do drugs and was severely beaten by one of her neighbors. With only her mother in her life, Raspberry is forced to stand up on her own and fight for the survival of her family. After all the effort she has put in order to steal money from Zora, her ...more
Eva Leger
Mar 19, 2009 Eva Leger rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teens
Recommended to Eva by: found on bookmooch
Shelves: b-urban-fiction
This is a really, really, really fast book.
I neglected to read the book that came before this which is Money Hungry but after reading this I think I'll hunt it down. Just to get the beginning of the story really, not because it's not to miss literature.
The book is about a girl and her momma and their lives. They have it rough, the girls father is a deadbeat addict who keeps coming around, stealing from them. The mother is a stand up woman who is raising her daughter right. They live in a not s
Dec 24, 2008 Naomi rated it really liked it
Shelves: advisory08-09
Begging for change is the sequel to Sharon G. Flake's earlier novel Money Hungry. Its about a 14 year old girl named Raspberry who has gone through so many rough times at this early stage in her life. From being homeless to having an drunk bum as a father, Raspberry ultimately has no one to turn to as her mother is viciously attacked by a 17 year old girl who took her anger out because Raspberry's mother did not appreciate the "loud music" and other ruckus that was caused by her and her friends. ...more
Nadia Hall
Oct 19, 2010 Nadia Hall rated it it was amazing
The book Begging For Change is about a fourteen year old girl named Raspberry who is still strugggling to find her own security and place in the world. Along with the struggle of trying to find her own place in this world she lives in this community she calls the "projects". With that being said there is known to be trouble or drama held all the time and for Raspberry she has just had enough of it!

She already has to deal with her mom nearly dying because of the attack her mom went from one of th
May 25, 2015 Erica-Marie rated it liked it
My daughter was assigned this book for school...and I read all books she does in order to better help her, understand her curriculum, etc. I gave the book 3-stars for how I personally felt about it...and it just wasn't my style. That being said, I can understand why it is involved in her current curriculum and I think that there are many lessons in there pertinent to her peer group ... as opposed to when I was in school. Having just finished "The Giver", I thought this an interesting follow-up, ...more
Ambar Flores
May 27, 2016 Ambar Flores rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 78
I like this book and I would recommend my book to my friends, this book is about a girl named Rasberry and she lives with her mom, her dad is a man who lives on the streets with his friend and they don't have food or clothes. Then one day his dad comes to her house to visit her, but he is actually their to trick and take her money. Then she kisses Sato and they start going out. Then Rasberry's mom gets hurt because a girl called Marica hits her with a pied and Rasberry lives with Dr. Mitchell ...more
Jan 25, 2010 Hua rated it liked it
The title has caught my attention. The protaganist of the book is Raspberry Hill who lives in a poor family . Her father is drug addicted and her mom is alo used to be drug addicted. She tried her best to maintain her family. She stoled the moeny from her best friend to help her family however her father stoled her money for drug. She realized how she was like her father. I think she should've just ask her friend to borrow her money. I think this book teaches people how to choose a right ...more
Jun 02, 2009 Kassia rated it really liked it
Imagine being a homeless girl, who begs for change - both literal and figurative. Raspberry, the girl who lives alone in the world has to face many factors and conflict in her life. Her neighbor comes and attacks her mother - which ends up bringing her druggie daddy back into her life. She tries to live up for what she wants and reach her dreams, but she notices that it'll be impossible - if she has no money. I really liked this book and recommend this as well. It really draws and captures the ...more
Ricky Ko
Apr 18, 2010 Ricky Ko rated it it was amazing
This book "Begging for change" is about poverty. Raspberry's Dad is an alcoholic and left the family. Her mom works but makes just enough to support the two of them. She wears clothes her mother sews so she gets teased in school. This book taught me that real friends wouldn't make fun of you or make you do bad things.

I would recommend this book because its a good book to read. It also gives you a look at how lucky you are to have branded clothes, good food, and a dad. This book made me feel than
Sep 20, 2008 Jennifer rated it liked it
I thought this book was pretty good. I liked Rasberry's inner struggle and how it was resolved. I do hope that her father straightens himself out, but he needs to stay away until he's on his own 2 feet and not stealing from his 14 year old daughter. I liked how Rasberry's mom resolved her own struggle and i do think she could have shown a little more anger in her final letter to the girls that hurt her...Overall, I thought it was a good story...I'm not too sure about that boyfriend of ...more
Nancy Cisneros
Jan 07, 2015 Nancy Cisneros rated it it was amazing
this book is really good. It shows me how many poeple suffer because of money and how u loose some poeple because of money problems
Feb 04, 2016 Daisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: daisha
It was a very interesting book
Zuleyma Vasquez
May 11, 2016 Zuleyma Vasquez rated it it was amazing
I'm reading the book in my class it's really good
Richie Partington
Jul 15, 2013 Richie Partington rated it it was amazing
04 January 2004 BEGGING FOR CHANGE by Sharon G. Flake, Hyperion/Jump at the Sun, June 2003, ISBN 0-7868-0601-X

"Zora says none of this woulda happened if Momma and me had gotten that Section Eight house in Pecan Landings. Momma tried. But the neighbors went to court to keep us out. They think people living in Section Eight housing are poor, dirty, and bad for the neighborhood. We got a lawyer fighting for us to be able to move in there. But I ain't so sure that place will ever be ours."

In 1969 th
Nov 04, 2016 Phoebe rated it really liked it
Do not let Raspberry Hill into your home… unless through the form of Sharon G. Flakes novel Begging For Change. It was her sparkly nail polish that invited me into the exciting, and nauseating life she led while living in “The Projects” with her Mother, Ms.Hill. Raspberry was tough, although the floral decals on her thumbs suggest otherwise, that’s because Raspberry dressed herself in innocence while conflict she caused arose, and her friends and family suffered the consequences. If I’ve learned ...more
LaTeja  Hunter
Oct 26, 2016 LaTeja Hunter rated it it was amazing
This book is my favorite book of all times. If you like drama you should read this book
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Sharon G. Flake is the author of five books, The Skin I'm In (1998), Money Hungry (2002), Begging for Change (2003), Who Am I Without Him? Short Stories About Boys and the Girls in Their Lives (2004), Bang! (Sept. 2005), and her latest novel The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street (2007).

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