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Joseph's Grace

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Joseph’s sophomore year is about to begin, but his new start is a false one. At his father’s request Joseph moved in with Aunt Shirley, Uncle Todd and cousin Jasmine over the summer, to distance himself from his mother’s drug problems and the dangerous characters she interacts with. But efforts to keep Joseph safe have had tragic results for Jasmine: Momma’s boyfriend Bow,...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published May 18th 2010)
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This book is fiction based on too much reality. Shelia P. Moses does an excellent job of representing people of the black community as a whole, both ends of the spectrum and the good stuff in between.

Joseph's mother is a crack head, messed up with a bad dude they call Bow. Bow doesn't appreciate that she has moved away from him in an attempt to get clean. He comes looking for her at the house of her sister's family, where Joseph is staying while his father is deployed with the military. Read how...more
Joseph Flood has a lot on his plate as his junior year begins. Not only is he balancing school, work, tennis, and a new relationship with Valerie, but he is mourning the loss of his older cousin Jasmine. Shot by the sometime boyfriend of Joseph's mother, Jasmine represented the family's brightest dreams. As Joseph and his aunt and uncle struggle to accept the loss, they also try to help Joseph's mother put her own life back in order. After all, her drug addiction and inability to take care of Jo...more
I really enjoyed reading this novel. In fact, it was just way too short; I wanted more. I purchased this book without realizing that it was a sequel. Part one is titled "Joseph" and I hope to read it soon. This story was all about a teen boy trying to find his own way and let go of his need to "father" his drug addicted mother who's boyfriend is responsible for murdering his favorite cousin. The story is very realistic and teens would definitely be able to relate the themes in this book. I recom...more
This was the sequel to Joseph. Shelia Moses is the queen at telling a tightly knit story that captures you immediately. I liked that this story took place in Durham, Raleigh, and featured mentions of North Carolina Central. Her mentions of "AKA sorority" leads me to believe that Shelia is not intimately acquainted with Greek life.
Quick notes: content may appeal to struggling middle to high school readers. Characters are flat and underdeveloped, but the story is interesting. A quick read, that lends itself to in-depth discussions on themes of drugs, sex, violence, and parental responsibility and irresponsibility.
Read this for a YA lit class focusing on reluctant male readers. 3.5 stars - definitely recommended for middle school/high school boys. My complaint is that the language is simplistic but I think that plus the compelling story would draw reluctant readers in.
touching story but Joseph comes across much younger than a junior in high school
Chris Tsang
A quick read, very very sad at first, but you come to root for Joseph!
Edward Sullivan
See my forthcoming review in Kirkus.
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Poet, author, playwright, and producer Shelia P. Moses was raised the ninth of ten children on Rehobeth Road in Rich Square, North Carolina. She is the co-author of Dick Gregory's memoir, Callus on My Soul, as well as the award-winning author of several books for young readers. Shelia lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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