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Standing Against the Wind

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  310 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Patrice Williams was happy living in Georgia with her grandmother, then her mother lured her to Chicago and ended up in jail. Living in the projects, Patrice is an easy target for everyone. Not only won’t she stand up for herself, she cares about her grades—unlike her classmates. But that draws the attention of Monty Freeman, another eighth grader who asks Patrice to tutor ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 19th 2010 by Square Fish (first published September 5th 2006)
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Eryn
A good story overall, but the character, Monty, seemed a little too good to believe sometimes. The ending was awful. Way to dump us off at the exciting part! This is not a book in a series.
Leane
"Standing Against the Wind" is adorable. Author Traci Jones tells the story of Patrice, an African American girl who, after growing up in Georgia, moves to Chicago to live with her aunt and cousins while her mother is in prison. Patrice is a great character because she contrasts so much with her peers and family. She is soft-spoken, thoughtful, smart, and driven. Patrice can't wait to apply for a scholarship to an all-African American boarding school so that she can leave Chicago where she is bu ...more
Lindsey
This book is about 13-year-old Patrice, an African American girl who, before the book begins grows up in Georgia, and when we meet her has fairly recently moved to Chicago. Patrice lives with her aunt because her father is absent from her life and her mother is in jail. She has a hard time adjusting to the cold and to city life. She takes school very seriously and is a very responsible young adult who helps cares for her young cousins and basically runs her aunt's household. Patrice is picked on ...more
Bianca
Standing Against The Wind is about a shy, 13 year old girl named Patrice. She was happy living with her grandma in Georgia, till one day her mom sent her back to live with her and her siblings in Chicago. So she “Could grow up and live with her mom and siblings”. That didn’t work out because her mom went to jail two months later for welfare fraud. Patrice and her older sister stayed with their Aunt Mae. Patrice meets a popular boy named Monty, who asks her to tutor his little brother. From then ...more
Adriana Newell
Patrice is a young woman that struggles getting use to a rough new lifestyle after leaving in an easy going with her grandmother. Patrice is now living in Brooklyn with her aunt and is difficult then she ever encountered. Patrice has mor responisiblities then ever, taking care of the household chores and taking care of her sister on top of that balancing schoolwork. Patrice does make a friend that seems to add to her chores yet helps her in the end of her dream school.


This book is for all teenag
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Mary
Patrice seems to others like someone who is too weak to stand up for herself, but she is really a girl of very strong character with the odds stacked against her. It would be easy for her to give up in discouragement, or to consider her own wishes before thinking of others, or to take ethical shortcuts, but unlike many of those who surround her (mother, aunt, classmates, sister), Patrice doesn't compromise her ideas of what is right. Her goodness is uncommon - if not perhaps unrealistic - in thi ...more
Elijah
I like this book and it showed the values of America. how being humble, meek and kind will bring upon good things to you basically karma. It showed alot of the American Stereotype of the good little scared girl who lives inside ghettos and she wants to get out but because of some people around her with jealousy they try to put her down and treat her bad. It's also the stereotype of the African-American child whose father is gone and mother is in jail or on drugs and the child has to live with an ...more
Nikki
I didn't want this book to end. I can't believe how real the characters felt, I didn't want to put this book down. There is absolutely nothing I disliked. The pacing was great, the writing was lovely, the length of the book is appropriate, the characters; especially Patrice and Monty, leave me feeling desperate and sad for their circumstances and all fuzzy and warm about their relationship. Patrice's development as a character was amazing, as it didn't feel forced or exaggerated. I want everyone ...more
Sally Kruger
I've now read all three of the books by author Traci L. Jones. They are perfect for middle grade girls. Each features a strong female protagonist determined to reach her goal.

In STANDING AGAINST THE WIND Patrice Williams must leave her grandmother's home in Georgia and move to Chicago with her mother. After only eight short weeks, Patrice's mother ends up in prison leaving Patrice with an aunt she barely knows.

Patrice hates Chicago. It is cold and windy. She spends her days working hard to earn
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Erin
What a lovely book! While some may say that the characters are too good to be true, I can attest from personal experience that they are not: I teach students like this every day. Patrice and Monty's relationship was beautifully written. In particular, I love this scene from page 128-129:

Patrice snorted, not believing him. "Yeah, right. So I guess I am weird. So why are you hanging out with such a freak?"

Monty turned and looked at her directly. The lightness of the conversation evaporated instant
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Marshay Elijha
I just got done reading a booked called Standing Against the wind. It's about a girl named Patrice who moved from Georgia to Chicago so mom won’t go to jail. That didn't work one month later her mom when t to jail. She went to jail for identify fraud and wafer fraud. Patrice has a older sister named Cherice and a older brother named Marquis. Cherice is a good hair styles and work at a solon called cut n style. Cherice and Patrice live with there Auntie Mae. Cherise is never there she always out ...more
Nanci
Booklist says: "Gr. 6-9. In the tradition of Janet McDonald, this moving first novel tells a hopeful story of Patrice, a shy, studious teen who beats the odds in her grim inner-city neighborhood. Patrice, who lives with her aunt, never knew her dad and barely met her mom, who is in jail. When she gets a chance to win a scholarship to a prestigious African American boarding school, pressures in her aunt's home and on the streets threaten to pull her down--until Monty, a gang leader, protects her ...more
Bianca

Standing Against The Wind is about a shy, 13 year old girl named Patrice. She was happy living with her grandma in Georgia, till one day her mom sent her back to live with her and her siblings in Chicago. So she “Could grow up and live with her mom and siblings”. That didn’t work out because her mom went to jail two months later for welfare fraud. Patrice and her older sister stayed with their Aunt Mae. Patrice meets a popular boy named Monty, who asks her to tutor his little brother. From then
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Bookproject_seebacher
„Standing against the Wind“, written by Traci L. Jones, is a very exciting novel, especially for girls between the age 12 to 15. The main topics are friendship, relationship and problems at school and at home, so the book shows a classical part from a young teenager’s life. The book deals with the topic „self- confidence“ and that it is important to be yourself.

Patrice (main character) lives in Chicago, in a poor region, at her aunt´s place. Her mother was sent to jail, and this is the reason wh
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Maliea Faison
GOODREADS REVIEW #3
Characters
-In the novel ・Standing Against the Wind・, each character’s personalities and characteristics were vastly crucial. It was presumed that all characters described by the author were precisely specified. By this I mean, each character was described in detail and it was fairly easy to visualize the appearance and attitude of the characters.
*Patrice Williams*- ~main character~ A young, sweet and kind girl living in Georgia who , while juggling school and future goals ,
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Rebecca
Apr 12, 2007 Rebecca rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If you liked True Believer, All of the Above, Sahara Special, Becoming Naomi Leon
I really enjoyed reading this one and I think it will appeal to kids who like hard-luck stories. Eighth-grader Patrice deals with some very tough situations (poverty, bullies at school, living with her aunt, her mom in jail, her sister always staying overnight at guys' houses), but the book does not use any language or obscenity.

It reminded me a lot of True Believer with its sweet but strong girl protagonist and the hardships of growing up in the inner city - how difficult it can be to just get
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Alainal
Patrice was happy living in Georgia with her grandma. Her mother brought her to Chicago and then ended up in jail. She is living with her aunt and she does all of the chores, cooks, and cleans. She always does her homework, and is a good student. People make fun of her and call her puffy because she doesn't take care of her hair even though her sister works at a beauty salon. Her and a kid named Monty become close over the month and they began to hangout more. She tutors his little brother and h ...more
Bookproject_seebacher
The book “Standing Against the Wind”, written by Traci L. Jones, is a novel for girls between the age 13- 15.
It’s a story about a girl, who is bullied at school.

Patrice is a shy girl, who lives in a poor area at her aunt’s place, because her mother is in jail.
Patrice is very good at school, however she is bullied, because of her fluffy hair.
A very popular boy, called Monty, protects her and asks her for help at school, he shows her to believe in herself and don’t give up.
So they became friends
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Adrienne
Patrice Williams is smart, shy, and prone to tears. Having recently moved to Chicago, she lives with an aunt and two cousins, and while she does her best to help around the apartment and get good grades, she doesn't fit in at school and wishes she could get out of Chicago. So when she hears about a scholarship to a prestigious African American boarding school, Patrice is determined to apply. In the meantime, though, she finds herself forming a friendship with Monty Freeman, who despite his statu ...more
Linda
I enjoyed reading this book. It's a pretty quick read. Its the story of a 13 year old girl who has been raised by her paternal grandmother up until recently. The story picks up with Patrice living in a poor section of Chicago being teased by pretty much everyone. She is very smart, skinny, sensitive and has an unusually large quantity of nappy hair. Her mother has ended up in prison and she is living with her mother's sister--feeling like a burden and trying to be useful. I liked the writing sty ...more
Michelle
Patrice Williams is an intelligent girl who loves school and strives to win a scholarship at a black boarding school far from the harsh environment in which she lives. Along the way she finds friendship and protection from Monty, a boy who takes a romantic interest in her and can express his inner scholar while in her presence.
The characters in this book are totally believable and the plot moves along at a reasonable pace. Students will struggle along with Patrice and identify with her relations
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Tina
Aug 17, 2008 Tina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all YA readers
Patrice Williams - super smart, living with an aunt, 2 cousins and her sister, very shy and living in a very rough neighborhood. The only person in school and the neighborhood who is nice to her is Monty a boy who lives in the same apartment building. Patrice is offered a chance at a scholarship to a boarding school and is very excited. Monty asks her to tutor his little brother Michael who is behind in school and they all end up working on their schoolwork together. While working with Patrice, ...more
Tina
I chose this book because the title was interesting to me. This book is about a girl named Patrice, who wants to get into a boarding school. She eventually gets a scholarship to go there; Dogwood Academy. It is an African-American boarding school. My favorite quote in this book is, "And if you spend more than one night at some man's house, he think you're all into him." I like this quote because it actually is maybe true sometimes. The author's style in this book is not really unique or anythin ...more
Naomi Oyegue
I PERSONALLY TRIED TO HATE THIS BOOK I REALLY DID BUT THERE WAS NO WAY THAT I COULD HATE IT,IT WAS A COMBINATION OF GREAT AND LOVE AND THAT IS THE KIND OF BOOK I THINK ALL FEMALES SHOULD READ BECAUSE IT TELLS US ABOUT A GIRL WHO USE TO BE BULLED BECAUSE HER HAIR WAS NICER THAN MOST PEOPLES BUT IT WAS ALSO PUFFY BUT I LOVED THERE WAS ALWAYS SOMEBODY TO STAND UP FOR HER.
Kelsey
a seriously amazing book. very motivational and inspirational for any middle schooler to read. and the romance was sweet and unhurried. this is how you write a middle grade novel. ya authors, take note.
Natasha karp
The theme to this book is about a varity of sterotypes, shown by the author when Patrice Williams, a shy young african american child who lives in the ghetto who want to come out her shell but is unable to because of the people around her are so full of jealousy they try to put her down and treat her badly so she can not get out would like too. there is also the stereotype of the african american child whose mother or father are doing drugs, getting in troble with the law or left there child so ...more
Allison
Young adult novel about a teen struggling to make her way in a rough Chicago neighborhood after being uprooted from her home in rural Georgia. Engaging tale for young readers.
Julie
Well written. Tells the story of Patrice, a middle school student who has to move from the countryside in Georgia to the inner city of Chicago to live with her Aunt after her mother is sentenced to prison. Standing Against the Wind tells the story of how Patrice is befriended by Monty a fellow student who is streetwise to Patrice's book sense. Patrice has the opportunity to apply for a full scholarship to Dogwood Academy, the only African American boarding school in the country. Her one hurdle t ...more
Camri Jackson
I have to say that personally I gained a lot from reading this book. Traci, if you ever get the chance to read this I just want you to know that your book, written in your words, helped someone else learn something about themselves. Patrice starts the book as a weak little girl who, only at the age of thirteen took on so many adult chores and responsibilities due to the absence of her father, mother, aunt, and grandmother. I look up to the personality you gave to her.. She is now a strong person ...more
Karen
I enjoyed this book and really liked the characters. Patrice, the smart girl who must essentially raise herself, and Monty, the tough guy who turns out to be smart and kind, form an unlikely friendship. Their relationship grows through the strory and the reader is rooting for them to succeed. My main complaint about the book is that is isn't very deep. These characters all have deeper issues and while it is nice to suspend reality and watch things happen in a storybook manner, it also isn't very ...more
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