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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
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 19th 2010 by Square Fish (first published September 5th 2006)
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Eryn
Feb 19, 2011 Eryn rated it liked it
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.
Azzare Martinez
Dec 01, 2016 Azzare Martinez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*** Spoiler Alert ***

This book is really good, I recommend this book who likes, drama and romance. The genre of this book which is Standing Against the Wind is fiction. What I thought about the book, it was amazing. Standing Against the Wind was amazing because it had real good plot twists unexpectedly, and I liked how Traci L Jones described the girl Patrice William's problems and how they can be solved.

Mostly the story would take place in Chicago, like her Auntie Mae's house, and school. Patr
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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
Leane
Jan 14, 2011 Leane rated it really liked it
"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
Bianca
Apr 10, 2013 Bianca rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 25, 2009 Elijah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kendra Adan
Apr 08, 2016 Kendra Adan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was the best book I ever read because this book is about this girl her name is Patrice that has had gone through rough parts of her life. She gets bullied by two guys and her mom is also in jail. She never lived with her mom, she had lived with her other family. But even though she had gone through bad times she still kept going on with her life she never gave up on herself. Want to find out more read the book Standing Against The Wind... I loved this book.
Tasha
Mar 27, 2014 Tasha rated it really liked it
*3.8. Read in 2 days :)
Abby
Jan 06, 2017 Abby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My novel for The Thrill of Horror that I chose is called Standing against the wind. I think this book is fit for this unit because to me it is horror. In this book real life horror situations happen. More important and realistic things happen in this book than it does in a normal horror genre. For example in the book the main character Patrice was taken from her grandmother and moved back to chicago with her mother that soon got thrown in jail and is forced to live with her aunt now. Patrice get ...more
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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Shugg
Oct 02, 2016 Shugg marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: african-american
genre: realistic fiction
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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
Ja'Tayia Banks
Dec 15, 2016 Ja'Tayia Banks is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite part of the book was when Nefrititi called Patrice “Puffy” Patrice instantly snapped. If i could be one character i would be Patrice because she was independent.Something i learned from this book was you don’t typically need your mom for everything. A favorite quote of mine from the book was “she as smart as a whip in school,but she ain’t got no street sense” because it reminds me of myself. Overall,i think this book was amazing because i never knew a person could survive without the ...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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Bianca
Apr 11, 2013 Bianca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 aunts place. Her mother was sent to jail, and this is the reason why
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Rebecca
Apr 12, 2007 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  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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Nanci
Jan 13, 2008 Nanci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Alainal
Dec 09, 2011 Alainal rated it really liked it
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
Jun 12, 2013 Bookproject_seebacher rated it really liked it
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
Jun 26, 2011 Adrienne rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen
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
Jun 08, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 17, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 16, 2008 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  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
May 09, 2013 Tina rated it liked it
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
Nikki
Jun 16, 2014 Nikki rated it it was amazing
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
Sahniya Thomas
Feb 16, 2016 Sahniya Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a good novel. I think this story has a good meaning behind it. Patrice is a shy girl who was very smart at school. She was living in Georgia with her grandmother, but then move to Chicago to live with her aunt and her cousins while her mother is in jail. Patrice is different from the others. That's when she meet Monty. Then all of a sudden Monty be me her guardian angel. Patrice is excited because she can't wait to apply for an African American boarding school so she can get way fro ...more
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