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We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  961 ratings  ·  236 reviews
This New York Times bestseller is the dramatic, inspiring story of three inner-city youths--Samson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt--whose strong friendship gave them the strength to continue their education and become doctors. Photos.
Hardcover, 194 pages
Published April 20th 2006 by Turtleback Books (first published April 21st 2005)
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Dimitra H.
We Beat the Street
The Three Doctors,
Sampson Davis
George Jenkins
Rameck Hunt
Nonfiction
194 pages

Growing up on the rough streets of Newark, New Jersey, Rameck, George,and Sampson could easily have followed their childhood friends into drug dealing, gangs, and prison. But when a presentation at their school made the three boys aware of the opportunities available to them in the medical and dental feilds, they made a pact amongst themselves that they would go to collage and become doctors. It took a l...more
Sam
This book was called “We Beat the Street.” The writers were the three doctors, Dr. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt with Sharon M. Draper. It was about three kids that grew up in the “hood.” A rough part of town where they saw killing, drugs, and all sorts of things that you usually do not see to often. These three kids were one of the smartest in his class but people told them that they were not suppose to show it because it made them look ‘dumb’. They had goals though once the...more
Godxkobe
The story We Beat the Streets by Sharon M. Draper is the remarkable true story of how three kids from bad neighborhoods that were just full of drugs, gangs, violence, and crime and how they banded together to overcome these disadvantages to become doctors. They made a pact to do well in school, get good grades, go to college, and become successful doctors. They did this by always being there for one another and supporting each other whenever they needed it the most. Without the support of one an...more
Heaven Griffin
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Joabany Carreto
I read this book called "We Beat the Streets" by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt. This book is about this three authors that become doctors. They grew up in a bad street in New Jersey called Newark. There was lots of violence where they lived, so they would have to support and depend on each other.

The characters are Sampson, George, and Rameck that struggled in their neighborhood because there were lots of drugs, poverty, and apathy and they could not deal with that anymore so tha...more
mr talywacker
We beat the streets was a good and inspiring book to read. This was the first full book I have finished in a long time. The authors made it so I wanted to keep reading by making it interesting with clues and leads to what is going to happen next. The story was plotted in Newark, New Jersey in the projects. There were three kids named Sampson, George, and Remeck. They all face hard times in the streets with drugs and street violence everywhere. The three kids were all very smart and at the top o...more
Qalid Abdi
i like beat the street because its tells you have
The book focuses on three friends: Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt. These three students all met at the “University of High School” during this time they made a friendship pact to get through life itself. All three kids grew up as members of low income families so it was very hard to get the things they wanted. Every time one of these kids were to get in trouble I would think positive for them because I like these characters. Their...more
Jaja Borja-Laure
I finished reading this book in a jiffy. This book is very straightforward, very easy to love and, most of all, very friendly to my almond-shaped peepers! Even a fourth grader will appreciate this!

It tells the story of three colored (hope I'm politically correct) kids living in a challenging environment in New Jersey. These things are common in their daily grind: drugs, peer pressure, street crimes, cop sirens and other things often found in gangster movies. While most kids their age lived in a...more
Nic
What a great book! I love how seriously it acknowledges the pressures and dangers of life in low-income urban neighborhoods, the temptation to get involved with drugs and crime, and the things that people sometimes do without thinking them through. It also shows good examples of people supporting teens, whether through encouragement, discipline, or forgiveness. I thought it a very strong point that Rameck could have had his dreams derailed at least twice if not for the understanding of people li...more
Angel Cortes
this book is about three kids named sampson remek and gearge. they beat the streets by becoming doctors. nd they did so by creating a pact that would lead them thru highschool and college and medical school. but mostly thru the years they had to spren living in the streets. they had overcome many challenges thru their first years but they had to do it for the rest of their lives. and that was the hardest part.
i can connect to this book because i am going thru what they are aswell. i live in a ki...more
Jose Avila
“We beat the streets” is a great success story. It’s about three friends that meet in high school. As time goes by, they make a pact that they will go to college together. But before they meet, their childhoods are filled with drugs, violence, and jail time. They all in their childhood promise that they would never get involved with drugs. All three do something that takes away from those who use drugs. After making it to college, the three friends start to rap. With this they get to meet the gr...more
Mia Lipsitz
We beat the street is a story about three African-American guys, George, Sam, and Ramek,from Newark jersey who never thought they would get out of the city. Living in a bad neighborhood and having a poor family it seemed like the life of selling drugs ahead of them. Although the schools they attended were not the best and all their friends were not interested in education, George, Sam, and Rameck were very smart. This book tells the story of all three inspiring men and how they came together to...more
Calvin brown
Sampson Davis’s book We Beat The Streets was very inspiring book. Do you ever feel like you're never going to accomplish anything in life? Well this is how this three guys felt. In this book three guy overcome crime, drugs, and gangs to become successful doctors.

This book takes place in Newark, New Jersey. A place where drugs, crimes, and gangs always are. The author gives vivid details on where the story takes place. It made me feel like I was there in the story. I could see everything that th...more
Grady
The story We Beat the Streets by Sharon M. Draper is the remarkable true story of how three kids from bad neighborhoods that were just full of drugs, gangs, violence, and crime and how they banded together to overcome these disadvantages to become doctors. They made a pact to do well in school, get good grades, go to college, and become successful doctors. They did this by always being there for one another and supporting each other whenever they needed it the most. Without the support of one an...more
Mannie
Aug 27, 2008 Mannie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To everybody
Recommended to Mannie by: Ms Huff
This book is actually the book that has my mind focus on College. Its basically talking about 3 friends who grew up together in the inner streets of the ghetto. not all kids from the ghetto grow up to sell drugs. some become doctors all it takes is a little hard work!!
Luisledezma
The Book We Beat The Street is a book that shows what people have to live with and I liked how the authors wrote the book by showing the new problems.
Rashid
This book is an inspirational book. It also helps with surviving in tough situations. It was about 3 young boys who don't ever think they would become doctors from where they live, but you would have to keep reading in order to find out what happens to them and the difficulties they face. It is very motivational and something to think about when you read. I personally loved it and I am not a consistent reader but when I read this it touched me and it pushed me to be a better person. I gave this...more
Jasmine
I read this book when I was in 8th grade each and everyone of the authors told there life stories and how it all being.
Courtney W
this was a great book! it gave me so much inspiration to believe in myself so i can do anything.
Erica
The three doctors telling their stories in this book are clearly incredibly inspirational, intelligent, and driven. I do take issue with how preachy, moralistic, and black and white the stories are, as well as how invested they are in the "American dream" (work hard and you'll achieve great things). I understand the importance of encouraging young folks of color especially to set high goals and work hard to achieve them. I just wish there was less shaming of folks who don't take a "respectable,"...more
4Ruby D
Sam, Rameck, and George grew up in a horrible enviornment 'The hood/streets'. They all had huge problems falling into peer pressure! In some bad things that include breaking the Law. All that has happened they wanted to change there lives, and they wanted to be dovtors. They were inspired by this speaker, that they were listening to at a university, & decided it's time for a change they didn't want to keep living the way they were, which was always getting into gang violence or drugs. They a...more
Mister Davis
From the mind of a middle school teacher…

Pre-Reading/Anticipatory Thoughts: I’m new to the YA scene so I’ve never heard of this novel before seeing it on the book list. But after asking around at my school, it seems to be fairly popular. At first when I read the title, I immediately thought of break dancing. I think that popped into my head because of the movie “Beat Street.” After seeing the cover and title together, my thoughts changed and I assumed the book was about how three guys made it of...more
Anne
Sampson, George, and Rameck could easily have followed their childhood friends into drugdealing, gangs, and prison. Like their peers, they came from poor, single-parent homes in urban neighborhoods where survival, not scholastic success, was the priority. When the three boys met in a magnet high school in Newark, they recognized each other as kindred spirits who wanted to overcome the incredible odds against them and reach for opportunity.

This was one of the best non-fiction books I've read for...more
Gagandeep
Never in my life have I been inspired to succeed in my life after reading a book, but after reading " We Beat The Street", this completely changed. This book included a plethora of reasons of why someone should read it, but for me, the actual struggles that these three individuals faced, was a prominent reason of why I enjoyed this book.In fact, I finished this book in one sitting, because of the emotion that is compacted through the plot line of the story.
Growing up in Newark, New Jersey, thr...more
Autumn
Amazing, inspiring story of three men from Newark, New Jersey who now call themselves the Three Doctors, who fought and eventually triumphed over the violence, drugs, and lack of vision that filled their neighborhood to become successful and well-regarded doctors. They made a pact with each other to help each other graduate and succeed in school, and they now serve in the very community they grew up in, actively working to inspire the next generation of children in their neighborhood to become m...more
Theresa Leone Davidson
This is a book for middle school/junior high students and easy enough even for them that it can be read in a day. It is the very inspirational story of three guys, all raised in or very near the projects of Newark, New Jersey, who not only go on to college but to medical school. They are all now very successful doctors who give a lot back to the communities from which they came, including giving lectures to students. I only had a couple of issues with the book: one was that one of the guys, at s...more
Na'kaila B
The three boys Sampson,George,and Rameck find there self's struggling to live in the streets of Newark,New Jersey, from stilling ,to gang banging ,to even killing each other over the names of the streets.Is all normal for these boys but as they get older they find keeping money in there pockets to help their family,from trying to stay out of the trouble from per pressure not easy to do.But when the boys find each other to doing will when they all make a pack to do better and to stay out of troub...more
Lauryn H.
The book I read was We Beat the Streets. I would probably give this book a 6. This book was very sympathetic and descriptive but boring. This book didn’t ever catch my eye or always wanted me to keep reading after I was done. On the other hand this book could relate to kids all over the world. I may have not grown up in a bad place of town having to watch my back every minute of the day and knowing anything could happen at any time, everyday kids have to go through that. On the front cover it sa...more
Amber Kraber

The new york best time seller was given great reviews by Booklist, publishers weekly and school library journal. Each doctor gave amazing experiences of growing up in Newark, New Jersey. The stories showed how they battled everyday struggles. Dealing with drugs, bad influence, racism, and just being in the wrong place at the wrong time could get them killed. When you first look at this book you think its just going to be another storey of a gang of kids and how they made it. But this journal sho...more
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