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

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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.
ebook, 208 pages
Published April 20th 2006 by Puffin Books (first published April 21st 2005)
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Mar 13, 2013 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Heaven Griffin
Jun 29, 2009 Heaven Griffin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dimitra H.
We Beat the Street
The Three Doctors,
Sampson Davis
George Jenkins
Rameck Hunt
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
Apr 29, 2014 Godxkobe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success is the moving story of three young African American men who overcome poverty, peer pressure, racism, and sometimes their own bad choices, to become doctors.

The book is narrated in the third person, interspersed with first hand narratives of each of the men. Each was a gifted student who nonetheless felt tremendous pressure from the world around them to stay where they are. Each also had experiences which showed them there was a better plac
Mitchell DiStefano
I would highly recommend this book to teenagers. The book is an inspiring story about three boys from Newark, New Jersey who grew up to be doctors. This book can teach important life lessons to young adults who are still trying to find their place in life. The book is written in a way that is relatable to teenagers and is explained by the doctors at the end of each chapter.
This book shows how three friends grew up and overcame multiple struggles that they encountered while living in the tough
May 08, 2012 Luisledezma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 20, 2011 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Joabany Carreto
Mar 07, 2013 Joabany Carreto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 09, 2012 Qalid Abdi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jaja Borja-Laure
Apr 21, 2011 Jaja Borja-Laure rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
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
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
Jun 03, 2015 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the Non-Fictional novel We Beat the Streets written by the three main characters in the book, Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt the main objective of the authors is to motivate the audience. I like this motivational text because it pushes me to keep going and fight on to achieve my goal, even through the hardest of times. Also I love how the authors start all the way back to their childhoods in the ghetto to give a clear understanding of what they had to go through as little kids ...more
Dec 17, 2014 Jhoana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was good because it made me think about my future and I liked this book because the story had a lot of intresting stories of their life when they were younger.
Shaliz Khanal
Dec 17, 2014 Shaliz Khanal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was really good. I would suggest this book to a friend because it is non fiction and true stories are not always good but this book is really good.
Kenzie M
I really love this book!! It's very inspiring and it pushed me to work harder for the things I want!!!
May 20, 2016 Lukas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine growing up in a place where you are surrounded of crime, drugs, and violence but trying to become something better than that. That is what the three boys Rameck, George ,and Sampson did in the book “we beat the streets’’ written by the three doctors. It is a very inspiring non fiction story that gives you a glimpse of the life in newark,New Jersey.

As mentioned before the story takes place in the streets of Newark, New Jersey. The three friends Rameck, George, and sampson had a rough lif
Nick Honor
Mar 07, 2016 Nick Honor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading We Beat The Streets by Dr. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt with Sharon Draper. This book taught so many lessons. It takes you on the path of three young men who grew up in a tough neighborhood in New Jersey and made a pact that they would go to the same college and graduate, together. Grow up being an African American can be very tough, they beat the odds.

"Your grades are high, your future is bright, and you should go to University High School." (Draper 6
Hanif Stokes
We Beat the Street by Sampson Davis is an realistic novel about three boys who discover that even when things get rough you can always make things a lot better with education.When the three boys started to get into lots of trouble there was a life changing event for all three of them when they went to a assembly in twelfth grade where they gather information about different college opportunities.After that they formed a pact and left the streets alone to focus on their main goals to become succe ...more
Jarick Perry
Dec 14, 2015 Jarick Perry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 23, 2015 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book "We Beat The Street" by the 3 doctors + Sharon M.Draper takes place in a rundown section of Newark, New Jersey. To my surprise,the 3 doctors who wrote this book are actually the main characters of this story. In here, you have Sam,George and Rameck. Where they live, it's rare or almost impossible to make it out to college. Surrounded by gang violence and druggies its hard for them to not get caught up in the mess. But together with the same dream and passion, they help each other to ac ...more

Have you ever met someone or read about someone who was into drugs and gangs, but turned their life around to become a doctor? I haven't either until I read this book. In the book, We Beat the Streets, by The Three Doctors. The main character Sam, George, and Rameck don't like to get into trouble, but find themselves in trouble after all.
The main characters, Sam, George, and Rameck go to the park and help keep the park clean because the park is getting run down by drug and gang activity. The
Feb 08, 2015 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is an amazing and truly inspiring book that I think students and educators alike should have the opportunity to read. It is an easy read and hard to put down. This true story takes place in the drug and gang ridden streets of Newark, New Jersey. It follows the lives of three African American boys, Sam, George and Rameck, and their unbreakable friendship as they defeat all odds and become doctors. The book switches between each of the boy’s stori
Dec 21, 2014 Matthewqaz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jose Avila
Jun 02, 2014 Jose Avila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
May 08, 2014 Mia Lipsitz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Winston Downing
May 20, 2015 Winston Downing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a really good book because it gave insight on all of there lives. As I read the book I pictured the situations they all went through and how strong you had to be to get through all of this I asked my self could I handle all of this. Not only were they in poverty they were raised in a single parent home so they didn't really have support from both sides.

What I liked most about the book is that every thing is real and there is no sugar coating and I can really relate some of the
Rebecca Noemi
Mar 12, 2015 Rebecca Noemi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was assigned by my English teacher to read as a class. I thought this book was good because you cant really find friends that you know since you are young till when you grow up. That is what you call true friends. In this book I was hoping to have three friends that stick together and fight battles and achieve things together and that is what I got out of it. I liked how in the beginning of the book they didn't even know each other and some how in high school they became friends and ha ...more
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