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After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
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“Three the hard way” are three best friends, two of which are neighbors who grew up together, and the third is the mysterious D. The timeframe of this novel is told through the lens of Tupac’s last two years alive, placing what happens in the story within the frame of events like the release of a new single or Tupac being sent to jail. Readers know immediately that both Tupac is killed and D leaves, events tied together in the protagonist’s mind. This powerful story celebrates the music of Tupac and how it touched a generation. Woodson’s lyrical prose about growing up in a world of racism, oppression, and homophobia is deeply convincing and touching. References to 1990s musical technology (e.g. Walkmans) and an artist dead for over a decade date Woodson’s setting but not her message. The power of friendship is a universal tale, masterfully relayed. Details bring this candid narrative to life, with characters who simultaneously judge D’s shoes while accepting her without any knowledge of her background or past. Winner of a Newbery Honor, this book is very highly recommended for children ages ten to thirteen.

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