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Playground by 50 Cent
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Jan 13, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: ya, read-2012
Read from January 10 to 11, 2012

50 Cent has written a winner; Playground looks at how an urban teen boy reacts to the divorce of his parents, being overweight, and wanting to fit in. This story is told through the eyes and words of Butterball, who is a bully. After beating a former friend with a sock filled with batteries, he must attend counseling sessions. Adverse to talking about what happened, Butterball initially doesn't seem to get much from the sessions but he gradually opens up. Wanting to please his dad, his mom, and his friends isn't easy, especially when his reputation as a bully means his friends expect Butterball to do their dirty work. Some language might make this book inappropriate for some younger teens but when used, it is in context. As a middle school librarian, I find the book appropriate for grades 7 and up. My students will read it and recommend it to others, meaning multiple copies need to be available. Well done, 50 Cent!

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