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Standing Against the Wind

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  531 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Patrice Williams was happy living in Georgia with her grandmother, who called her “cocoa grandbaby.” Then her mother lured her to Chicago and ended up in jail. Now Patrice lives with her Auntie Mae, and her new nickname is “Puffy” – thanks to her giant poof of hair. But Patrice’s hair isn’t the only reason she sticks out: she cares about her grades and strives for the best ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Maegan (The Slinky Serpent)
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to Maegan (The Slinky Serpent) by: Destiny Henderson
I was recommended this book by fellow Goodreads member Destiny Henderson. She likened the book to a Ghibli movie. As a stan of Ghibli I --of course, decided to add to my TBR right then and there. Problem was I didn't want to spend money on a book I wasn't sure I would love. So I decided to go to the Library.

Now, a small aside, this may not seem like a big deal, but it's been probably close to seven (?) years since I've stepped foot in my public library, I blame it on the digital age. BUT. In ho
It's Jess✨
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
More like a 4.5!!

So I loved this book and I have come to care for Patrice a lot. I love a story that I can invest in the character even when the book is shorter. I was engaged from the very beginning.

Why it’s not a complete five star is because
1. The trope that “you’re not like other girls” is a large element to why the love interest is into Patrice. And I find that to devalue people or make side characters (no matter how mean) one dimensional. Mean characters have motive most of the time. And n
Destiny Henderson
I have read this book exactly 12 times (it will probably be 13 soon). I didn't know I could fall in love with a book. I connected so much with Patrice's personality as if she were a mirror image of me (minus the shy part). Patrice was an adorable character (soft-spoken, intelligent, and sweet), but Monty was a gem or better said—a guardian angel. I often joke that everyone in life needs a Monty. Someone that unconditionally supports you and wants the best for you!

"I told myself that the next t
Feb 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing
*** 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
"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
Apr 11, 2013 rated it liked it

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
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 ...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
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
Jan 25, 2009 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*3.8. Read in 2 days :)
Beautiful Chris K
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Zhao Yang
Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Patrice Williams receives an opportunity to apply for a prestigious boarding school, her only hope to get out of her mess of a life in Chicago. It really shows self-advocation, yet you never really know who to trust. Sometimes that makes it hard to let in people who might actually be trustworthy. This book had a powerful message that was sadly not developed very well. Maybe it's because I liked reading Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson so much, I had high expectations for similar reads. ...more
Ms. P
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Patrice is a smart girl in a community that doesn't value smart girls. Readers learn to admire Patrice's determination to live up to her own high standards for grades, as well as how she manages all the obstacles in her path: having to care for her much younger cousins, doing all the housework for her aunt that works two jobs so she can pay for keeping an extra child in her house, dodging mouthy boys and critical girls from her class.

Motifs: determination, loyalty, caring for others
Anurag Nimmala
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked how the book started out with a very shy character. It was amazing watching the character develop slowly. You were with her with the ride the entire time with every triumph and every fall. I enjoyed the book. But it was quite short they could have added more detail and make it longer with better ending.
Penelope  ~Conversations with my cat~
The ending seemed a little abrupt, but an otherwise good read.
Tracy Bailey
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Young people doing good things. Keep reading, you'll find it. ...more
Kathleen Meehan
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very inspiring book.
Maliea Faison
-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 ,
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
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
Feb 24, 2017 added it
it was so good and you just fall in love with Patrice she is such an interesting character
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
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
„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 aunt´s place. Her mother was sent to jail, and this is the reason wh
Apr 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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