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We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Davis, Sampson, Jenkins, George, Hunt, Rameck, Draper, Sharon M.
ISBN: 0142406279     ISBN-13: 9780142406274
Publisher: Puffin
    OUR PRICE: $7.20  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: April 2006
Annotation: 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.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
African American physicians; New Jersey; Newark; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Youth with social disabilities; New Jersey; Newark; Biography; Juvenile literature.
African American youth; New Jersey; Newark; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Dewey: 610.92/2
LCCN: bl2006010861
Lexile Measure: 860
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 0.75" (0.50 lbs) 194 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 87557
Reading Level: 5.8   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 7.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q39490
Reading Level: 5.2   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 11.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): IV>George Jenkins, Sampson Davis, and Rameck Hunt grew up together in Newark and graduated from Seton Hall University. Davis and Hunt received their medical degrees from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Jenkins received his dentistry degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry. The three doctors are the recipients of the Essence Lifetime Achievement Award. All three continue to live in Newark.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Fall)
With Sharon M. Draper. In Draper's adaptation of the adult book, [cf2]The Pact[cf1], three childhood friends tell the inspiring story of how they avoided drugs, gangs, and violence in their Newark, New Jersey, neighborhoods By supporting each other, they grow up to become medical doctors. Never didactic or preachy, the book is frank, personal, and frequently riveting. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2005 April #1)
The authors of the adult bestseller The Pact here redirect their story for a younger audience. The three young doctors from Newark, N.J., reflect upon the seminal moments, people and relationships from early childhood to graduation that led them to choose medicine over the street (even though the boys "[didn't] even know anybody who went to college"). Each chapter begins with a childhood incident, followed by the doctor's narrative about what that event meant to his future. The authors honestly portray both their successes and failures, including flirting with crime. In one, Rameck Hunt, then in 11th grade, and some old friends (whom his mother called "thugs") beat a homeless man for smoking on school property, until he was critically injured; after Rameck's release from a weekend in a detention center, he resolves to focus on his future. George Jenkins's memory of his first trip to the dentist seeds the early passion that would grow into his own vocation in dentistry. The doctors show how their pact to stick together and support each other through college and medical school helped them achieve their goals. Throughout, the three stay true to themselves, such as when, in a summer pre-med program at Seton Hall, Sampson Davis defends wearing baggy jeans and sweats in a hospital: "If I live in the hood, and I work in the hood, then my patients will think I'm dressed appropriately, don't you think?" Readers searching for role models should find much to cheer and emulate here. Ages 10-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2005 May)
Gr 7 Up-The Three Doctors, as the subjects of this inspirational book call both themselves and their nonprofit foundation, grew up in a tough neighborhood in Newark, NJ. Draper tells an epiphanic story featuring each of the young men by turn, followed by his comments on how a single event affected him across time. Davis, for instance, remembers the hospital where he later became an emergency-medicine physician as the same one where his foot was treated after an incident when he was six. Hunt recalls first meeting Sampson and Jenkins in ninth grade. Jenkins tells of the friends' success at moving from high school to college. Draper adds dialogue and evokes the pivotal moment in each vignette as though it were a scene in one of her realistic novels. The book takes the young men through college and medical school and into their careers. While Jenkins seems relatively calm and serious from the beginning, Hunt found himself in trouble right into medical school. Davis had trouble getting an emergency-medicine internship-and then found himself back in his Newark neighborhood, right where he knew he'd be serving his hometown. The writing here, whether Draper's or the doctors', is simple and accessible and there is plenty of action for reluctant readers. More advanced readers may want to read The Pact (Riverside, 2002), the Three Doctors' joint autobiography for adults.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.