After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
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The day D Foster enters Neeka and her best friend’s lives, the world opens up for them. Suddenly they’re keenly aware of things beyond their block in Queens, things that are happening in the world—like the shooting of Tupac Shakur—and in search of their Big Purpose in life. When—all too soon—D’s mom swoops in to reclaim her, and Tupac dies, they are left with a sense of how quickly things can change and how even all-too-brief connections can touch deeply.

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About Jacqueline Woodson

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Jacqueline Woodson (www.jacquelinewoodson.com) is the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, the recipient of three Newbery Honor Awards for After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers and Show Way, and a two-time finalist for the National Book Award for Locomotion and Hush. Others awards include the Coretta Scott King Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Miracle's Boys. Her most recent novel, Beneath a Meth Moon, will be published spring 2012. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.E. B. Lewis (www.eblewis.com) has illustrated more than fifty picture books, including Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner Talkin' About Bessie (by Nikki Grimes) and Caldecott Honor winner Coming On Home Soon (by Jacqueline Woodson). He taught art in public schools for twelve years, and currently teaches at the University of Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in Folsom, New Jersey.
 
Published January 10, 2008 by Speak. 172 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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The summer of 1995 brings D Foster away from her foster home to the block where 12-year-olds Neeka and the unnamed narrator reside.

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The girls in “After Tupac and D Foster” and “The Wild Girls” encourage one another to tramp through the woods, or take a secret train trip to the big city and back.

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Teen Reads

Like how D hasn’t seen her real mother in a long time and has to live with her foster mom Flo until who knows when.

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Common Sense Media

Author Woodson depicts a time, a place, and a friendship that all feel very real, and she uses the device of their love of Tupac Shakur to make their experience universal.

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