Begging for Change by Sharon G. Flake
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"Flake's strength . . . lies in developing genuine, believable adults and children."-BCCB (starred review) "Flake's charged, infectious dialogue will sweep readers through the first-person story."-Booklist (starred review) Fourteen-year-old Raspberry Hill is still struggling to find security in her life. More than anything, she wants a father who will love and protect her, like Zora's dad. When her mother is attacked, Raspberry does the unthinkable: she steals money from Zora, her best friend. It's only when her thieving, drug-addicted father returns that Raspberry begins to wonder whether betraying Zora will cost her more than she can ever repay. Is Raspberry destined to follow in her father's footsteps? Raspberry is certain…something's got to change.
 

About Sharon G. Flake

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Author Bio: Sharon G. Flake won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for her first novel The Skin I’m In and is a two-time Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book winner. Beloved by children and adults, critics and booksellers, librarians and teachers, she is the author of a middle-grade novel and five books for young adults that have sold more than half a million copies. The mother of a college-age daughter, Flake writes full-time from her home in Pittsburgh. To learn more about Ms. Flake, please visit her at www.sharongflake.com.Illustrator Bio:  
 
Published May 1, 2009 by Disney Hyperion. 241 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This sequel to Money Hungry (2001) stands on its own, as the tale of a young teenage girl struggling to do right by people in hard times.

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An impoverished teen obsessed with getting money whatever way she can, to build a nest egg for her and her mother, gets herself into trouble.

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Once again, Flake captures the essence of inner city life as she continues her insightful saga of Raspberry Hill, an impoverished teen obsessed with getting money whatever way she can.

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