Gangsta Rap by Benjamin Zephaniah
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Ray has given up school. He sees no point in education and despises authority. And then he has no choice about school as he is excluded. But Ray also has troubles at home, which means he has nowhere to stay and ends up sleeping in the local record shop, owned by his friend Marga Man. Ray and his friends attend a Social Exclusion Project which means they can develop their music skills. Marga Man gets a record deal for them, and they become local heroes. But another rap band takes a dislike to Ray's music and gang warfare is the result... Based on Benjamin's own troubled experience of school and the music business, his passionate, immediate voice will appeal to all his fans.

About Benjamin Zephaniah

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The Author: Benjamin Zephaniah is probably one of the most high-profile international authors writing today, with an enormous breadth of appeal, equally popular with both adults and children. Most well-known for his performance poetry with a political edge for adults and ground-breaking performance poetry for children, Benjamin also has his own rap/reggae band, and has appeared on Desert Island Discs. He is in constant demand internationally to perform his work: he is (he thinks) Nelson Mandela's favourite poet, and is the only Rastafarian poet to be short-listed for the Chairs of Poetry for both Oxford and Cambridge University. Benjamin lives in East Ham, London.
Published July 4, 2013 by Bloomsbury Childrens. 336 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ray and his trouble-making East Ender friends produce a hip-hop single in their “alternative” academy, and the “Positive Negatives” hurtle toward stardom.

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While attending an alternative school, three reputed trouble makers ("known for their confrontational behaviour") are given the opportunity to develop their music skills and voice their anger against their school system, their parents and other authority figures.

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The only happiness the boys have is listening to music and spending time at the local music shop.

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