Hip-Hop High School by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

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Theresa Anderson is every kind of smart: too smart-mouthed for her own good, street smart enough to deal with a neighborhood that gets more dangerous every day, and more book smart than anyone knows. But with the example of her super-achieving older brother towering above her, Theresa hasn’t even been trying. How can a girl compete against the family favorite, especially when he’s a certified local hero? With her parents and her teachers always on her case, and her best friend pregnant and dropped out of school, Theresa turns to hip-hop for comfort. Her favorite singers seem to understand her when no one else does. Everything changes when a new man comes into Theresa’s life: Devon, whose tough-guy reputation conceals a blazing ambition for academic success. Devon helps Theresa face up to her own talent and ambition, and together they set off on a three-year quest to beat the SAT and get into top colleges. But then Devon gets shot in a street fight, leaving Theresa with two piles of unfinished college applications—her own and Dev’s—and time running out. . . .
 

About Alan Lawrence Sitomer

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Alan Lawrence Sitomer is an English teacher in an inner-city school in Los Angeles. He was selected Teacher of the Year in the state of California in 2003 and 2005. He is the author of The Hoopster (Jump at the Sun, 2005), Homeboyz (Jump at the Sun, 2006), and Hip-hop Poetry and the Classics.
 
Published April 1, 2007 by Jump At The Sun. 96 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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Fellow student, Devon Hampton, helps Theresa face up to her talent, beat the SAT, apply to top colleges and leave an environment in which so many fellow students are drowning.

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In HIP HOP HIGH SCHOOL readers are introduced to Theresa "Tee-Ay" Anderson.

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