Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia

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The wrong angle

Trina: "Hey," I say, though I don't really know them. The boyed-up basketball girl barely moves. The others, her girls, step aside. It's okay if they don't speak. I know how it is. They can't all be Trina.

Dominique: Some stupid little flit cuts right in between us and is like, "Hey." Like she don't see I'm here and all the space around me is mines. I slam my fist into my other hand because she's good as jumped.

Leticia: Why would I get involved in Trina's life when I don't know for sure if I saw what I thought I saw? Who is to say I wasn't seeing it from the wrong angle?

Acclaimed author Rita Williams-Garcia intertwines the lives of three very different teens in this fast-paced, gritty narrative about choices and the impact that even the most seemingly insignificant ones can have. Weaving in and out of the girls' perspectives, readers will find themselves not with one intimate portrayal but three.


About Rita Williams-Garcia

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Rita Williams-Garcia is currently a faculty member at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in the Writing for Children and Young Adults Program. She has two adult daughters, Stephanie and Michelle, and a son-in-law, Adam, and lives in Jamaica, NY. You can visit her online at www.ritawg.com.
Published February 19, 2009 by Amistad. 179 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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When Trina cuts in front of Dominique and her girls, Dominique threatens, “I’m gonna kick that ass at two forty-five,” and Leticia witnesses it all.

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Common Sense Media

The book's message is subtle here, and some readers may need a parent or teacher's help to get it: At the end, Dominique remains unremorseful about putting Trina in a coma -- but really it's Leticia, who knew of the planned attack and did nothing, that is really at the heart of this book.

Feb 24 2009 | Read Full Review of Jumped

The Yalsa Hub

Although each of the characters have sympathetic moments, all three are basically unlikable and spending a whole book with three unlikable characters is pretty hard.

Mar 29 2011 | Read Full Review of Jumped

Reader Girlz

Readers might claim that Leticia, Trina, and Dominique are “not like me” (what teenage girl really goes around believing she looks absolutely perfect and is beautifying the school by her very presence?) but their stories are real and gripping, and they will make readers think.

Jan 17 2010 | Read Full Review of Jumped

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