Kendra by Coe Booth

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The acclaimed author of TYRELL returns to PUSH with a striking novel about a mother and daughter who are only fourteen years apart, but need to learn to understand each other before it's too late.

Kendra's mom, Renee, had her when she was only 14 years old. Renee and her mom made a deal -- Renee could get an education, and Kendra would live with her grandmother. But now Renee's out of grad school and Kendra's in high school ... and getting into some trouble herself. Kendra's grandmother lays down the law: It's time for Renee to take care of her daughter. Kendra wants this badly -- even though Renee keeps disappointing her. Being a mother isn't easy, but being a daughter can be just as hard. Now it's up to Kendra and Renee to make it work.

About Coe Booth

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Coe Booth is a graduate of The New School’s Writing for Children MFA program, and a winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction. She is the author of Tyrell and Kendra, and was born and still lives in the Bronx.
Published January 1, 2010 by Push. 316 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Kendra, a thoughtful, introspective teen, is more into theatrical design than getting into trouble.

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Both adults were saddled with responsibilities they either didn’t want (in Kendra’s mother’s case, she was too young to be a capable mother at 14) or had already dealt with (as in the case of Kendra’s grandmother, who raised Kendra while Kendra’s mother was away at college, then grad school), and...

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Adonna punches Kendra and Kendra grabs Adonna's hair weave.

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The novel Kendra is a story about a fourteen-year-old girl growing up in the projects of Bronxwood, New York.

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