Playground by 50 Cent

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I can’t help but note...that in a publishing climate where North American gay writer...find it nearly impossible to find mainstream publishers, books such as Playground are a kind of cruel insult...
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Thirteen-year-old Butterball doesn't have much going for him. He's teased mercilessly about his weight. He hates the Long Island suburb his mom moved them to and wishes he still lived with his dad in the city. And now he's stuck talking to a totally out-of-touch therapist named Liz.

Liz tries to uncover what happened that day on the playground - a day that landed one kid in the hospital and Butterball in detention. Butterball refuses to let her in on the truth, and while he evades her questions, he takes readers on a journey through the moments that made him into the playground bully he is today.

This devastating yet ultimately redemptive story is told in voice-driven prose and accented with drawings and photographs, making it a natural successor to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

Loosely inspired by 50 Cent's own adolescence, and written with his fourteen-year-old son in mind, Playground is sure to captivate wide attention - and spark intense discussion.
 

About 50 Cent

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Curtis J. Jackson III (50 Cent) has sold more than 20 million records worldwide. His debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, was the largest debut in SoundScan history. He also manages a broad business empire and serves on the board of G-Unity Foundation, a nonprofit organization serving low-income youth. His previous bestsellers include his autobiography, From Pieces to Weight, and the motivational guide The 50th Law. He is also the author of Playground, an antibullying book for young adults.Jeff O’Connell is editor-in-chief at Bodybuilding.com. He authored Sugar Nation and coauthored the New York Times bestseller LL Cool J’s Platinum Workout.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Razorbill. 321 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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Below average
Reviewed by Zoe Whittall on Feb 06 2012

I can’t help but note...that in a publishing climate where North American gay writer...find it nearly impossible to find mainstream publishers, books such as Playground are a kind of cruel insult...

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