When We Wuz Famous by Greg Takoudes

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Francisco Ortiz, a handsome straight-A student and gifted basketball player from the barrio, wins a full scholarship to an elite boarding school. His future seems promising. But soon after Francisco moves into the dorm, his new classmates assume the worst of him: they pepper him with questions about drugs and gangs. It's all so confusing, made even more complicated when Francisco realizes that back home in the hood, he no longer fits in, though his friends still rely on him to solve their problems. In a desperate attempt to help one of his homies, Francisco makes a terrible decision and becomes everything he fought so hard to rise against.
In When We Wuz Famous, Greg Takoudes has written a riveting novel about breaking down stereotypes, crossing boundaries, and clinging to where you come from.


About Greg Takoudes

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Greg Takoudes is an author and filmmaker whose feature film, Up with Me-which inspired his first novel, When We Wuz Famous-won several awards, including the Special Jury Award at South by Southwest, and was distributed by IFC Films. Prior to moving to New York, he worked for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer as a member of the creative team at Imagine Entertainment in Los Angeles. Greg lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children. For more about Greg, visit Takoudes.com.
Published March 5, 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 320 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Puerto Rican senior basketballer Francisco Ortiz can't escape the past.

Feb 19 2013 | Read Full Review of When We Wuz Famous

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Based on Takoudes’s 2008 indie film, Up with Me, this hard-hitting novel follows three teenagers in New York City’s Harlem, struggling to survive inside and outside the neighborhood. Francisco has bee

Feb 11 2013 | Read Full Review of When We Wuz Famous

Gr 9 Up—Francisco, a promising high school student and talented basketball player, is sure he can rise above his limited options in Spanish Harlem when he is granted a scholarship to attend an elite, upstate boarding school. Pressure builds as he struggles to remain true to himself and his backgr...

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