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.
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Based on Takoudesâs 2008 indie film, Up with Me, this hard-hitting novel follows three teenagers in New York Cityâs Harlem, struggling to survive inside and outside the neighborhood. Francisco has beeFeb 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...Jun 01 2013 | Read Full Review of When We Wuz Famous