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AFTER TUPAC AND D FOSTER by Jacqueline Woodson

AFTER TUPAC AND D FOSTER

By Jacqueline Woodson

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-399-24654-8
Publisher: Putnam

The summer of 1995 brings D Foster away from her foster home to the block where 12-year-olds Neeka and the unnamed narrator reside. The three girls find themselves bonding over parental restrictions and Tupac Shakur, and their developing friendship encourages the girls to embark on a forbidden bus ride off the block. After D returns to her mother’s care, Neeka and the narrator find that not even Tupac’s death can hold the three of them together. With her colloquial and gentle style, Woodson weaves a tale of burgeoning friendship among three New York girls. Blending equal parts bravado and emotional frailty, D’s presence adds a lively element to the solid relationship of the two longtime friends; D quickly becomes the mischievous voice encouraging rebellion. Though authentic, the secondary plot with Neeka’s brother breaks the continuity of the story. The unnamed-narrator conceit is odd for Woodson; her work needs no such devices to encourage multiple reads. Walkmans and bootleg tapes solidify the setting of the previous decade, bringing added authenticity to Woodson’s satisfying tale of childhood friendship. (Fiction. YA)